MCRP/MS in Transportation Planning

MCRP/MS in Engineering, Specializing in Transportation Planning

The Transportation Planning Specialization is a joint interdisciplinary program between the College of Engineering and the College of Architecture and Environmental Design. Participation in the program requires enrollment in both Colleges. Participants successfully completing the program will be awarded both the M.C.R.P. and the M.S. in Engineering, each with a Specialization in Transportation Planning.

College of Engineering
Engineering Bldg. (13), Room 266
(805) 756-2131

College of Architecture and Environmental Design
Architecture and Environmental Design Bldg. (05), Room 212
(805) 756-1321

Major Objectives

  • To provide an interdisciplinary graduate program which combines elements of transportation planning with city and regional planning to address a need for professionals who have a command of both the technology of transportation planning and the place of transportation within the urban environment. The required master's project is intended to allow the students a period of directed study that will allow them to integrate their work and to apply this to special areas of their choosing.
  • To provide planners with courses essential to understanding the technologies of transportation planning. To provide engineers with a broad background in urban studies and a knowledge of contemporary environmental issues.
  • To take advantage of the backgrounds of program participants. The graduate students of both sponsoring departments include both mature professionals returning for advanced degrees and recent graduates with a diversity of specializations.


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

  • CE 221 Fundamentals of Transportation Engineering
  • CE 381 Geotechnical Engineering or GEOL 201 Physical Geology
  • CSC 231 Fortran for Engineering Students
  • ECON 211 Principles of Economics
  • ENGL 218 Professional Writing: Argumentation & Reports
  • MATH 143 Calculus
  • PHYS 131 General Physics
  • SPC 201 Public Speaking
  • STAT 321 Statistical Analysis

Expectations From Applicants:

  • 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
  • Provide results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Aptitude Test to the Admissions Committee
  • 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 statement (maximum of 300 words) addressing their understanding of and areas of interest in planning, career objectives, and educational objectives

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.  Details of the degree requirements can be found in the Cal Poly Catalog.