A GRADUATE DEGREE
IN TRANSPORTATION MANAGEMENT
Offered by the
Lucas Graduate School of Business
San José State University
Sponsored and supported by the
Mineta Transportation Institute
The Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI) lowing competitions in 2002 and 2006. The in-
was established by Congress in 1991 as part ternationally respected members of the MTI
of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Board of Trustees represent all major surface
Efficiency Act (ISTEA) and was reauthorized transportation modes. MTI’s focus on policy
under TEA-21 and again under SAFETEA-LU. and management resulted from the Board’s
The institute is funded by Congress through assessment of the transportation industry’s
the US Department of Transportation’s (DOT) unmet needs. That led directly to choosing
Research and Innovative Technology Adminis- the San José State University College of Busi-
tration, by the California Legislature through ness as the Institute’s home. MTI conducts
the Department of Transportation (Caltrans), research, education, and information and
and by other public and private grants and technology transfer, focusing on multimodal
donations, including grants from the US De- surface transportation policy and manage-
partment of Homeland Security. DOT selected ment issues. Visit www.transweb.sjsu.edu
MTI as a National Center of Excellence fol-
Why do I need a graduate degree
in transportation management?
If you’re serious about advancing in your transpor- As our state and national populations continue to grow,
tation career – or if you’re just getting started – you our highways will become more congested and pollut-
should know this: there is a huge demand right now for ed. We will need intelligent and creative people to solve
mobility managers – people who can plan, build, oper- these problems – to plan better transit systems, to help
ate, maintain, and secure our country’s transportation adopt sustainable fuels, to find more reliable funding
systems and infrastructure. Here are the facts: sources, to use more efficient vehicles, to promote pe-
destrian and bicycle safety, and to determine the best
• More than 50% of the California Department of policies and practices to manage it all.
Transportation workforce is eligible to retire in
the next few years. No matter what your career interest is now, it may be
applicable to transportation – including everything
• Of nearly 3,000 Federal Highway Administration from engineering and law to marketing and accounting.
employees, 47% will be eligible to retire by 2015.
A Master of Science in Transportation Management
• Career opportunities are expanding for well- from the Mineta Transportation Institute can give you a
trained transportation professionals. significant advantage.
Here is how our graduate program
works for you…
Through its affiliation with the San Jose State University’s Lucas Graduate School of
Business, the Mineta Transportation Institute offers educational programs that are
fully accredited by WASC and AACSB.
Our centerpiece is the Master of Science in Transportation Management (MSTM).
MTI also offers three graduate certificate programs.
MTI’s core classes offer an in-depth look at transportation policy, planning, and
management systems, which is significantly different from an engineering or plan-
ning program. The program is unique because it specializes in transportation policy,
planning and system development. This means you can learn to lead a public works
department, a major transportation project, a transit agency, a major investment
study, or other transportation-related endeavors.
And you will learn from an up-to-date, fully accredited curriculum with nationally
recognized faculty who are academic or industry experts.
MTI makes it convenient
TO EARN A DEGREE.
This program is designed for the transpor-
tation professional or others who aspire to
careers in transportation management.
• All classes are held in the evening and
won’t interfere with your normal work
• In five semesters, you can earn the
MSTM degree by taking one four-hour
class per week.
• Each course is ten weeks, with two con-
secutive courses per semester – or four
courses per academic year.
• Classes are taught by way of interactive
video-conference. Students go to the
nearest conference site (usually a local
Caltrans district office) and participate
in real time with other students and
You can afford to do it!
MTI has made graduate study in transportation man- We also keep you updated on opportunities to apply
agement very affordable. Tuition is $975 per course, far for regional or national fellowships from the Ameri-
less than almost any other accredited graduate degree. can Public Transportation Association (APTA), the Eno
Many instructors use online resources, so textbook Foundation, and other leading organizations. Many of
expenses are often not significant. our students successfully compete for such awards.
MTI offers generous financial assistance – typically And don’t forget the extra earning power your educa-
two $1500 fellowships per academic year or a grand tional investment will bring. Many of our graduates
total of $6,000 for MSTM students, or two $750 schol- have been promoted or hired to desirable positions,
arships per academic year or a grand total of $1,500 and they frequently attribute their participation in
for Graduate Certificate students. In addition, your our graduate programs as a primary reason for their
employer may also offset your expenses as part of your advancement.
educational benefits. Your college expenses may also be
Program courses cover many aspects
of transportation management.
