To earn an MS in Transportation Policy, Operations, and Logistics, you must successfully complete 34 credit hours of coursework. Students should consult with their academic advisor on appropriate course sequencing.
CORE COURSES (8 courses | 25 credits)
Students are required to take the following core courses:
PUBP 715 - Introduction to Transportation Systems
Transportation is a service that contributes substantially to well-being of advanced economies. Resource requirements and byproducts of transportation also pose sobering environmental challenges for society. Course examines history and development of transportation systems; contribution to and impact on society; institutions and practices that govern planning, design, construction, operation, maintenance, and retirement from service; and policy and managerial challenges, and tools and techniques for addressing them.
PUBP 717 - Analysis for Transportation Managers
Introduces basic methods of transportation analysis and evaluation relating them to policy framework. Covers descriptive statistics, hypothesis testing, contingency tables (Chi-Square analysis), regression, optimization, demand elasticities, and gravity model. Also covers sources of transportation data and research design. Teaches mathematical base and logic of each technique, but primary emphasis is applying methods to relevant policy and management problems. Students required to complete series of assignments along with research proposal focused on applying one or more methods to problem of their own interest.
PUBP 500 - Theory and Practice of Public Policy
Theories of public policy emphasizing historical intellectual development, and role theory and ethics may play in public policy making. Assumptions made by policy professionals examined against broad range of philosophical, social, political, and economic imperatives affecting public policy environment.
PUBP 718 - Transportation Planning and Policy
Introduces highway, rail, air, and water transport planning in United States. Teaches legislative, organizational, fiscal, legal and political environment within which planning for transportation facilities and services takes place. Introduce technical and analytical methods for transportation planning. Focus is largely on public sector, but also considers commercial transport planning and role of private sector in helping to design, manage, and finance transport systems.
PUBP 721 - Transportation Economics
Provides basis for understanding economics of transport system, and how transportation relates to urban and regional development. Treats transport generically, but includes case studies of specific modes.
PUBP 716 - Transportation Operations and Logistics
Provides survey of issues, methods, problems, and strategies. Topics include origins of logistics, industry structure, pricing, underwriting, rate making, compliance, inventory effects, just-in-time inventory management (JIT), materials requirements planning (MRP), customer service and order processing operations, sales functions and operations, dispatch and fleet manager functions and operations, rate-setting among three parties, typical electronic and paper document flow, routing and scheduling, route selection, satellite load tracking through dispatch-customer web inquiry, role of ITS in route selection, toll system use, congestion, training activities, and logistics markets.
PUBP 503 - Culture, Organization, and Technology
Focuses on the influence of culture in societal, political, economic, and technological processes, nationally and internationally. Culture is seen as dynamic and interactional. Using case studies, students learn pertinent approaches to the study of culture, from the analysis of organization and social networks to that of belief systems and identities. Students also develop practical skills in observation, participation, and intervention.
PUBP 722 - Practicum in Transportation Policy, Operations, and Logistics
In-depth field study of ongoing transportation policy, operations, or logistics situations; and design and delivery of actions to manage or resolve problems and opportunities. Range of application areas depends on interests of student body and opportunities faculty identify for "clients" or real-world projects. Illustrative domain areas include surface transportation (highways and transit), airports, and aviation.
ELECTIVE COURSES (3 courses | 9 credits)
Select elective courses of your choosing. Courses vary semester to semester, but elective classes are primarily 700-level courses within the Schar School of Policy and Government.
At the close of the program, you will complete an in-depth practicum report for an external client that provides an in-depth field study of ongoing transportation policy, operations, and/or logistics situations, as well as the design and delivery of actions to manage or resolve problems and opportunities. Past practicums for clients have tackled topics including: a cost benefit analysis of the Washington-Richmond High-Speed Rail; deferred infrastructure maintenance and the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB); building the future of Tysons in Fairfax County; and enhanced mobility and equity through real-time information, among others.
Part-Time and Full-Time Options
The Master's in Transportation Policy, Operations, and Logistics includes evening classes and the flexibility to pursue your degree on a part-time or full-time basis. Part-time students generally take one or two classes per semester, and full-time students generally take three classes.