Transportation Systems (Graduate Certificate)

Transportation has emerged as one of the highest priority issues for policymakers, employers, and citizens. The certificate program enhances the education of current and future transportation professionals to respond to this challenging environment. It builds upon existing programs in a variety of disciplines offered from four colleges and two campuses in the ASU system. The program approaches the subject from an integrated systems perspective and exposes students to a range of transportation alternatives and the interrelationships between transportation and economics, social equity, land use, technology, policy, energy, and the environment.

The certificate program offers current ASU graduate students and transportation professionals the opportunity to pursue a wide range of transportation-related issues from a multimodal, interdisciplinary perspective.

The certificate is intended to be either a specialization within an existing graduate degree program or a stand-alone 15 credit, non-degree program.

                          Visit Blackboard                                Visit ASU Transportation Studies website

(Please note that only enrolled students have access to the blackboard link.) 

 

 

Applicants -- either those already enrolled in an ASU degree program, or those who would like to do the certificate alone -- must complete the online application through the Graduate College.   In the application, you will be asked to upload:

  • A one-page letter of interest describing your overall objective in the Transportation Systems certificate program. Be sure to clearly state your interests in transportation in your graduate college and provide evidence that obtaining the Transportation Systems certificate will benefit your graduate college experience.
  • A list of all completed courses you will apply towards the certificate
  • A current resume or curriculum vitae

Applicants who are not currently enrolled in an ASU degree program, but wish to seek a graduate degree as well as the Transportation Certificate, must complete the full Graduate Admissions application process as specified by the school of interest in addition to an online application for the Transportation Certificate.  Please see each school’s guidelines for admission to a degree program. Please be aware that admission to a degree program and to the Transportation Certificate are independent of each other. Applicants interested in applying to the Transportation Certificate in addition to a degree program must also complete an admission essay for the certificate program that is independent from an admission essay for a degree program.

PLEASE NOTE - Graduate College policy restricts the number of pre-admission courses you may apply towards the certificate to 40%. This means that only 6 credit hours that you have already taken or are currently taking may be applied towards the certificate requirements. So please apply early.

Questions regarding the official application process should be directed to the Graduate College, which can be contacted at (480) 965-6113 or through their website.

 

The certificate is comprised of 15 credit hours. The 15 credit hours are broken down into the following manner:

  • PUP 591: Proseminar class (3 credit hours),
  • Three elective courses (9 credit hours) from an approved list of transportation-related courses.  These electives must include:
    • at least one from a field outside the student's major
    • at least one (and a minimum of 3 credits) in methods or techniques applicable to transportation systems planning.
    • No more than two 400-level courses may be used as electives.
  • PUP 593: Transportation Capstone course, which consists of a capstone research paper or project that explores a transportation problem from a multidisciplinary perspective (3 credit hours).

The Proseminar class generally meets only in the Fall semester in a once-a-week 2.5-hour evening class. It offers a broad overview of key concepts, transportation modes (road, rail, air, transit, non-motorized), geographic settings (rural, urban, parks, Indian lands, international trade), and issues (economics, equity, planning, safety, finance, regulation, environment, public participation, aging, alternative fuels). It features speakers from all academic disciplines in order to introduce you to the variety of disciplinary perspectives, terminology, and methods.

Students are expected to attend transportation-related seminars and events offered by the different disciplines. Requirements to attend a certain number of these events will be built into PUP 591 and PUP 593 class requirements.

The methods class can be chosen from a wide range of techniques relevant to transportation, such as survey research, statistics, GIS, modeling, etc.  See courses page for approved methods courses.

In developing a capstone paper, students are encouraged to work with transportation professionals or faculty in their area of interest to identify a topic that is of interest to the broader public and/or academia. Capstone papers can take various forms: 

  • An extended literature review
  • A substantial term paper
  • Survey research
  • Data analysis
  • Policy analysis
  • A draft proposal
  • A planning document

 

A thesis, dissertation, or applied project that focuses on transportation may substitute for a capstone paper. Students, however, must still register for the 3-credit PUP 593 course in the semester in which the substitute capstone thesis or project is to be completed. Credit for the substitute capstone will not be granted until the thesis, dissertation, or applied project is completed. The substitute capstone activity must be an individual project rather than a group project, must be worth a minimum of 5 credits, and must focus primarily on transportation. The director of the certificate program must approve any substitute cap

Students need to be aware that the 3-credit transportation certificate capstone paper does not replace a final culminating experience for a degree (i.e., thesis, applied project, capstone, and dissertation).

