Master of Science in Transportation (MST)

Master of Science in Transportation Program Description 

A Master of Science degree at MIT requires a minimum of 66 units of graduate subjects, plus a thesis. The subject and thesis requirements for this program are described below.

Subject Requirements

Core Subjects
1.200[J]Transportation Systems Analysis: Performance and Optimization12
1.201[J]Transportation Systems Analysis: Demand and Economics12
Individually Designed Program
Select three subjects from the MST Program Areas, listed separately below.18-21
Select one subject from the Policy and Technology Subjects, listed separately below.9-12
Computer Programming Requirement 1
1.001Engineering Computation and Data Science 212
Total Units66
1

Requests to waive this requirement based on prior coursework must be submitted in writing to the Transportation Education Committee (TEC) executive director.

2

Recommended for most students. See the MST website for information about acceptable substitutions.

Thesis Requirement

Students must complete a research-based thesis on a topic of their choice that has been approved by the thesis supervisor.
1.THGGraduate Thesis24

MST Program Areas

Select from the subjects below to fulfill the Individually Designed Program Requirement.

Air Transportation
16.71[J]The Airline Industry12
16.72Air Traffic Control12
16.75[J]Airline Management12
16.763[J]Air Transportation Operations Research12
16.781[J]Planning and Design of Airport Systems12
16.886Air Transportation Systems Architecting12
Analysis and Planning Methods
1.202Demand Modeling12
1.203[J]Applied Probability and Stochastic Models12
1.205Advanced Demand Modeling12
Data Sciences for Transportation
1.204Computer Modeling: From Human Mobility to Transportation Networks12
6.268Network Science and Models 112
11.205Introduction to Spatial Analysis6
15.060Data, Models, and Decisions9
15.077[J]Statistical Learning and Data Mining12
Intelligent Transportation Systems, Safety, and Security
1.208Resilient Infrastructure Networks12
16.412[J]Cognitive Robotics 112
16.413Principles of Autonomy and Decision Making 112
16.422Human Supervisory Control of Automated Systems 112
IDS.340[J]System Safety Concepts12
STS.487Foundations of Information Policy12
Logistics and Supply Chain Management
1.203[J]Applied Probability and Stochastic Models12
1.260[J]Logistics Systems12
1.261[J]Case Studies in Logistics and Supply Chain Management9
1.265[J]Global Supply Chain Management6
SCM.266Freight Transportation6
Transportation Planning, Policy, and Sustainability
1.253[J]Transportation Policy, the Environment, and Livable Communities12
2.65[J]Sustainable Energy 112
11.478Behavior and Policy: Connections in Transportation 312
11.527Advanced Seminar in Transportation Finance12
IDS.435Law, Technology, and Public Policy12
Urban Transportation 2
1.251[J]Comparative Land Use and Transportation Planning 312
1.252[J]Urban Transportation Planning 312
1.254Transport Modeling Course12
1.258[J]Public Transportation Systems12
1

Also satisfies the Technology requirement.

2

Special subjects offered by the Department of Urban Studies and Planning (Course 11) may satisfy this requirement if content satisfies MST criteria. Contact program office for available offerings.  

3

Also satisfies the Policy requirement.

Policy and Technology Subjects

Select from the subjects below to satisfy the Policy / Technology Requirement.

Transportation Policy Subjects 1
1.252[J]Urban Transportation Planning12
1.253[J]Transportation Policy, the Environment, and Livable Communities12
11.478Behavior and Policy: Connections in Transportation12
Transportation Subjects with Substantial Policy Content
11.526[J]Comparative Land Use and Transportation Planning12
16.71[J]The Airline Industry12
Policy Subjects with Modest or No Transportation Content
11.255Negotiation and Dispute Resolution in the Public Sector12
11.481[J]Analyzing and Accounting for Regional Economic Change12
11.482[J]Regional Socioeconomic Impact Analyses and Modeling12
15.023[J]Global Climate Change: Economics, Science, and Policy9
IDS.412[J]Science, Technology, and Public Policy12
IDS.435Law, Technology, and Public Policy12
STS.487Foundations of Information Policy12
Technology Subjects
2.65[J]Sustainable Energy12
6.268Network Science and Models12
16.422Human Supervisory Control of Automated Systems12
16.72Air Traffic Control12
MAS.552[J]City Science12
MAS.836Sensor Technologies for Interactive Environments12
1

Special subjects offered by the Department of Urban Studies and Planning (Course 11) may satisfy this requirement if content satisfies MST criteria. Contact program office for available offerings.