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Graduate Studies

The University of Virginia has a long, distinguished history of preparing transportation leaders through intense graduate education focused on transportation engineering. UVA CTS coordinates Masters of Engineering, Masters of Science, and Ph.D. degrees focused on transportation engineering.

Graduate Transportation Engineering Program

UVA offers two tracks in transportation engineering:

Transportation Systems Engineering. This program prepares students in the areas of transportation operations, transportation planning, transportation safety, intelligent transportation systems, public transportation, and inter-modal transportation.

Transportation Infrastructure Engineering. This program prepares students in the areas of infrastructure management, structural engineering, pavement engineering, and condition monitoring/assessment.

Students must meet all graduate education requirements for the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. These are fully detailed on the departments graduate program website - http://ce.virginia.edu/graduate/ Additional requirements and guidance for the transportation program are provided below.

Core Courses

The Transportation Systems Engineering track requires 5 core courses. Students at the Ph.D. level are expected to have a full understanding of the material in these courses prior to taking the qualifying examination.

Note – Descriptions of all courses can be found in the School of Graduate Engineering and Applied Science of the Graduate Record.

• CE 6010 - Computational Methods in Civil Engineering
• CE 6040 - Infrastructure Management
• CE 6400 - Traffic Operations
• CE 6410 - Introduction to Transportation Planning
• CE 6430 - Intermodal Transportation or CE 7410 - Transportation Impact Analysis

The Transportation Infrastructure Engineering track requires 3 core courses. Students at the Ph.D. level are expected to have a full understanding of the material in these courses prior to taking the qualifying examination.

• CE 6010 - Computational Methods in Civil Engineering
• CE 6040 - Infrastructure Management
• SYS 6001 – Introduction to Systems Engineering

Elective Courses

Students work with their advisors to select other courses to create a program of studies that will meet degree requirements. Below are listed graduate courses offered in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department that provide depth and breadth in transportation engineering.

• CE 6020 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
• CE 6030 - Green Engineering and Sustainability
• CE 6100 - Concrete Materials
• CE 6110 - Asphalt Materials
• CE 6120 - Pavement Analysis and Design
• CE 6130 - Advanced Geotechnical Engineering
• CE 6140 - Advanced Foundations
• CE 6250 - Environmental Systems Modeling & Management
• CE 6300 - Advanced Design of Metal Structures
• CE 6310 - Prestressed Concrete Design
• CE 6320 - Advanced Reinforced Concrete Design
• CE 6330 - Introduction to Finite Element Methods
• CE 6340 - Risk and Reliability in Structural Engineering
• CE 6420 - Public Transportation
• CE 6430 - Intermodal Transportation
• CE 6440 - Intelligent Transportation Systems
• CE 6450 - Transportation Safety Engineering
• CE 6460 - Introduction to Integrated Transportation Systems Models
• CE 6470 - Financing Transportation Infrastructure
• CE 6480 - Advanced Geometric Design
• CE 6731 - Vibrations
• CE 6740 - Plates and Shells
• CE 6775 - Theory of Structural Stability
• CE 7120 - Advanced Pavement Analysis and Design
• CE 7300 - Optimum Structural Design
• CE 7310 - Non-Linear Structural Systems
• CE 7320 - Design of Slab and Shell Structures
• CE 7330 - Advanced Finite Element Applications in Structural Engineering
• CE 7340 - Dynamics of Structures
• CE 7400 - Traffic Flow Theory
• CE 7410 - Transportation Impact Analysis
• CE 7430 - Transportation Logistics
• CE 7460 - Advanced Integrated Transportation Systems Models

Students are also encouraged to broaden their knowledge by including courses from other departments and schools in their programs of studies.


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