RESOURCES: Education

Master of Science in Transportation


The interdepartmental Master of Science in Transportation (MST) degree program emphasizes the complexity of transportation and its dependence on the interaction of technology, operations, planning, management and policy-making. For this reason, the Master of Science in Transportation program is interdepartmental. Faculty members and research staff from several centers, departments and divisions within MIT are affiliated with the program and serve as research advisors and mentors to MST students.


Summary of Requirements:

  •  66 units of graduate level subjects consisting of:

    • Core

      • 1.200 Transportation: foundations and methods (12 units)

      • One of the following: (12 units)

        • 1.202 Demand Modeling,

        • 1.208 Resilient Networks

        • 1.260 Logistics Systems

        • 11.478 Behavioral Science and Urban Mobility

      • 11.S953  Frontier of Transportation Research (3 units)

    • Computation/Analytics: one of the following: (12 units)​

      • 6.439/IDS.131 Statistics, Computation and Applications

      • 6.482 Modeling with Machine Learning: from Algorithms to Applications

      • 6.860 Statistical Learning Theory and Applications

      • 6.867 Machine Learning 

      • 15.727 The Analytics Edge

    • Policy, Technology & Society: select one subject in consultation with advisor (9-12 units)

    • Individually designed program from MST program areas (15-18 units)

  • MST Thesis, equivalent to 24 units

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Interdepartmental Doctoral Program in Transportation

The interdepartmental Doctoral Program in Transportation provides a structured and direct follow-on doctoral program for students enrolled in the MST program or other transportation-related master degree programs at MIT or elsewhere. The interdepartmental structure of the program allows students greater flexibility in developing individual programs of study that cross both disciplinary and departmental lines. The program is administered by the transportation faculty through the Transportation Education Committee (TEC), who are responsible for admissions, establishment and oversight of program requirements, and conduct of the general examination and thesis defense.

Summary of Requirements:

  • 120 units of graduate level subjects, including a doctoral core program, consisting of two subject areas as selected by the student

  • Successful completion of the general exam by the end of academic year 2

  • Successful completion of the PhD proposal

  • PhD Thesis, equivalent to 24 units

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