Transportation Systems Engineering This is a Track

College : Engineering and Computer Science Degree :MS
Department : Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering Option : Thesis, Nonthesis
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The Transportation Systems Engineering track in the Civil Engineering MS program reflects the very broad nature of the field, which encompasses the design, construction, and enhancement of the transportation infrastructure of society. The program’s course work focuses on transportation planning and operations, traffic engineering and construction engineering.


The Transportation Systems Engineering track in the Civil Engineering MS program is for students with appropriate science or engineering baccalaureate backgrounds. Both a thesis option and a nonthesis option are available with each requiring 30 credit hours of graduate courses. The thesis option requires 15 credit hours of required courses, 9 credit hours of elective courses (exclusive of thesis and research), and a thesis (6 credit hours). The nonthesis option requires 15 credit hours of required courses and 15 credit hours of elective graduate course work. The nonthesis option also requires submission of an end-of-program portfolio. The student must develop an individual program of study with a faculty adviser and must have background or articulation course work as described below. At least one-half of the required credits must be taken at the 6000 level.
Total Credit Hours Required:
30 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree

Research studies or projects are required in one or more courses. The research study or project will focus on reviewing and analyzing contemporary research or engineering issues in a student’s particular specialization within the profession in order to help students independently acquire knowledge and skills pertaining to best practices in that specialization area.


  • STA 3032 Probability and Statistics for Engineers (3 credit hours)
  • TTE 3810 Transportation Engineering (3 credit hours)

Required Courses—15 Credit Hours

Both thesis and nonthesis students must choose five of the following courses. Courses with asterisks provide independent learning experiences. These experiences encompass research reports, design projects, and literature studies. Nonthesis students must choose at least one course with an asterisk.

  • TTE 5204 Traffic Engineering* (3 credit hours)
  • TTE 6205 Highway Capacity and Traffic Flow Analysis (3 credit hours)
  • TTE 5805 Geometric Design of Transportation Systems* (3 credit hours)
  • TTE 5835 Pavement Design (3 credit hours)
  • TTE 6256 Traffic Operations* (3 credit hours)
  • TTE 6270 Intelligent Transportation Systems (3 credit hours)
  • TTE 6315 Traffic Safety Analysis* (3 credit hours)
  • TTE 6526 Planning and Design of Airports* (3 credit hours)
  • CGN 6655 Regional Planning, Design and Development (3 credit hours)
  • ESI 5219 Engineering Statistics or STA 5206 Statistical Analysis (3 credit hours)

Elective Courses—9 Credit Hours  

All students, both thesis and nonthesis, must complete at least 9 credit hours of approved electives from the list above or other courses as approved by the student's adviser. Directed Research (XXX 6918) is not permitted in the MS program of study.

  • Electives (9 credit hours)

Thesis Option—6 Credit Hours

  • TTE 6971 Thesis (6 credit hours)

A final defense of the thesis is required. In addition, the College of Engineering and Computer Science requires that all thesis defense announcements be approved by the student's advisor and posted on the college's website and on the university-wide Events Calendar at the College of Graduate Studies website at least two weeks before the defense date.

Nonthesis Option—6 Credit Hours

For those pursuing the nonthesis option, two additional electives are required, which should preferably come from the above list, although other courses may be chosen with adviser’s consent.

  • Electives (6 credit hours)

Portfolio Requirement

Students are required to complete a culminating experience. The culminating experience for nonthesis MS students is submission of an end-of-program portfolio. the portfolio requirements are listed on the CECE website.

Equipment Fee

Students in the Civil Engineering MS program pay a $16 equipment fee each semester that they are enrolled. Part-time students pay $8 per semester.

Independent Learning

A research or design project serves as the independent learning experience for thesis students. Nonthesis students are required to take at least one of the courses marked with an asterisk (*), denoting an independent learning experience, and submit an end-of-program portfolio.

Application Requirements

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

The College of Engineering and Computer Science strongly encourages prospective applicants to request a free pre-screening ( of their qualifications prior to submitting an online application for graduate admission. However, a pre-screening is not required; rather, it is offered as a courtesy to all prospective applicants before they commit to submitting a complete online application and paying an application processing fee.

Admissions decisions are made on the basis of a complete online application only, and not on the basis of any pre-screening. Prospective applicants who are encouraged to apply to their intended graduate program based on the information provided for their pre-screening are not assured of admission or financial assistance when they submit a complete online application. Although it is possible, it is not likely, that prospective applicants who are discouraged from formally applying to a graduate program at the pre-screening stage will be admitted if they elect to submit a complete online application anyway.

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must provide:

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
  • A Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering or another closely related engineering degree.
  • Résumé.
  • Statement of educational, research, and professional career objectives.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Applicants applying to this program who have attended a college/university outside the United States must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation. Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. only.

Faculty members may choose to conduct face-to-face or telephone interviews with applicants before accepting them into their research program.

The GRE is not required, however, taking the GRE is highly recommended for students wishing to pursue a thesis. In order to be considered fora ny fellowships, a GRE score is required.

The MS degrees in specialized options are designed for students with appropriate baccalaureate backgrounds. Applicants who are applying to the programs without a directly related undergraduate degree should closely check the prerequisites. Additional undergraduate courses may be required.

Application Deadlines

Transportation Systems Engineering *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Jan 15Jul 15Dec 1


International Applicants Jan 15Jan 15Jul 1


International Transfer Applicants Jan 15Mar 1Sep 1


*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.


Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.


Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.