When you enroll in the MSTM or a Certificate Program,
you start on a path to learning all the fundamentals of
transportation management. Generally, you may take
the classes in any order, and you can start with any
session during the academic year. There are no prereq-
uisites for most classes, although some MSTM students
find it appropriate to begin with MTM201, the survey
course for the program.
What are the admission requirements?
The graduate program requirements are demanding,
yet can be flexible. The requirements are:
• Undergraduate degree from an accredited college
• 3.0 GPA target, with official transcripts
• 500 GMAT target score
• 550 TOEFL if your undergraduate degree program
was in a language other than English
Graduate Certificate Programs in Transportation
Management, Transportation Security and High
Speed Rail Management
• Undergraduate degree from an accredited college
• 2.5 GPA
• No GMAT
What are the graduation requirements?
Master of Science (MSTM) Graduate Certificate in Transportation Security
• 10 classes to earn the Master’s (MSTM) degree Management (CTSM)
• 6 required courses • 4 classes to earn the certificate
• 3 electives • 2 core classes AND
• 1 creative project: The Capstone for the • 2 electives in Transportation Security
Graduate Certificate in High-Speed Rail
Graduate Certificate in Transportation Management (CHSRM)
Management (CTM) • 4 classes to earn the certificate
• 4 classes to earn the certificate • 2 core classes AND
• 4 core classes OR • 2 electives in High-Speed Rail
• 3 core classes and 1 elective
MSTM Required Courses, 3 units each
MTM 201: Fundamentals of Transportation impact on intermodal development in seeking to man-
Management provides a common core of surface age public and private objectives and diverse agendas
transportation knowledge for the other MSTM courses. of federal, state, and local agencies.
It discusses the historic development of transportation
economics, policy, and culture. It also reviews stake- MTM 215: Transportation Systems Planning and
holders whose commitment is necessary to create and Development examines transportation systems devel-
sustain a successful transportation entity. opment interrelationships with land use, environmen-
tal management, and urban planning. It also includes
MTM 202: Introduction to Transportation Fund- realities of politics, public administration, regula-
ing and Finance teaches how to prepare financial tions and financing alternatives. The course extends to
strategy for a major transportation project. Under construction administration, including governmental
Federal Transportation Funding, the course will exam- approvals, specification development, contracting law
ine authorization, appropriations, obligations, transit and regulations, and fiscal control.
funding, flexible funding, reauthorization, and what it
means for California. Under State Transportation Fund- MTM 217: Leadership and Management of Trans-
ing, the course will examine the State Highway Account portation Organizations is a study of the human
and Fund Estimate, along with the State Transportation resources aspects of managing transportation systems,
Improvement Program, which is the “blueprint” to Sen- including labor and management, collaboration and
ate Bill 45. There will also be discussion about advocat- negotiation, and consultative employee relations pro-
ing for new money, including successes and failures. grams. The course builds leadership and team building
skills within the context of bringing about organiza-
MTM 203: Transportation Markets and Business tional change in a complex transportation system.
Development emphasizes positioning services to
meet the needs of particular groups and market seg- MTM 290: Strategic Management in Transporta-
ments, and marketing the system to new users and user tion (“Capstone Course”) provides a logical conclusion
groups (including developing the public/private sector through an individual comprehensive research project.
relationship). It also examines strategies for developing A variety of external learning experiences (internships,
community relationships with marketing and public field assignments, mentoring), formal in-class case
relations, and how to use the media to its best advan- discussions, and learning exercises provide a capstone
tage. seminar that requires the student to demonstrate mas-
tery of strategic planning, development, and manage-
MTM 214: Transportation Policy and Regulation ment of multi-model surface transportation systems.
surveys political frameworks of governments as both This course requires prior completion of 21 MSTM
customer and provider, developing transportation units, which means that it need not be the last class
policy with public involvement, and measuring per- taken. However, the graduate degree still is not com-
formance with public oversight. It also reviews policy plete until the student had earned a total of 30 units.