All decisions related to program offerings, admissions, and departmental participation are made in cooperation with the Transportation Systems Certificate Advisory Committee, which includes a member from several participating schools.

Be in touch regularly with the certificate director by email to let them know you have applied to earn the certificate and to verify the courses you are taking meet the requirements.

The transportation certificate is now offering courses on three ASU campuses as well as Internet courses. Internet courses do not meet at specific times. Follow guidelines given by instructors.

PUP 591, the required transportation proseminar, will be every Fall semester. It will be a discussion-based evening class, most likely on a Wednesday evening.

Please note that the capstone paper—PUP 593—does not meet at a specific time, even though the university course schedule says so. It is an independent project and is offered every semester. 

COURSE NUMBER*
COURSE TITLE (credits, if less than 3)
FULFILLS METHODS REQUIREMENTS**
* Students can get credit towards the certificate for no more than two 400 level classes. At least three of the five classes must be 500 level or higher. If you are also in a graduate degree program, different rules may apply, and you should consult your own school or department.
** Methods courses that are less than 3 credits must be taken with a second methods course, with the two courses totaling at least 3 credits.
 Planning Courses (Tempe Campus)
PUP 591
Required
Transportation Pro-Seminar
PUP 593
Required
Transportation Capstone (Paper)

(note: no specific class meetings)
PUP 410*
Public Participation in Planning
PUP 434*
Economic Development Planning
PUP 544
Urban Land Use Planning
PUP 550
Transportation Planning Environment
PUP 551
Sustainable Transportation Planning
PUP 553 (also CEE 507)
Urban Infrastructure Anatomy & Sustainable Development
PUP 576
GIS Workshop
Yes
PUP 579
Qualitative Research (2 credits)
Yes (2 credits)**
PUP 581
Optimization Fundamentals for Spatial Analysis
Yes
PUP 582 (also GIS 462/598)
Location Analysis and Modeling
Yes
PUP 598 (578)
Spatial Analysis (2 credits)
Yes (2 credits)**
PUP 598
Transportation System Planning
PUP 598
Public Participation Planning
PUP 598
Grant writing (1 credit)
PUP 622
Planning methods and analysis
Yes
Aeronautical Management Technology Courses (Polytechnic Campus)
AMT 408*
National Aviation Policy
AMT 410*
Aviation Safety and Human Factor
AMT 444*
Airport Management and Planning
AMT 489*
Airline Administration
AMT 522
Aviation Law/Regulations
AMT 523
Intermodal Transportation Management
AMT 524
Airport Management and Operations
AMT 525
Airport Planning and Design
AMT 527
Airline Management Strategies
AMT 528
International Aviation
Civil & Environmental Engineering Courses (Tempe Campus)
CEE 412*/511
Pavement Analysis and Design
CEE 474*/598
Transportation Systems Planning
Yes
CEE 475*/576
Highway Geometric Design
Yes
CEE 573
Transportation Operations
Yes
CEE 574
Highway Capacity
CEE 598
Travel Behavior Analysis
Yes
CEE 494*/598
Airport Pavement Design
CEE 507 (also PUP 553)
Urban Infrastructure Anatomy & Sustainable Development
Yes
CEE 598
Transportation Safety Analysis
Yes
CEE 598
Sustainable Civil & Environmental Systems Engineering
Yes
CEE 598
Transportation Survey Methods & Data Analysis
Yes
Geography Courses (Tempe Campus)
GIS 462*/GIS 598 Location Analysis and Modeling  
GIS 471*
Geographic Information Analysis
GIS 501
Fundamentals of Geographic Information Science
Yes
GIS 521
Geographic Information Science III
Yes
GCU 542
Geographical Analysis of Transportation
Yes
GIS 561
Optimization Fundamentals of Spatial Analysis 
Yes
Industrial Engineering (Tempe Campus)
IEE 521
Urban Operations Research
Yes
IEE 534
Supply Chain Modeling and Analysis
Yes
IEE 535
Intro International Logistics Systems
IEE 598
Network Flows
Yes
IEE 620
Optimization I
Yes
Public Affairs Courses (Downtown Phoenix Campus)
PAF 505
Public Policy Analysis
PAF 506
Public Budget & Finance
PAF 570
Urban Economics and Public Finance
PAF 591
Economic Development
PAF 591
Advanced Government Financial Management
Supply Chain Management Courses (Tempe Campus)
SCM 541
Logistics in the Supply Chain


