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 of Science 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 M.S. 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

In addition to meeting the Lyle School of Engineering admission requirements for an M.S. degree, applicants are required to satisfy the following additional requirement: a B.S. in civil engineering or a closely related engineering discipline.

Degree Requirements

In addition to meeting the Lyle School of Engineering degree requirements for an M.S. degree, candidates are required to satisfy these additional requirements:

  • 30 credit hours, with a minimum graduate G.P.A. of 3.000 on a 4.000 scale. Additional articulation courses may be required for students without a civil engineering undergraduate degree.
  • Given the multidisciplinary nature of civil engineering, the core curriculum and elective courses comprising the degree plans for master’s students will vary, depending on the student’s undergraduate background and their desired area of specialization.

Satisfactory completion of the core curriculum consisting of five courses (15 credit hours):

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

Satisfactory completion of five specialization electives (15 credit hours) chosen from the following courses:

CEE 7(0,1,2,3,6)96 Thesis
CEE 7324 Geographical Information Systems and Mapping
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 Engineering)
CEE 8378 Transportation Demand Analysis
CEE 8379 Analysis of Transportation Systems
CS 7345 Advanced Application Programming
CS 7365 (MATH 5315) Introduction to Numerical Analysis
CS 8355 Graph Theory: Algorithms and Applications
EMIS 7313 Integrated Logistics Support
EMIS 7377 (STAT 5377) 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

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M.S. | Civil Engineering - Transportation Systems Flyer (.pdf)

M.S. | Civil Engineering - Transportation Systems + MBA