Schools for Aspiring Transportation Managers: How to Choose

Some schools offer undergraduate programs in transportation management; however, most aspiring transportation managers complete graduate certificate or master's degree programs. Qualified instructors, access to research facilities and career guidance are important considerations when selecting a school.

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Transportation management programs can be found at community colleges and 4-year colleges and universities. Students can complete a general transportation program or a program concentrated in air transportation, maritime transportation or supply chain management.

Schools with Transportation Management Programs

These schools offer transportation management programs.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition* (2015-2016)
Arizona State University-Tempe Tempe, AZ 4-year, public Graduate Certificate $10,610 In-state Graduate; $22,580 Out-of-state Graduate
Northwestern University Evanston, IL 4-year, private not-for-profit Master's $48,324 Graduate
Portland State University Portland, OR 4-year, public Graduate Certificate $12,816 In-state Graduate; $20,016 Out-of-state Graduate
Eastern Michigan University Ypsilanti, MI 4-year, public Graduate Certificate $14,328 In-state Graduate; $26,400 Out-of-state Graduate
Iowa State University Ames, IA 4-year, public Master's $8,130 In-state Graduate; $21,054 Out-of-state Graduate
South Carolina State University Orangeburg, SC 4-year, public Master's $7,290 In-state Graduate; $17,058 Out-of-state Graduate
University of Massachusetts-Amherst Amherst, MA 4-year, public Certificate, Graduate Certificate $14,171 In-state Undergraduate; $12,782 In-state Graduate
Texas A&M University-College Station College Station 4-year, public Bachelor's, Master's $10,176 In-state Undergraduate; $5,598 In-state Graduate
University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA 4-year, private not-for-profit Bachelor's $49,536 Undergraduate

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

School Selection Criteria

Most transportation management certificate programs are designed for current professionals in the field who want to enhance their skills and supplement their prior education or experience.

There are a number of things to keep in mind when choosing a program in this field.

  • Some programs in transportation management often culminate in a final project or research paper; therefore, students may benefit from programs that offer access to quality facilities and allow students to collaborate with their professors on their research projects.
  • Students may want to consider programs with industry professionals who have real-world experience and who work on their own research concurrently with their teaching responsibilities.
  • Programs offering flexible scheduling and course options may be beneficial to working professionals.
  • Many schools with transportation management programs offer career services such as academic advisors, job placement assistance or internships to help students determine which career path to pursue.

Associate's Degree in Transportation Management

Associate's degree programs in transportation management include an Associate in Transportation Business or an Associate of Applied Science in Transportation and Logistics with a transportation management option. Associate's degree programs are appropriate for experienced transportation workers, as well as students who are new to the field. Students in these programs may use their credits to transfer to 4-year programs in transportation management or may seek entry-level employment.

Bachelor's Degree in Transportation Management

Bachelor's degrees in transportation management include a Bachelor of Science in Maritime Transportation Management and Security or a Bachelor of Arts in Transportation and Logistics Management. These programs enable students to build on the general education provided in a 2-year program while allowing them to focus on specialized areas of concentration.

Certificate in Transportation Management

Certificate programs in transportation management are designed for professionals seeking to advance their careers or students who have completed a bachelor's degree, but prefer not to pursue a master's degree. Many certificate programs offer students the chance to specialize in a certain type of transportation management, such as a Professional Development Certificate in Transportation and Logistics Management, a Graduate Certificate of Completion in Air Transportation Management or a Transit and Community Transportation Management Certificate. Credits from a certificate program are sometimes counted towards a master's degree or can be counted as continuing education units for professional recognition. Students may also be required to complete a capstone project.

Master's Degree in Transportation Management

Most graduate degree programs in transportation management, such as a Master of Science in Transportation Management or a Master of Arts in Transportation and Logistics Management, can be completed in two years, although programs can vary in length depending on the concentration. Applicants are usually required to have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution prior to acceptance. Prior to completion of the master's program, students may be required to complete a final project or capstone course.

Transportation management programs are commonly offered as graduate studies, although some undergraduate programs are also available. It is important to decide what credential level you plan to pursue and review the program to ensure that it will qualify you to pursue your career goals.

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