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The master of arts in Transportation Policy, Operations, and Logistics (TPOL) program is designed for students and practicing professionals engaged in planning, regulating, managing, and operating transportation facilities and services. Students obtain a working knowledge of the theory, policy, law, research, and practices required to effectively and efficiently supply and operate transportation facilities and services. They also learn to think critically and analytically about the problems and challenges in this field and communicate their analyses clearly and effectively through written and oral presentations.



See Graduate Admission Policies for general information on graduate admission to George Mason University. Specific information on application requirements and deadlines may be found with Schar Admissions.

Completed applications for fall and spring semesters are reviewed on a rolling basis, with late applications considered on a space-available basis. Students may be admitted for nondegree study and apply a limited number of credits toward the master's degree should they choose to apply to the degree program later, in accordance with university policy.


Termination from Program

Students admitted to a Schar program will be terminated from Schar upon receiving one grade of F and are no longer eligible to take courses in Schar. Per university regulation, students are terminated from the university after accumulating grades of F in two courses or 9 credits of unsatisfactory grades in graduate courses. For policies governing all graduate degrees, see Graduate Policies.

Banner Code: PP-MA-TPOL

Degree Requirements

Total credits: 34

TPOL Core Courses

PUBP 715Introduction to Transportation Systems3
PUBP 716Transportation Operations and Logistics3
PUBP 717Analysis for Transportation Managers4
PUBP 718Transportation Planning and Policy3
PUBP 721Transportation Economics3
PUBP 722Practicum in Transportation Policy, Operations, and Logistics3
PUBP 500Theory and Practice in Public Policy3
Three credits of3
Culture, Organization, and Technology
Total Credits25


Electives must be approved by the program director or academic advisor.9
Total Credits9