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Transportation Planning and Engineering, Ph.D.

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University rank #39 (QS) , NY,
More and more of us are moving to cities. That trend, which is only expected to accelerate in coming years, strains our transportation systems, with growing congestion leading to longer travel times, more air pollution, and higher fuel consumption.


Thankfully, professionals trained in transportation planning and engineering help ease the pressure by devising real-time traffic controls, variable message signs, or other such solutions. Our PhD program in Transportation Planning and Engineering gives you the education you need to join their ranks.

Research-oriented in focus, and intended for students with a desire to advance the state-of-the-art within the field, our curriculum offers concentrations in any of the following:

  • transportation safety
  • traffic engineering
  • transportation planning
  • intelligent transportation systems

Of course, specialization in areas other than those identified above is possible and can be nurtured with the help of faculty advisors.


New York University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    75 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • 51 credits of graduate work (not including the PhD dissertation) in relevant major and minor areas of study beyond the bachelor’s degree, with an average grade of B or better (cumulative average of 3.0 or better on a 0-4 scale).
  • Completion and successful defense of a 24-credit dissertation related to the major area of study. Dissertations must consist of original research that meaningfully advances the state-of-art in the subject area of the research and should result in the publication of at least 1 paper in a strictly peer-reviewed technical journal related to the subject. A grade of B or better must be achieved for the dissertation.
  • Completion of 2 minor areas of study, each consisting of between 9 and 12 credits of graduate work. At least 1 minor area must be outside the transportation area.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

Admission to this program requires an MS in Transportation Planning and Engineering or equivalent, with a GPA of 3.5 or better (on a 0-4 scale). GRE scores are required for all full-time PhD applicants. Should you decide to take the tests, you must submit the results for consideration. Foreign applicants must take the TOEFL examination and submit the results for consideration.

The “equivalent” of the MS degree can be achieved in several ways. For instance, you may have an MS degree with a different title that covers substantially the same material. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1798 USD/credit
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  • National

    1798 USD/credit
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Living costs for New York City

  • 1819 - 3970 USD/month
    Living Costs

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