Executive Master of Science in Transportation Management

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The Transportation Institute's executive Master of Science in Transportation Management program is specifically designed to equip students with the relevant leadership skills, hands-on experience, and global network they need to become the transportation industry's next leaders.

This program offers high-potential individuals the opportunity to build a unique leadership skill set. Students learn by working on real-world projects and developing innovative solutions to the problems their businesses are facing right now, delivering immediate value as they learn. A highlight of the program are the six one-week residencies across an 18-month period, plus a visit to a domestic port and a week-long international trip that exposes students to the real-world effects of foreign markets and operations.

Alumni of the program have gone on to advance their companies with clarity, determination, and success as they strive for advancements for everyone — within their organizations and around the world.

Course List

  • Core Management Courses
    • 4400: Excellence in Leadership for Transportation (2 graduate credits)

      • This course will provide an integrated exploration of current topics most important for leadership success within the transportation industry. Current best leadership practices will be reviewed, and common leadership challenges within transportation will be analyzed for successful resolution.

    • 4410: Executive Management Practices in Organizations (1 graduate credit)

      • This course will provide a comprehensive view of best practices for executive management in transportation workplaces. Organizational situations will be assessed from a variety of viewpoints and policies analyzed for optimal execution of strategy.

    • 4420: Leading with Integrity (1 graduate credit) 

      • This course will explore ethical decision making and values-based leadership. Values, ethics and organizational philosophies will be assessed for best application in various corporate settings within the transportation industry.

    • 4430: Applied Micro Economics & Pricing (4 graduate credits)

      • The course will involve fieldwork and U.S. site visits observing and discussing the physical elements underlying the long-term and marginal economics of the firm and its pricing strategies and policies. In addition, the course will discuss basic microeconomic concepts used in the analysis of business services, including the concepts of market size; marginal, average, short-run, and long-run costs; and production levels as they relate to revenue and contribution with a focus on pricing for the firm relative to its fixed and variable costs, market share framework, and competitive issues both within the mode and between modes.

    • 4440: Marketing & Sales Management Strategies (4 graduate credits)

      • This course will examine the foundations of marketing as well as the process of developing, assessing and implementing marketing strategies in the transportation and supply chain industries. The foundations are grounded in an understanding of customers' wants and needs and a commitment to satisfying those needs within the resources of the organization, the long-term benefits of society and the economy, and the highest ethical and moral standards in this global economy. Based on this foundation, students will learn the process of formulating marketing strategies, such as segmentation, targeting, positioning and the four P's of marketing: product, price, place and promotion.

    • 4450: Legal Studies: Contracts & Regulations (2 graduate credits)

      • This course will focus on the fundamentals of creating and implementing effective contracts, whether with customers, suppliers, or labor. The contract discussion will be framed by regulatory and policy realities both in domestic and international contexts, including an understanding of federal and international laws, liability, regulations, policies, programs, and agencies impacting contracts.

    • 4460: Financial & Managerial Accounting (2 graduate credits)

      • This course will cover the basic theory, principles and practice of financial accounting and examine accounting statements including income and cash flow statements and balance sheets. Discussions include managerial use of accounting data useful in making investment and cost decisions, assessing cash flows and the use of the organization resources to produce profit. Additional topics will include reading and understanding the 10-K, basic accounting standards and practices, and assessing the quality of financial information found the accounting reports.

    • 4470: Financial Analysis & Capital Structures (2 graduate credits)

      • Complementing 4460, this course will use ratio analysis to determine relative performance of companies and the industry to enable management to assess operating efficiency, profitability and effective use of capital. Capital structure concepts, fixed and variable cost considerations, the use of operating and financial leverage and the concepts of business and financial risk will be discussed. The course also includes a basic review of the principle of time value of money.

    • 4480: Capital Decision-Making & Capital Markets (2 graduate credits)

      • This course will examine the management decision process for making capital expenditures that enhance the value of the firm, cash flow estimation for capital budgeting purposes, decision models for capital budgeting, weighted average cost of capital, decisions in capital constrained situations, sensitivity analysis, and a review of the capital markets.

