Master of Science in Civil Engineering with emphasis in Transportation Systems

Program Director: Khaled Abdelghany, Ph.D.


The revolution in information technology is leading to a similar revolution in another essential element of modern life:  transportation.  With transportation demand growing in the face of shrinking resources—including funding—the direction is changing from building new infrastructure to managing existing systems through the use of sophisticated management, analysis, and modeling tools.  This is the high road in transportation systems management, the path awaiting those who choose it as the focus of their Master’s in Civil Engineering at SMU Lyle. 

Continuing advances in telecommunications, information management, and computing technology have paved the way to more efficient use of existing infrastructure, more intelligent planning, and ultimately, the creation of “smart cities” with fully integrated transportation systems.  This is the focus of Lyle’s Master of Science in Civil Engineering with emphasis in transportation systems management.  In addition to core subjects such as transportation planning, traffic engineering, and highway design, students have the opportunity to explore such cross-disciplinary electives as numerical analysis, logistics systems engineering, transportation demand analysis, environmental management systems, and economic decision analysis, among many others.  They acquire a strong analytical background plus an understanding of how analysis and optimization tools from other fields can be applied to 21st century transportation issues and goals.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor of Science in civil engineering, or a closely related engineering discipline.
  • G.P.A. of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
  • Satisfy Lyle School of Engineering GRE score guidelines.

Degree Requirements

Recommended Degree Plan (PDF)

Requirements include the completion of ten graduate level courses (30 TCH), or the completion of eight courses (24 TCH) and a Thesis (6 TCH).

Core Courses (15 TCH).

CEE 7323        Project Management
CEE 7378        Transportation Planning and Traffic Engineering
CEE 7379        Highway Design and Safety
EMIS 7370      Probability and Statistics for Scientists and Engineers
EMIS 8360      Operations Research Models

Example Electives (15 TCH or 9 TCH and Thesis).

CEE 7331        Air Pollution Management and Engineering
CEE 7350        Introduction to Environmental Management Systems
CEE 7365        Introduction to Construction Management
CEE 7391        Special Projects (Topics in Transportation Engr.)
CEE 8379        Analysis of Transportation Systems
CSE 7345        Advanced Application Programming
CSE 7365        Introduction to Numerical Analysis
CSE 8355        Graph Theory: Algorithms and Applications
EMIS 7340      Logistics Systems Engineering
EMIS 7377      Statistical Design and Analysis of Experiments
EMIS 8361      Engineering Economics and Decision Analysis
EMIS 8371      Linear Programming
EMIS 8373      Integer Programming
EMIS 8374      Network Flows
STAT 6336      Statistical Analysis
CEE 7(0,1,2,3,6)96 Thesis

MS | Civil Engineering - Transportation Systems Flyer (pdf)