MCRP/MS Engineering, Specialization in Transportation Planning

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Academic Programs

Program name Program type
Specialization in Transportation Planning MCRP/MS Engineering

The Transportation Planning specialization is a joint interdisciplinary program between the College of Engineering (Civil and Environmental Engineering department) and the College of Architecture and Environmental Design (City and Regional Planning department). Participation in the program requires enrollment in both colleges. Participants successfully completing the program are awarded both the Master of City and Regional Planning and the MS Engineering degrees, each with a specialization in Transportation Planning.

Students come from a diversity of undergraduate backgrounds, which include professionals returning for advanced degrees. The program combines the elements of transportation planning with city and regional planning to address a need for professionals who understand the technology of transportation planning and the importance of transportation within the urban environment. The applied aspects of the curriculum enable students to integrate knowledge and skills in hands-on projects that benefit communities.

MCRP/MS Engineering, Specialization in Transportation Planning

The major objectives of this joint program are to:

  1. Demonstrate technical competency.
  2. Reflect critical thinking/complex problem-solving skills.
  3. Effectively communicate information on issues, problems, solutions, and impacts.
  4. Demonstrate strong interpersonal and teamwork skills.
  5. Integrate leadership/planning/decision-making skills.
  6. Discern the impacts of technology on society and the environment.
  7. Practice in accordance with ethics and responsible professional conduct.
  8. Develop the appreciation of the need for life-long learning.


Applicants must have satisfactorily completed courses that cover the following or equivalent subject areas:

Applicants for admission are expected to:

  1. Have earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited university or college,
  2. Have attained a grade point average of 3.0 in last 90 units of undergraduate work,
  3. Provide results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Aptitude Test to the Admissions Committee (GRE requirement may be waived for Cal Poly bachelor of science graduates and applicants with superior academic records).
  4. Give indications of motivation, maturity, and high standards of academic involvement through work and references (three letters required) and submission of a project or paper demonstrating writing ability,
  5. Provide a current résumé.

Applicants lacking prerequisites or other background requirements for classified standing may be admitted on a conditionally classified basis, depending on the results of an individual analysis of their applications.

Degree Requirements and Curriculum

Core Courses
CE 523Transportation Systems Planning4
CE 528Transportation Economics and Analysis4
or CE 421 Traffic Engineering
CE 591Graduate Seminar I1
CRP 435Transportation Theory4
CRP 501Foundations of Cities and Planning4
CRP 504Sustainable Communities4
CRP 510Planning Theory4
CRP 513Planning Research and Analysis4
CRP 516Demographic and Analytic Tools4
CRP 518Policy Development4
CRP 525Plan Implementation4
CRP 530Planning Agency Management4
CRP 535Land Use and Planning Law4
CRP 552Community and Regional Planning Studio I4
CRP 553Project Planning and Design Studio4
CRP 554Community and Regional Planning Studio II4
Advisor Approved Electives3-5
Culminating Experience (choose one)
Select from the following:4-6
Design Project (Thesis) (2, 2, 2)
Thesis (2, 2, 2)
Professional Project (2, 2, 2)
Community and Regional Planning Studio III (4)
Approved CE/ENVE Electives
Select from the following:20
Traffic Engineering
Highway Geometrics and Design
Intelligent Transportation Systems
Public Transportation
Highway Pavement Designs
Individual Study
Pavement Performance and Management Systems
Airport Planning and Design
Transportation Safety
Sustainable Mobility
Transportation Economics and Analysis
Modeling and Simulation in Transportation
Selected Advanced Topics
Selected Advanced Laboratory
Air Pollution Control
Other advisor approved CE/ENVE courses
Total units90