    • 4490: Global Trade & Economics (4 graduate credits)

      • This course will examine the World Trade F15 Organization and the regional trade agreements, such as NAFTA, EU, and ASEAN, with regard to their impact on North American transportation, trade, and economy overall including their relationship to account deficits and their N20; and their impact on disputes and how trade disputes are settled. In addition, the course will address the global economy and economics and its drivers, comparing and contrasting North America, China/Asia, the European Union and selected emerging economies to include impacts on global trade, such as trading patterns, outsourcing, and changing production areas.

  • Advanced Transportation & Supply Chain Management Courses
    • 4800: Business Planning Thesis (2 graduate credits)

      • This course will provide an overview of the freight and passenger transportation sectors of the North American economy, focusing on various modes and their financial profiles, including aggregate revenue, income, market share and investment. The course will include a discussion of the vision of a transportation system for the future—one that moves people and goods efficiently, economically, safely and securely, and in an environmentally benign manner on integrated, seamless, ethical transportation processes using the strengths of all modes and minimizing their weaknesses. The course will discuss how such multi-modal systems for freight and intermodal systems for passenger operate in and impact the development and growth of the U.S. and global economies.

    • 4810: Driving Innovation with Technology (4 graduate credits)

      • An applied technology, big data and analytics course that builds leadership and innovation management skills in identifying and implementing new technology in real world applications – creating competitive advantage and predicting and defending against disruptive entrants.

    • 4820: Principles of Supply Chain Management (4 graduate credits)

      • This course will provide an overview of the basic principles of supply chain management, giving students an understanding of supply chain processes from sourcing to finished goods and customers to suppliers, identifying the five core supply chain processes and examining the role that transportation and logistics play in the supply chain. Students will learn the key operating and financial measures of supply chain management that impact the users and providers of services. Additionally, current trends in the technology of supply-chain management, including applicable global trends will be covered.

    • 4830: Advanced Supply Chain Management (4 graduate credits)

      • Building on foundation of Supply Chain Management from TRANS 4820, this course enables the business leader to gain a customer centric system view of supply chain management that is achieved by today's top companies. A more advanced view of the six pillars of supply chain management will be studied as it relates to a stakeholder model of both customers and suppliers. In this course, the goal is to understand how a stakeholder's (customer, supplier, partner, etc.) supply chain operates across three flows (physical, logical/system, and financial) related to a transportation provider. The goal of this course is to provide the student a process and functional understanding of supply chain management in order to achieve success from a process, financial and strategic standpoint. The course will offer particular emphasis on industrial engineering skills related to supply chain operations.

    • 4840: Passenger-Freight Multimodal Transportation Systems (4 graduate credits)

      • The purpose of this course is to explore the multimodal characteristics of transportation systems with emphasis on shared assets and the interactions between freight and passenger flows. Students will learn how passenger transit and vehicular transportation systems are planned and operated, the concept of external benefits, and the potential impacts on freight movements. By the end of the course, students will have a better understanding of how public and private sector transportation management and investment decisions affect one another.

    • 4850: Transportation & Supply Chain Strategies for the 21st century (4 graduate credits)

      • Defining 21st century supplychain expectations from a people, process, and technology standpoint and how companies must respond, innovate and incorporate emerging technology in new supply chain strategies and supplier/provider processes.

    • 4860: Senior Management: Executives & Issues Seminar (4 graduate credits)

      • Through the use of transportation executives in the classroom, this course will explore in-depth some of the key concepts covered during the course of the degree program, to include topics such as applied transportation finance, merger and acquisition issues, shipper transportation metrics/requirements, global freight flows to/from North America, and government/military transportation. In addition, in case studies, students will propose options for real-world challenges using knowledge and data from current events, degree program courses, case material, and guest executive presentations.

