Graduate Division

Transportation Science Ph.D.

Section 1

Overview

The graduate program in Transportation Science includes faculty from three academic units: the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in The Henry Samueli School of Engineering, the Department of Economics in the School of Social Sciences, and the Department of Planning, Policy, and Design in the School of Social Ecology. The program is designed to educate students in a broad set of competencies and perspectives that mirror the actual practice of current transportation research. The M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Transportation Science are offered.

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Quick Facts

Program Type

Doctoral Program

Normative Time to Degree

5 years

Capstone Type

Dissertation

Accordion Section

Admissions Requirements

Admission is limited to a small number of exceptionally talented, independent, and self-disciplined students. Applications must be received by March 1 for admission in the fall quarter of the same year but funding for applications received after January 15 may be unavailable. All applicants must take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) prior to the application deadline. Applicants whose first language is not English must also submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores. For more detailed information and instructions on applying to UCI, please check the UCI Graduate Studies website.

Financial Support

ITS Irvine has had a rich history of providing financial support for UCI graduate students in transportation through its funded research activities. Several types of financial assistance are available and most of our graduate students are supported by fellowships or by research or teaching assistantships. Graduate students in transportation who are either U.S. citizens or permanent residents are eligible for University of California Transportation Center (UCTC) fellowships.

Awards typically include a monthly stipend, required student fees, and if applicable, non-resident tuition. Other fellowships are offered, including tuition awards for outstanding applicants who are not California residents. In many cases, fellowship stipends may be supplemented by partial assistantship appointments. All fellowship awards and assistantships appointments are made in accordance with the affirmative action policies of the University of California.

Applicants interested in assistantships or fellowships should so indicate on their application when applying for admission. Graduate applications should be completed by January 15 to receive full consideration for fellowship and assistantship awards. Continuing students interested in financial support should contact the program Director.

UCI subscribes to the agreement of the Council of Graduate Schools of the United States, under which successful applicants for awards of financial support are given until April 15 to accept or decline such awards. An award accepted from one of the member universities may be resigned at any time through April 15. However, an acceptance given or left in force after that date commits the student to not accepting another appointment without first obtaining formal release for that purpose from the awarding institution.

Tuition & Fees

Graduate/Credential Student Fees 2018-19

  Fall 2018 Winter 2019 Spring 2019 Annual
Student Services Fee 376.00 376.00 376.00 1,128.00
Tuition 3,814.00 3,814.00 3,814.00 11,442.00
Assoc. Grad Students Fee 9.00 9.00 9.00 27.00
Student Center Fee 137.88 137.88 137.87 413.63
Bren Events Center Fee 23.00 23.00 23.00 69.00
Recreation Center Fee 88.00 88.00 88.00 264.00
eTech Fee * 60.00 60.00 60.00 180.00
Document Fee † 80.00 0.00 0.00 80.00
Student Health Insurance 1,348.00 1,347.00 1,347.00 4,042.00
Total California Resident $5,795.88 $5,794.88 $5,794.87 $17,385.63
Nonresident Supplemental Tuition 5,034.00 5,034.00 5,034.00 15,102.00
Total Nonresident $10,829.88 $10,828.88 $10,828.87 $32,487.63

Posted 10 August 2018 at http://reg.uci.edu/fees/2018-2019/graduate.html

The tuition, fees, and charges posted to your billing statement or account are estimates based on currently approved amounts. These figures may not be final. Actual tuition, fees, and charges are subject to change by the Regents of the University of California and could be affected by increases or reductions in State funding, or other developments. Accordingly, final approved levels (and thus your final balance due) may differ from the amounts shown.

The non-refundable eTech Fee is required of all students and is used to support the maintenance and improvement of existing education technology, and new services and capabilities. The eTech fee is listed separately as the charged amount varies based on the amount of undergraduate units the student is enrolled in and is assessed later in the term than the other fees listed. The fee is $4 per unit of undergraduate lecture course, up to a maximum amount of $60 (or 15 units) per quarter. It will be assessed after the third week of instruction. The $60 eTech Fee included on this chart reflects the maximum possible fee.

† The Document Fee provides lifetime access to official transcripts and academic verifications without a fee for in-person pickup or delivery by USPS. In addition, there is no fee for mailing the initial diploma. Effective Fall 2018, new undergraduate, professional, and graduate students are assessed the one-time document fee. Eligible students are able to use financial aid to cover the Document Fee.

Core Faculty

Amelia Regan
Director of Transportation Science Program
Professor
Department of Computer Science
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
PhD, University of Texas, Austin
Freight network analysis, logistics, intermodal operations, applications of ITS to commercial vehicle operations


David Brownstone
Professor
Department of Economics
PhD, University of California, Berkeley
Areas of Interests:
Panel study methodology, discrete choice models, bootstrap methodology, housing demand

    
Jan K. Brueckner
Professor and Chair
Department of Economics
PhD, Stanford University
Areas of Interests:
Urban economics, public economics, industrial organization, and housing finance
   


Joseph F. DiMento
Professor of Social Ecology, Law and Management
Department of Planning, Policy & Design
Ph.D., J.D. University of Michigan
Areas of Interests:
Planning, land use and environmental law, use of social science in policy making, legal control of corporate behavior, impacts of transportation systems, transportation history

    
Gordon J. Fielding
Professor Emeritus of Social Sciences
Department of Economics
PhD, University of California, Los Angeles
Areas of Interests:
Transit management and performance, road pricing, transportation finance

    
Douglas Houston
Assistant Professor
Department of Planning, Policy, and Design
PhD, University of California, Los Angeles
Areas of Interests:
transportation, air pollution, urban inequality, environmental equity, spatial analysis
 
R. (Jay) Jayakrishnan
Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
PhD, University of Texas, Austin
Areas of Interests:
Analysis and simulation of urban traffic networks under information, traffic flow theory, traffic assignment, advanced transit technologies

    
Wenlong Jin
Assistant Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
PhD, University of California, Davis
Areas of Interests:
Traffic flow theory, transportation network analysis, intelligent transportation systems

    
Jae Hong Kim
Assistant Professor
Department of Planning, Policy, and Design
PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Areas of Interests:
Regional economic development, land use, economic–physical development nexus, location choice, urban system modeling

    
Michael G. McNally
Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
PhD, University of California, Irvine
Areas of Interests:
Transportation systems analysis, travel forecasting models, complex travel behavior, transportation and land use

    
Will Recker
Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
PhD, Carnegie-Mellon University
Areas of Interests:
Transportation systems analysis, analysis of complex travel behavior, disaggregate modeling methodologies, advanced technologies

    
Stephen G. Ritchie
Professor, Director of ITS
Civil and Environmental Engineering
PhD, Cornell University
Areas of Interests:
Transportation engineering, advanced traffic management and control systems, development and application of emerging technologies

    
Kevin Roth
Assistant Professor
Economics
PhD, Cornell University
Areas of Interests:
Environmental and transportation economics


Jean-Daniel Saphores
Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Department of Planning, Policy and Design
Department of Economics
PhD, Cornell University
Areas of Interests:
Transportation and the environment, transportation economics, freight and the environment, traffic safety

    
Kenneth Small
Professor Emeritus
Department of Economics
PhD, University of California, Berkeley
Areas of Interests:
Urban economics, transportation economics, econometrics, public finance, environmental economics

    
Jun Wu
Associate Professor
Public Health and Epidemiology
PhD, University of California, Los Angeles
Areas of Interests:
Air pollution exposure assessment and air pollution epidemiology

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