MCRP/MS in Transportation Planning

The Transportation Planning specialization is a joint interdisciplinary program between the College of Engineering (Civil and Environmental Engineering department) and the College of Architecture and Environmental Design (City and Regional Planning department). Participation in the program requires enrollment in both colleges. Participants successfully completing the program are awarded both the Master of City and Regional Planning and the MS Engineering degrees, each with a specialization in Transportation Planning.

Students come from a diversity of undergraduate backgrounds, which include professionals returning for advanced degrees. The program combines the elements of transportation planning with city and regional planning to address a need for professionals who understand the technology of transportation planning and the importance of transportation within the urban environment. The applied aspects of the curriculum enable students to integrate knowledge and skills in hands-on projects that benefit communities.

Details of the program can be found in the Cal Poly Catalog.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for admission are expected to:

  • Have earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited university or college,
  • Have attained a grade point average of 3.0 in last 90 units of undergraduate work.
  • Give indications of motivation, maturity, and high standards of academic involvement through work and references (three letters required) and submission of a project or paper demonstrating writing ability,
  • Provide a current résumé.

Applicants lacking prerequisites or other background requirements for classified standing may be admitted on a conditionally classified basis, depending on the results of an individual analysis of their applications.


Applicants must have satisfactorily completed courses that cover the following or equivalent subject areas:

How to Apply

  • Go to Cal State Apply for the online application.
  • Once your application has been submitted you will receive an email confirmation from Cal Poly confirming that your application has been received.
  • Your application is later loaded into the student database and you will be emailed instructions on accessing Cal Poly’s university portal:  MyCalPoly.  Applicants should access MyCalPoly to view further application requirements and, later, the admission status.
  • For questions regarding Cal State Apply or MyCalPoly, you may contact the Admissions Office.
  • If you need help through the application process, we've created a Graduate Applicant Tips Guide to help you.

Contact Information

College of Engineering
Engineering Bldg. (13), Room 266
Phone: 805.756.2131

City and Regional Planning
Architecture & Environmental Design Bldg. (05), Room 313
Phone: 805.756.1315

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