While transportation as an end in itself will appeal to a narrow range of people, transportation as a means to improving lives will attract far more. We believe that the challenges (e.g. air quality, equity, political dynamics) and solutions (e.g. bicycling, electric vehicles, urban design, innovative pricing policies) embedded in transportation for livable communities can help grow and diversify the workforce. Our approach to education consists of:  

  • Offering Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees and Courses in Multiple Disciplines. NITC partner universities offer a rich array of degrees that serve the transportation profession. NITC supports undergarduate and graduate students directly through research assistantships working on projects. We provide dissertation fellowships for students to research surface transportation topics that fit under the NITC theme. 
  • Providing Experiential Learning. A key component of our education strategy is experiential learning, which will help attract and retain students. Our campuses will continue to providing these opportunities, and NITC will seek ways to expand them.
  • Developing Innovative New Curriculum. NITC partner universities have developed new, innovative curriculum consistent with transportation and livable communities that can be tested and shared among NITC and other universities.
  • Educating Professionals. NITC will maintain a vibrant program of seminars, workshops, professional courses and other training opportunities that provide transportation practitioners with the latest tools and techniques.
  • Engaging K-12 Students. NITC's K‐12 programs are designed to attract and retain new undergraduate students to our degree programs, and involve undergraduates in our research. 

Data Science Course

Offered for the first time in August 2017, the goal of this course is to empower students and practitioners to spend less time wrestling with software and more time doing useful research/work. Read more.

Graduate Programs


NITC partner universities offer the following programs with transportation specializations:

Portland State University

Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP)

Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering (MSCE)

Master of Engineering in Civil and Environmental Engineering (MEng)

Master of Engineering in Civil and Environmental Engineering Management (MEng)

Master of Urban Studies (MUS)

Ph.D. in Urban Studies

Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering

Dual Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning and Civil and Environmental Engineering

Graduate Certificate in Transportation