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Transportation Policy, Operations, & Logistics (TPOL)

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Transform Local and Global

Transportation Systems

Study Theory, Tools and Techniques & Earn a Master’s Degree in Transportation Policy, Operations and Logistics

The Transportation Policy, Operations, and Logistics (TPOL) program at George Mason University is designed for students and practicing professionals engaged in policy, planning, regulating, managing and operating transportation facilities and services.

This program provides a working knowledge of the theory, policy, law, research and practices required effectively and efficiently supply and operate transportation facilities and services.

Students learn to think critically and analytically about the challenges and opportunities in the transportation field, and to communicate their analyses clearly and effectively, both through written and oral presentations.

Students tackle a wide range of issues, including

  • The role of transport planning in urban design
  • Transportation policy and its impact on economic growth and development
  • Financing and public-private partnerships (PPP)
  • Integrating pedestrians and bicycles safely into system design
  • Multimodal interaction
  • Congestion and toll system use
  • Supply chain management and logistics
  • International trade
  • Fleet management
  • Economic, social and environmental sustainability

Graduates of the TPOL program hold important positions throughout the transportation industry, including state departments of transportation, federal agencies, Congressional staff, industry associations such as AASHTO, and consulting firms such as SAIC, and Booz Allen Hamilton.

Distance Learning Courses

For some master’s courses, instruction is available via video teleconferencing to select sites throughout Virginia and Montana for state transportation employees. Learn more.

Admissions Requirements

Tuition for the TPOL program is:
In State: $717.25 per credit hour
Out of State: $1,333.25 per credit hour

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Courses You’ll Take

 Analysis for Transportation Managers:
Lean basic methods of transportation analysis and evaluation relating them to policy frameworks. Emphasis is on applying mathematical models to relevant policy and management problems.

 Transportation Planning and Policy
Study highway, rail, air, and water transport planning in the United States. Investigate the legislative, organizational, fiscal, legal and political environment within which planning for transportation facilities and services takes place.

Transportation Economics
Examine the economics of transport systems, and how transportation relates to urban and regional development. Treats transport generically, but includes case studies of specific modes.

Introduction to Transportation Systems
Examine the history and development of transportation systems, and their contribution to and impact on society. Also investigates the institutions and practices that govern planning, design, construction, operation, maintenance, and retirement from service.