Transportation Engineering Overview


  • 1 year college-level calculus
  • 1 year college-level physics (e.g. Physics 7A/7B)
  • 1 semester probability and statistics (See Transportation's Statistics/linear algebra diagnostic)
  • 1 semester elementary linear algebra
To see Berkeley course descriptions, visit the Guide; to go directly to CE courses, click here.


MS: Plan I

  • Thesis required
  • 20 units with 8 in Transportation (2 of these 8 can be CE 299) and 2 of the remaining 12 can be CE 299
  • 2 semesters

MS: Plan II

  • 1-hour oral comprehensive examination is required
  • 24 units with 12 in Transportation Engineering (2 of these 12 can be CE 299) and 2 of the remaining 12 can be CE 299
  • 2 semesters

Master of Engineering (MEng)

  • 24 units
  • Core Leadership classes: E 271, E 272
  • An integrative capstone project: E 296 MA/MB
  • 2 required technical electives: CE 251, CE 252
  • 2 courses chosen from: CE 253, CE 255, CE 259, CE 260, CE 264
  • See Fung Institute for more information.

Dual degree with City Planning

  • Satisfy requirements of “City Planning”
  • Satisfy requirements of “Transportation Engineering” as for MS Plan II
  • 5 semesters


  • A bachelor's or master's degree from an accredited institution or a recognized equivalent is required.  If you hold only a bachelor's degree, you must earn the master's degree while progressing towards the Ph.D.  A demonstrated superior level of academic achievement (minimum 3.5 GPA) in your graduate studies and support of a faculty research adviser are required to continue in the program.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.5 in the major and above 3.0 in the minor fields.
  • Each PhD student must have a graduate advisor to provide general academic guidance and to help with administrative matters, and a research advisor to supervise the student's dissertation research and to assist in identifying funding paths.
  • Broad variety of courses in Transportation Engineering, e.g. policy, operations, systems, and design + basic core.
  • Proficiency in probability/statistics, e.g. Stat 134 and Stat 135 or CE 262
  • Two minors
  • Three examinations: 
    • Preliminary examination
    • Written qualifying examination
    • Oral qualifying examination
  • Workshops with thesis committee