Electives, 3 units each
MTM 226A: Emergency Management Issues for the MTM 296B: Labor Relations provides grounding in la-
Transportation Professional emphasizes the role of bor laws and the development of public sector unions.
emergency management within transportation agen- It also emphasizes contract negotiation and managing
cies, and the role of transportation and resources in the under a union contract. The class contains a negotia-
larger community-wide response to emergencies and tion simulation, and students are asked to examine
disasters. a variety of arbitration cases involving the right to
organize, management rights, established practices, the
MTM 226B: Security Issues for the Transporta- necessity to arbitrate, and the test of individual griev-
tion Professional examines contemporary challenges ances.
to transportation security. Topics include managing
infrastructure challenges (such as tunnel, bridge, road, MTM 230: Multi-modal Transportation in California
and rail vulnerabilities), preventing and responding to provides an overview of public transit systems in Cali-
theft, workplace violence, disruptive terrorism, sui- fornia. It examines the maze of public transit services,
cide and placement bombing attacks, and their related funding, and regulation. Topics include transit vehicles,
protection strategies. Students will learn about federal ridership, organizational structures, and more.
and state grants for security, as well as regional trans-
portation planning for disaster response planning. MTM 296E: Introduction to High-Speed Rail
(HSR)*is designed for those who wish to become
MTM 236: Contemporary Issues in Transportation managers in the evolving high-speed rail program in
Management emphasizes the impact of contemporary, the US. The course will introduce students to this new
political, and popular views on decision making in passenger rail mode and describe its attributes and
transportation, and how collaborative efforts are made technical components, its worldwide introduction, and
within the framework of government and business en- the path being taken in the US. The course will also
vironments. The course may include significant content deal with general enterprise management and the com-
via guest speakers or professionals in the transporta- petencies it requires, and with the issues of organizing
tion industry and government. for HSR project development and implementation. This
course is the first in a two-course sequence required to
MTM 283: Research Internship is taken with approv- complete the Graduate Certificate in High-Speed Rail
al of the program administrator and the MTI research Management.
director. Students may apply for an internship with
MTI. A research team, consisting of a student cohort MTM 296F: Management of High-Speed Rail Opera-
group and/or MTI research associates, will conduct tions* focuses on the management knowledge, skills
research related to a specific aspect of surface trans- and techniques necessary to implement a newly cre-
portation management. ated high-speed rail (HSR) system in the US. Traditional
management concerns such as marketing, organization,
MTM/BUS 286: Project Management introduces and planning will be applied the HSR environment.
project management and identifies the tools and tech- The course also will address aspects of HSR operations
niques to resolve problems associated with bringing that are more specific to the mode, such as security,
projects in on time and within an established budget. maintenance, service connectivity and integration, and
Discussion will include topics such as project schedul- federal oversight. The goal is to prepare students to
ing, PERT/CPM resource leveling, team dynamics, and become qualified managers in various facets of HSR
cost estimates. Students learn how to develop project operations.
proposals and project reports.
* Course in development at press time
Instructors are experts in
MSTM and Certificate Program instructors include university-level faculty
as well as leading experts in their respective fields.
Alix Bockelman Nick Compin, Ph.D.
Director, Programming and Allo- Division of Traffic Operations
cations, Metropolitan Transporta- Chief, PeMS, California Depart-
tion Commission, San Francisco ment of Transportation
MTM 215, “Transportation Sys-
MTM 202, “Accounting, Finance tems Planning & Development”
and Business Development”
Ph.D., Urban and Regional Plan-
Master of Public Policy, UC ning, University of California,
James Brent Donna DeMartino
Department Chair, Political Sci- Director, San Joaquin Regional
ence, San José State University Transit District
MTM 214, “ Transportation Policy MTM 296D, “Public Transporta-
& Regulation” tion in California”
Ph.D., Political Science, Ohio State M.S., Transportation Manage-
University ment, San José State University
Hon. Rod Diridon, Sr. Peter J. Haas, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Mineta Trans- Education Director, Mineta Trans-
portation Institute portation Institute
MTM 290, “Strategic Management MTM 201, “Fundamentals of
in Transportation” Transportation Management”
M.S., Business Administration, Ph.D., University of North Caro-
San José State University lina at Chapel Hill
Frances Edwards, Ph.D. Matt Raymond
Professor, Political Science, San Chief Communication Officer,
José State University Los Angeles County Metropolitan
MTM 296, “Emergency Manage-
ment Issues for the Transporta- MTM 203, “Transportation Mar-
tion Professional” kets & Business Development”
Ph.D. CEM, Public Administration, M.P.A., University of Colorado at
New York University Denver, School of Public Affairs
Stan Feinsod Gary Richards
Passenger Rail Consultant “Mr. Roadshow” columnist and
transportation editor, San José
MTM 296D, “Introduction to High Mercury News
Speed Rail Management”
MTM 236, “Current Topics in
M.S., Transport Planning, Poly- Transportation”
technical Institute of Brooklyn
B.S., Political Science, Iowa State
University; Graduate courses in
Daniel C. Goodrich journalism.
