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The combined resources of USC and CSULB provide a comprehensive array of undergraduate, graduate, and professional development programs related to transportation. They encompass all aspects of transportation including planning, logistics, engineering, economics, business, and public policy.


Transportation programs at USC

USC is the oldest private research university in the American West. Its faculty and students collaborate on a wide range of research projects that directly affect Southern California, the nation, and the world. Faculty members conduct both individual and grant-funded research, much of which takes place in the school’s research centers and institutes. Students have the opportunity to serve as research assistants in these centers or to assist faculty with individual research projects.

Transportation education for students at USC is offered in both the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy (Price School) and the USC Viterbi School of Engineering (VSOE), as well as by pursuing the multi-disciplinary, university-wide Graduate Certificate in Transportation Systems.


USC Price School offers transportation related programs within fields of urban planning and public policy at all levels including undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels. Transportation lab centers and Urban Planning and Spatial Analysis lab centers are specifically highlighted under Price School.


USC Viterbi School of Engineering (VSOE) offers undergraduate programs, graduate programs, doctoral programs, and special degree options for undergraduate and graduate students in transportation fields under Sonny Astani Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering. Students interested in the fields of industrial and systems engineering could also find all levels of programs in the Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering. Other transportation relevant programs at all levels in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science can be found in Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Department of Computer Science.


Transportation programs at CSULB

Founded in 1949, California State University Long Beach (CSULB) is a diverse, student-centered, globally-engaged public university committed to providing highly-valued undergraduate and graduate educational opportunities through exemplary teaching, research, creative activity and service for the people of California and the world. As a University, CSULB is ranked among the top national universities on the affordability factor, and the National Science Foundation recognizes CSULB as number one in the nation for producing graduates who continue to achieving doctoral degrees. 

Transportation education at CSULB is offered as part of both undergraduate and graduate level programs in the College of Engineering, in the Department of Economics, and in the College of Business, and in non-degree programs in the College of Professional and International Education.


The CSULB College of Engineering is nationally ranked. In particular, the College is among the top 50 universities in the nation for undergraduate teaching. Students of transportation generally choose bachelor or master’s degree programs in Aerospace Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Construction Engineering Management, and Computer Science. Undergraduate and graduate programs in Civil Engineering and Construction Engineering Management are offered in College of Engineering.

Graduate level programs related to Public Policy and Administration are offered in College of Health and Human Services.

Undergraduate degree programs and Minor programs related to supply chain management are provided by Management and Human Resource Management Department in College of Business.


The Center for International Trade and Transportation (CITT) is dedicated to delivering education programs, innovative research, and community outreach in the area of goods movement. CITT is the Long Beach home for four major research centers: METRANS Transportation Center, a U.S. Department of Transportation-designated university transportation center; the U.C. Davis-led National Center for Sustainable Transportation; MetroFreight, a Volvo Research and Education Foundations Center of Excellence in Urban Freight based at the University of Southern California; and the Federal Highway Administration’s Southwest Transportation Workforce Center (SWTWC) covering eight states—California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas.

CITT’s education programs include credit and non-credit programs in integrated logistics, featuring the award-winning Global Logistics Professional (GLP) and Marine Terminal Operations Professional (MTOP) programs.


Some Featured Research Centers related to Transportation at USC (might be helpful):

METRANS Transportation Center

Center for Advanced Transportation Technologies (CATT)

Urban Data Lab

Pop Dynamics

Sol Price Center for Social Innovation

Spatial Analysis Lab (SLAB)