    • 4870: Individual Leadership Development Project (4 graduate credits)

      • This course will guide students through the process of developing and executing individualized leadership development projects to enhance specific leadership skills and goals within their current management structure or an assigned organization. Through work over the six quarters of the program, the leadership projects will provide a unique opportunity for each student to hone critical aspects of her/his leadership, which, in turn, benefits the students, their organizations, and the larger transportation, logistics, and supply chain community.

    • 4880: Business Planning Thesis Project (4 graduate credits)

      • This course will guide students through the creation of a comprehensive business development and/or productivity improvement-oriented business plan, with a preferred focus on the transportation industry, to develop a new revenue growth or new service opportunity for their organization or an assigned organization. Through work over the six quarters of the program, this project provides each student with important business planning and development skills to create an implementable business plan, which may provide tangible benefits to their sponsoring organization as well.

    • 4890: Global Transportation & Supply Chain Seminar (2 graduate credits)

      • This international travel seminar will build from learning objectives of the first three courses (4810, 4830, and 4850). Students will create an integrated supply chain strategy developed from principles learned in the first three courses in preparation for the international trip. Students will then relate their designed supply chain to observed operations on the trip and assess practical adjustments needed to make a real-world operation successful. Students will examine the management and operation of transportation and supply chain operations in other countries, and be able to compare and contrast them to US based operations. Students will meet with executives, government leaders and local managers of these systems to learn directly about the challenges of serving the global economy, and will learn how to recognize and navigate international cultural differences in a business setting.

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Schedule

You will attend five, 1-week residency sessions over the course of 18 months at the University of Denver, plus one residency to be held near a domestic port and an international trip. The Transportation Institute schedules each residency to begin at 8:00 a.m. on a Monday and end by 8:00 p.m. on a Friday. Students stay as a group at a local hotel during the residency sessions.

During the final quarter, you will attend a week-long travel seminar to an international location with significant transportation activity. This travel seminar usually takes place in late March or early April, depending on the location. Dates will be decided during the summer residency. New cohorts start every fall. 

Time Commitment

Students in the Transportation Institute executive master’s program will need to commit to six ongoing week-long residency sessions over six consecutive quarters, and a week-long travel seminar. Note that dates are subject to change slightly.


2021
Winter Quarter
 


2021
Spring Quarter
 


2021
Summer Quarter
 


2021
Fall Quarter
 


2022
Winter Quarter
 


2022
Spring Quarter
 


2022
International
Transportation Seminar

 

February
22-26

Residency 

April
12-16

Residency

July
12-16

Off-site

October
4-8

Residency

January
24-28

Residency 

April
11-15

Residency

May 30 -
June 6

Off-site

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FAQs

  • Who attends the master's in Transportation Management program?

    The executive master's degree in Transportation Management program attracts high-potential leaders with multiple years of professional experience. Transportation students come into the executive education program with job titles such as Director of Operations, Equipment Manager, General Manager, Marketing Manager, Supply Chain Analyst, Supply Chain Department Manager, Financial Analyst, Vice President of Corporate Strategy, and Senior Transportation Manager.

  • How long does it take to complete the program?

    The MS in Transportation Management curriculum consists of 20 courses for 60 quarter hours of academic credit. Students complete the program in 18 months.

  • Is the program available online?

    Online coursework is integrated throughout the program. Students are required to attend six one-week on-campus residencies over 18 months, plus an unforgettable week-long international trip and travel to a domestic port.

  • How much does the program cost?

    Total cost of the executive master’s in Transportation Management is $71,868, with six quarterly payments of $11,978 in each of the following months: Winter 2021 | Spring 2021 | Summer 2021 | Fall 2021 | Winter 2022 | Spring 2022

    DTI will arrange local hotel accommodations for students during the U.S. residencies. The cost of the hotel and selected meals during these residencies are included in the program tuition. The program tuition does include tuition and fees, required books and materials, hotel accommodations, and selected meals during each U.S. residency. The program tuition does not include transportation to and from Denver, the U.S. port city and the International Study Seminar location(s), transportation between airports and hotels, costs associated with travel between the hotel and classrooms, meals during the International Study Seminar or any personal trip expenses or incidentals.