Graduate Certificate in Transportation


The certificate is jointly offered by the Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.


An equitable and efficient transportation system that safely moves people and goods is critical to healthy, livable communities. A carefully planned, designed, maintained and continually improved system significantly influences the well-being of every citizen, preserves natural resources, and enhances economic productivity. Increasingly, transportation professionals need multi-disciplinary knowledge and skills to anticipate social, environmental, and technological trends and incorporate them into intelligently-integrated transportation systems.

The Portland State University Graduate Certificate in Transportation offers graduate education for those seeking to build upon their undergraduate training and expand their capabilities in the field. Students in the program can choose among a wide range of relevant courses in transportation planning and engineering to develop their analytical, practical, and problem-solving skills. 


The Certificate is designed for established transportation professionals who want to build their skills, and also for those seeking to build technical and analytical knowledge to enter the fascinating and multidisciplinary field of transportation.

Candidates must have a bachelor's degree with a minimum 2.75 GPA. Backgrounds may include planning, civil & environmental engineering, business administration, geography, mathematics, statistics, economics, political science, computer science, and other liberal arts and sciences majors.


The Graduate Certificate in Transportation is a 21-credit-hour program. You can complete it in one year on a full-time basis, or over two years on a part-time basis. The Certificate includes courses from the Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning (USP) and the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering (CE) in the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science.

Please see this link for course offerings for the year.

The courses offered in this program are not available online or through distance learning.

Three Required Courses (9 credits):

  • USP 556 Urban Transportation: Problems and Policies (3)
  • USP 544 Urban Transportation Planning (3)
  • USP 570 Transportation and Land Use (3)

Transportation Electives (12 credits):

  • USP 537 Economics of Urban Transportation (3)
  • USP 543 Geographic Applications in Planning (3)
  • USP 548 Public Transportation Policy (3)
  • USP 565 Pedestrian and Bicycle Planning (3)
  • USP 587 Travel Demand Modeling (3)
  • USP 591 Geographic Information Systems I (4)
  • USP 593 Advanced GIS Applications
  • CE 550 Transportation Safety Analysis (4)
  • CE 553 Freight Transportation and Logistics (4)
  • CE 555 Intelligent Transportation Systems (4)
  • CE 556 Traffic Engineering (4)
  • CE 558 Public Transportation Systems (4)
  • CE 559 Transportation Operations (4)
  • CE 563 Transportation & Logistics Modeling & Optimization (4)
  • CE/USP 514 Transportation Seminar (1)

To see when courses are offered over the coming year, please consult the course planning guide: 


Apply for Graduate Certificate Admissions


Course Overlap Between Degrees and Certificates

Graduate courses can be applied to a master’s (or a doctoral) degree and a graduate certificate. However, graduate courses cannot be applied to two graduate certificates.  See PSU Bulletin for more course overlap information.


For additional information about the transportation certificate please contact:

Dr. Aaron Golub, chair of Transportation Certificate
(503) 725-4069
URBN 350 A

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