The Louisiana Board of Regents has approved a new Master of Science in Transportation degree at the University of New Orleans, making it the first degree of its kind in the state. The program, which will launch in the fall semester of 2015, will also be one of the first in the United States that will train students in multimodal freight and passenger transportation systems.
“This program will fill a vital need in training Louisiana residents to advance in a well-paid industry with an abundance of job opportunities,” said John Renne, associate provost of urban initiatives and director of the Merritt C. Becker Jr. UNO Transportation Institute. “The transportation industry is one of the fastest growing in the state, and it has an average salary of nearly $70,000 in the metro New Orleans area. We are excited that UNO will further solidify its role as a university that trains the nation’s future transportation leaders.”
The Master of Science in Transportation will be designed for working professionals seeking career advancement. It will be offered in a hybrid online and on-campus format, similar to many other executive master’s degree programs. It will provide students with the flexibility of an online program and the benefits of concentrated on-campus meetings that will allow students to build a professional network with classmates, instructors and industry-affiliated partners.
The program will be 33 credits, including an 18 hour credit core. Students will choose among one of three specializations: transportation planning, transportation administration or a self-directed concentration. Students will also complete a six-credit capstone or thesis option.