The Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) and Texas A&M University’s College of Engineering now offer an online Master of Engineering degree in Engineering for Transportation Professionals. Designed specifically for transportation professionals currently in management or who desire to achieve a management position, the degree provides students with the background and skills to become better managers or launch their management careers.
Part of a two-year cohort which begins in the fall semester of each academic year, degree candidates are taught by faculty from Texas A&M’s Department of Multidisciplinary Engineering who are specifically selected from TTI’s subject matter experts in the curriculum topics. The program requires completing two core courses in each of the fall and spring semesters followed by one course during the summer semester between years one and two. Additional capstone courses in the second academic year complete the curriculum, with students graduating in the spring semester of the second year.
The core of the degree is an array of courses in nontechnical topics relevant to managers and/or policy- or decision-makers in the transportation community who want to enhance their management skills related to transportation. The program also satisfies professional development requirements for registered professional engineers.
The program’s four first-year core courses are:
- Leadership for Transportation Professionals,
- Transportation Organizational Management,
- Transportation and the Economy, and
- Communication for Transportation Professionals.
Second-year core courses examine topics on selecting and adopting technology; sustainable transportation; policy; regulatory and legal issues; and innovative approaches to transportation finance. Together, the two capstone courses in year two cover selecting and completing a transportation-related project, from researching the topic to developing a study proposal addressing an identified problem to making implementation recommendations of the solution to stakeholders.
“We’re offering a unique opportunity to current and future industry leaders to help them round out the technical side of their education so they can better grapple with today’s complex transportation world,” explains Kevin Womack, TTI senior research scientist and program manager. “And for those looking to invest in their careers, I can’t think of anything else that opens more doors in the industry than a first-rate A&M engineering degree.”