Director

Michael Kuby
School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning
(PhD, Boston University)

Optimal facility location and network design models, transportation geography, light rail, alternative fuels, carbon capture and storage

Advisory Committee

Laurence Gesell
College of Letters and Sciences
(PhD, Arizona State University)

Airport and airline management, law, and regulation

Yingyan Lou
School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment
(PhD, University of Florida)

Transportation systems analysis, network modeling and optimization, intelligent transportation systems, transportation safety

Arnold Maltz
Supply Chain Management, WP Carey School of Business
(PhD, The Ohio State University)

Gerald Miller
Public Administration, School of Public Affairs
(PhD, University of Georgia, 1979)

Public budget, financial management, municipal bonds

Pitu Mirchandani
Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering
(PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Evaluating emergency evacuation, enhanced monitoring and planning of network infrastructure

Deborah Salon
School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning
(PhD, University of California, Davis)

Sustainable urban transportation, understanding transportation choices, climate policy for transportation, urban economics

Affiliated Faculty

Mikhail Chester
School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment
(PhD, University of California, Berkeley)

Energy and environmental life cycle assessment of transportation and land use systems, human health and ecosystem services impact assessment, environmental mitigation

Stewart Fotheringham
School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning
(PhD in Geography, McMaster University, Canada)

Mathematical modelling of flows - spatial interaction modelling; big data issues in transportation; spatial analysis of traffic accidents; GIS-T

Gary Grossman
School for the Future of Innovation in Society
(PhD, Purdue University)

International issues in transportation

Kamil Kaloush
School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment
(PhD, Arizona State University)

Asphalt mixtures, design, and characterizations, pavement management

Jason Kelley
School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning
(PhD, Arizona State University)

Urban transportation planning, environmental justice, sustainable urban planning and design

David King
School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning
(PhD, Arizona State University)

Codependence of transportation and land use planning, and transportation finance and economics, including parking policy, taxi services, micro-transit, and urban freight, and how these policies interact with land use planning

Michael Mamlouk
School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment
(PhD, Purdue University)

Pavement analysis

Nathan Parker
School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning
(PhD, University of California, Davis)

Transportation and energy, alternative fuels, biofuels, energy transitions, spatial simulation of future of transportation energy supplies, transportation energy policy

Mary Jane Parmentier
School for the Future of Innovation in Society
(PhD, University of Denver)

Transportation technology, international issues in transportation

David Pijawka
School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning
(PhD, Clark University)

Transportation of hazardous materials, environmental consequences of transportation decision making

Jorge Sefair
School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems
(PhD, University of Florida)

Network optimization, robust optimization, and integer programming, applications of optimization in environment, public policy, and urban planning

Benjamin Underwood
School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment
(PhD, North Carolina State University)

Asphalt concrete performance testing, design, and analysis; Constitutive modeling of construction materials; sustainable pavement solutions

Eric Welch
School Of Public Affairs
(PhD Public Administration, Syracuse University)

Transit and mobility, large transit technology systems, extreme weather and transit, equity, transit decision making, transit training

Know more about our research work!

 Visit Research Page

 

 

Criminal Justice

  • Ebony Shalley

Geography

  • Lindsey Conrow
  • Taylor Oshan

 Life Sciences

  • Yang Song

 Planning

  • Mawdhah Al-Hashemi
  • Lyle Begiebing
  • Trevor Hawkes
  • Jianyi Li
  • Yichuan Shi
  • Rebecca Santiago(MUEP/MSUS)
  • Jaime Paniagua

Public Policy

  • William Terrance

 Sustainability

  • Paul Minnick

Non-Degree

  • Jonathon Bates
  • Theodore Beck
  • Christian DeLuca

 

 

Congratulations to our following alumni who earned their Transportation Certificates!

If your current position isn’t shown, send us the details in a note to sgsup@asu.edu.