Research Associate, Mineta Trans-
George Whaley, Ph.D.
MTM 226B, “Security Issues in No photo Professor, Organization & Man-
Transportation” available agement
M.P.A., San José State University MTM 217, “Leadership & Manage-
ment of Transportation Organiza-
Ph.D., University of Colorado,
How selected students have
succeeded in their careers
Many MSTM and Certificate Programs have many students and alumni who have
demonstrated great success in their transportation careers. Among out many
success stories are the following alumni.
Richard Tree Jeff Spencer
The City of Porterville named Richard Tree Director of Accepted new position with Federal Transit Admin-
Transportation for its Public Transit System. He cur- istration in Washington D.C., as Sr. Transportation
rently serves as Transit Manager. This appointment Specialist.
takes effect upon the retirement of current Director
Linda Clark. Richard credits his graduate studies as Brandi Childress
the key for this promotion. Richard will be the second Promoted to Public Information Officer, Santa Clara
member of the Tree family to graduate from the Mineta Valley Transportation Authority, Santa Clara, CA.
Transportation Institute. His brother, Michael, gradu-
ated in 1999 and is currently the City Manager for the Alva Carrasco
City of Twenty-Nine Palms. Accepted a position as the Assistant Director of Trans-
portation at Montebello Bus Lines, Montebello, CA.
Was selected to participate in the Green Field future of Bruce Buck
Aviation security Workshop. DHS Science & Technol- Who knew that within a year of taking an emergency
ogy and the Research Council of the United Kingdom management class, I would be helping Nashville MTA
are sponsoring the 2½ day event. Young transportation recover from the worst flood in Nashville in 100 years.
professionals from the US and the UK have been chosen Thank you, Dr. Edwards for all of the information -
to attend the workshop. It will be held at the Stevens it was REALLY handy when I was up to my waste
Institute of Technology (SIT) in Castle Point, New Jer- in water!
sey, August 2-4, 2010.
Matthew Sandstrom Recently promoted to Freeway Service Patrol Program
Was promoted to Project Manager for the Clean Energy Coordinator at the Metropolitan Transportation Com-
Coalition in Ypsilanti, Michigan. mission, Los Angeles.
Selected Academic Achievements
MTI graduate students also compete nationally for awards and scholarships from prestigious
institutions. Among them are the American Public Transportation Foundation, the Eno Foun-
dation Fellowship, CUTC, as well as the U.S. Department of Transportation Student of the Year
Award. The most recent winners include:
APTA - American Public Transportation Association
APTA is the leading force in advanc- Kenneth Johannsen, Caltrans Denise Patrick, Santa Clara
ing public transportation. APTA District Eleven – APTA Foundation Valley Transportation Authority –
servecs and leads its diverse mem- Renewal Scholarship APTA Hall of Fame Award, $3000
bership through advocacy, innova- continuation
tion and information sharing. APTA Kenneth Johanasen, Caltrans
and its members and staff work to D11 San Diego – American Public Denise Patrick, Santa Clara
ensure that public transportation Transportation Hall of Fame Schol- Valley Transportation Authority –
is available and accessible for all arship Transit Leadership Executive Devel-
Americans in communities across opment Program
the country. Ernesto Chavez, LA Metro –
APTA Foundation Scholarship Boris Deunert, Caltrans D4 Oak-
land – Richard J. Bouchard Scholar-
ENO - Eno Foundation Scholarship
For the past 17 years, the Eno Lisa Fabish, Booz Allen Hamilton Lawrence Orcutt, Caltrans
Transportation Foundation has – Eno Transportation Foundation HQ Sacramento – Eno Leadership
sponsored a Leadership Develop- Fellowship Development Conference
ment Conference, which builds
early professional development Ernesto Chavez, LA Metro – Andrea Glerum, Nolte Associ-
and leadership qualities among APTA Foundation Scholarship ates, Inc. – Eno Leadership Develop-
the most promising graduate ment Conference
students considering careers Christina Watson
CUTC - Council of University Transportation Centers
The CUTC Awards Competition rec- at the Annual CUTC Awards Recep- Darren Grilley, SeaTac – CUTC
ognizes outstanding transportation tion and Banquet. These individu- Parker Award for Best Non-thesis
students, faculty and leaders for als, who have been nominated by Paper in Policy and Planning
their accomplishments in the field educators from across the country,
of transportation research and edu- have emerged as some of the best
cation. Each year nine individuals and brightest minds in the industry.
