Transportation Management and Policy

Contacts:Teresa Adams (Professor and Chair) Greg Waidley (Program Coordinator) Jim Miller (Graduate Advisor), (608) 263-4373

Sustainable transportation systems are vital to modern societies. Demand for and use of our highway, public transportation, freight, rail, air, and water transportation networks are influenced by globalization of the economy, development of healthy economic mega-regions, lifestyle choices, and societal affluence. Concerns about their sustainability arise from our reliance on fossil fuels and rising transportation costs, vehicle emissions, impacts on land use, and the performance of aging infrastructure.

The Transportation Management and Policy Program (TMP) satisfies the demand for transportation professionals who understand multiple dimensions of mobility management and planning, enabling them to make choices leading to more environmentally and socially sustainable transportation systems now and in the future.

TMP's curriculum integrates the study of the environment, transportation and land use planning, engineering, economics, freight mobility, multi-modal systems, spatial analysis, and decision making with the study of political, legal, environmental, and social factors that shape transportation management.

The program prepares students for professional work with public sector transportation agencies, consulting firms, and other organizations concerned with sustainable transportation management and policy. It is closely associated with the National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE) at UW-Madison.

Master's-degree students who complete the program receive TMP certificates in addition to their degrees. Doctoral students can count the program as a minor. TMP is not available as a stand-alone graduate degree.

Eligibility and Prerequisites

TMP welcomes applications from students in any graduate degree program at UW-Madison. The program is especially suited for students with academic backgrounds in business, economics, engineering, environmental studies, land management, public affairs, and/or urban planning.

Students entering the program are expected to have completed at least one college-level course in statistics. A student may be admitted with a deficiency in statistics but will be expected to complete at least one statistics course in addition to other requirements.