Transportation Engineering

School of Engineering and Applied Science

Graduate Certificate
Location(s): Foggy Bottom - Main Campus

Program Overview

The certificate program in transportation engineering is particularly appropriate for those who wish to gain specialized knowledge in one of the following tracks: Intelligent Transportation Systems & Congestion Mitigation or Transportation Safety. 

Upon completion of the certificate program in transportation engineering, students will be able to design, analyze, and evaluate systems in transportation engineering.

For the intelligent transportation systems and congestion mitigation track, students will be able to apply commands, controls and communications in modern multimodal transportation; infrastructure/highway and vehicle automation, advanced traffic management, vehicle control and safety systems; information, data, and sensory requirements; practical applications and projects. Students will learn to apply roadway traffic capacity and network performance measures; steady and unsteady traffic flow phenomena; traffic control signalization theory and practical implementation; monitoring techniques, instruments, and data processing for highway safety; and traffic related highway safety design concepts.

For the transportation safety track, students will be able to explain the dynamic performance of an automotive vehicle using engineering principles and analytical methods. Students will also learn about vehicle standards and crash test analysis, perform crash investigation and analysis, and apply dynamic nonlinear finite element methods with contact algorithms for modeling crash phenomena.

To obtain the certificate in transportation engineering, students must complete a total of five courses.



Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines:

Fall – January 15
Spring – September 1
Summer – March 1

Standardized test scores:

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the Academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the PTE Academic is required of all applicants except those who hold a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from a college or university in the United States or from an institution located in a country in which English is the official language, provided English was the language of instruction. Minimum scores:


  • Academic IELTS: an overall band score of 6.0 with no individual score below 5.0; or
  • TOEFL: 550 on paper-based or 80 on Internet-based; or
  • PTE Academic: 53.

Applicants with lower test scores may qualify for our full-time Applied English Studies program.

Prior academic records:

Transcripts required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript. Transcripts must be forwarded in their original sealed envelopes.

If academic records are in a language other than English, a certified English language translation must be provided; translations alone will not be accepted.

Statement of purpose:

In an essay of 250 to 500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study at The George Washington University; describe your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans; and discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned.

Additional requirements:

Applicants should possess an undergraduate degree in engineering, the physical sciences, or applied mathematics.

International applicants only:

International applicants requiring a visa from GW are not eligible to apply for admission to this program, but may apply for the M.S., Ph.D., or a professional degree (App.Sc. or Engr.) in civil and environmental engineering with an area of focus in transportation safety engineering.

For more information on the admission process, please visit the SEAS Frequently Asked Questions page.

Contact for questions:
[email protected] ~ 202.994.1802 or 800.537.7327 ~ 202.994.1651 (fax)
9:00 – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday
Skype: GW Engineering