(six students, two faculty and one A list of past winners is available.
lifetime achievement) are honored
HERE’S WHAT OUR STUDENTS
AND ALUMNI ARE SAYING...
“Who knew that within a year of taking an emergency management class, I would
be helping Nashville MTA recover from the worst flood in Nashville in 100 years.
Thank you, Dr. Edwards, for all of the information. It was really handy when I was
up to my waist in water!”
Bruce Buck, Class of 2009
“When I was interviewing for my new position, pursuing an advanced degree - and
particularly this program - is what helped to put me above the rest of the competi-
tion. I fully realized it when, just two days after my midterm, my supervisor asked
me the exact same question that was on the test.”
Jaime Rodriquez, Class of 2006
City of Milpitas
“I believe management gave me favorable consideration for this position because I
am an MSTM student. They have been very supportive although this is just my first
Stephanie Watts, Class of 2011
Acting Branch Chief, Transit Systems Analysis
“I credit my MSTM degree with helping tremendously to move my application to the
top of the pile.”
Nick Deal, Class of 2006
Promoted to Senior Planner
Board of Trustees
Founder Honorary Co-Chairs Chair
Hon. Norman Y. Mineta Hon. James Oberstar Mortimer Downey
Secretary (ret.) Chair Chairman
US Department of Commerce House Transportation and PB Consult, Inc.
US Department of Transportation Infrastructure Committee
Vice Chairman United States House of
Hill & Knowlton, Inc. Representatives Vice Chair
Hon. John L. Mica Steve Heminger
Ranking Member Executive Director
House Transportation and Metropolitan Transpor-
Infrastructure Committee tation Commission
United States House of
Rod Diridon, Sr.*
Thomas E. Barron Jane Chmielinski Will Kempton Dr. David M. Steele
President President/COO General Manager Dean, College of Business
Parsons Transportation DMJM Harris Orange County Transporta- San José State University
Group tion Authority (OCTA)
William Dorey Paul A. Toliver*
Ignacio Barron de Angoiti President/CEO Cindy McKim President
Director, Passenger and Granite Construction, Inc. Acting Director New Age Industries
High Speed Department California Department of
International Union of Nuria I. Fernandez Transportation Michael S. Townes*
Railways (UIC) Sr. Vice President, Tran- President/CEO (ret.)
sportation Business Group William W. Millar* Transportation District
Joseph Boardman CH2MHill President Commission of Hampton
Chief Executive Officer American Public Transpor- Roads
Amtrak Rose Guilbault tation Association (APTA)
Vice President David L. Turney*
Donald H. Camph American Automobile Norman Y. Mineta Chairman, President, CEO
President Association Secretary (ret.) DRI Corporation
California Institute for US Department of
Technology Exchange Ed Hamberger Transportation Edward Wytkind
President/CEO President, Transportation
Anne P. Canby Association of American Stephanie L. Pinson Trades Department
President Railroads President/CEO AFL-CIO
Surface Transportation Gilbert Tweed Associates,
Policy Project Hon. John Horsley* Inc.
American Association of
State Highway and Tran-
* Past MTI Chair
For program information… For an informational meeting…
Viviann Ferea Dr. Peter Haas
Education Program Assistant Education Director
(408) 924-7570 (408) 924-5691 Or go to www.transweb.sjsu.edu