Civil Engineering

  • Joel Chong
  • Patrick Montgomery (Graduate Engineer, Furgo)
  • Scott Nodes (Traffic Engineering Design Manager, ADOT)
  • Lydia Warnick ne Dukelow

Civil and Environmental Engineering

  • Justin Peterson

Environmental Design and Planning

  • Aaron Gannon

Geography

  • Shuyao Hong (Maricopa Association of Governments, Traffic Data Forecasting and Modeling, Systems Analysis)
  • Jason Kelley (Lecturer, ASU School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning)
  • Eric Matranga (Owner, Western GIS Services)
  • Sean Tierney (Adjunct Professor, Department of Geography, University of Denver)

Industrial Engineering

  • Ozgur Araz (Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota)

Physical Activity, Nutrition and Wellness

  • Tracy Washington (Lecturer, Queensland University of Technology, Faculty of Health, School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Brisbane, Australia)

Planning

  • Erik Aldrete (Technical Project Manager, AT&T Mobility)
  • Shaine Alleman (Real Estate, Zoning, and Land Use Attorney, Jones Law)
  • Ben Andersen (Employment & Training Program, Department of Economic Security, State of Arizona)
  • Ramon Aranki
  • Raymond Banker (Planner, Maricopa County Planning and Development Department)
  • Richard Brockmyer (Strategic Planner I, Utah Transit Administration)
  • Daniel Christen (Manager of Market Intelligence, Siemens, Mobility/ITS Division, Infrastructure and Cities Sector)
  • Mengyao Cheng
  • Matthew Detamore
  • James Gardner (Planner, Yavapai County/Gardner Planning Associates)
  • Yuhan Huang
  • Lee Jimenez (Federal-Aid Program Coordinator, Maricopa County Department of Transportation)
  • Thara Johnson (Urban Planner, City of Redmond, WA)
  • Alexander Juacinto (Planners, Ayers Saint Gross)
  • Robin Kniss
  • Kirsten Lawton
  • Liyuan Liu (Masters Student, ASU Solar Energy Engineering and Commercialization Program)
  • Jennifer Love (Senior Planner, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Adjunct Faculty, ASU SGSUP)
  • Daksha Masurkar (URS Corporation)
  • Melissa McLaughlin
  • Cavan Noone (Transportation Planner 1, HDR, Phoenix, AZ, working with Valley Metro)
  • Mary O'Brien (Bicycle Education Coordinator, ASU Wellness)
  • Wesley Pittman (Regional Transportation Commission, Washoe Cunty, NV)
  • Mihir Prakash (Consultant, World Bank)
  • Natalia Ramirez (Planner, McMahon Transportation Engineers and Planners)
  • Kevin Rayes (Transportation Planner II, Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments)
  • Hannah Ritchie (Service Planner, TriMet, Portland, OR)
  • Bharath Sollapuram (Application Developer, NCDOT)
  • Michael Samples
  • Joshua Schmidt
  • Carl Whaley
  • Abbie Woodruff (Planner, Matrix Design Group)

Planning and Landscape Architecture

  • Frederick Bowers (Community Planner, Federal Highway Administration Office of Planning, Environment, and Realty)
  • Shahin Dahnad (Community Service, ShD Enterprises)
  • Marc Pearsall
  • Taruna Tayal

 

Public Affairs

  • Maria Deeb
  • Michael Haller
  • Antonio Mlynek

Non-degree

  • Matthew Dudley
  • Robert Hollings

 

 

Here is the link for Blackboard:

(Please note that only enrolled students have access to the link.)

Visit Blackboard

 

 

 

Email Address

sgsup@asu.edu

Email addresses for faculty, staff and graduate students

See listings under People

Physical Location

Main office: Coor Hall, 5th floor (open 8:00 am - 5:00 pm)
Phone: (480) 965-7533
Fax: (480) 965-8313

Mailing Address

School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning
Arizona State University
P.O. Box 875302
Tempe, AZ 85287-5302

Express Mail Address

School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning
Arizona State University
Coor Hall, 5th floor
975 S. Myrtle Ave.
Tempe, AZ 85287

Location Details(Maps)

 

 

 

Degree Offered

Transportation Systems (Graduate Certificate)
Liberal Arts & Sciences, College of

Location
Tempe

Plan of Study

The Plan of Study is the required curriculum to complete the program.

View Plan of Study