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Transportation Planning and Policy
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Arlington, VA 22203
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Transportation Planning and Policy

The graduate certificate in Transportation Planning and Policy is designed to teach students about transportation systems and related public policies. Students will learn about travel behaviors and the socioeconomic impact that transportation systems have on surrounding areas (e.g., local, regional, national). Transportation systems can include personal transportation systems (e.g., automobile, bicycle, scooter) and public transportation systems (e.g., buses, trains/subway, shared bicycle/car programs). The program covers topics such as transportation policy and planning issues associated with land use patterns, resource allocations, and changing political environments. Graduates will be prepared to contribute to transportation planning and associated public policies.

How to Apply:
Fill out the online application for participation in the certificate program.
Upon processing of the application, you will be contacted
with information about the submission of additional
required materials. Thank you for your interest.

Admission Requirements

Students can apply for the Transportation Policy and Planning certificate as a degree-seeking student or non-degree Commonwealth Campus student at Virginia Tech, or as a visiting student from another institution. If you are not currently enrolled as a graduate student, you must apply for graduate admission through the Virginia Tech Graduate School as a Graduate Certificate status applicant. Requirements for admission include:
Completed undergraduate degree; 2-3 Letters of Recommendation; Current resume/ CV; Personal goal statement; Completed application; No GRE required; TOEFL may be required for international students.

Course Requirements

Number of Credit Hours

12 credit hours of graduate level courses


Core Courses: 6 credit hours

 UAP 5644: Transportation Systems Planning (3 credits)

UAP 5864: Topics in Transportation Planning and Policy (3 credits)

Restricted Elective courses: 6 credit hours

Students will select two courses from the following list.

 UAP 5114: Computer Applications in Urban Planning and Management (3 credits)

UAP 5224: Planning Methods and Technologies (3 credits)*

UAP 5424: Metropolitan Planning Topics (3 credits)

UAP 5794: Environmental Planning Studio (3 credits)

 *Students in the Masters of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) program are encouraged to choose electives other than UAP 5224 because UAP 5224 is a required core class for MURP.