For Prospective Students

How to become an ITS-Davis student

The education programs at the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis (ITS-Davis) are designed to meet the world’s growing needs for highly qualified, thoughtful and dedicated leaders in sustainable transportation. In addition to coursework and research, students interact with researchers and leaders from industry, government, public interest groups, and academia through seminars, internships, and visiting lectures.

Our interdisciplinary approach transcends the boundaries of traditional engineering-based studies to include social and behavioral sciences, ecology, and management.  This means that ITS-Davis students can choose from many pathways to their degree.

  • Transportation Technology and Policy (TTP) Graduate Group: An interdisciplinary graduate degree program, hosted by the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis. Click here  for more information
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE): Transportation engineering program in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Click here for more information
  • Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE): Transportation technology engineering program in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Click here for more information
  • Other affiliated degree programs

Transportation graduate students at UC Davis kick off their enrollment with a six-day field trip/adventure, Mobility Quest, where transportation trends and issues are experienced and examined first hand. The cost of participation is covered by the UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies. To learn more about this September’s MobQuest 2016, click here.

If you have questions or need assistance, our ITS-Davis Graduate Program Coordinator, Annemarie Schaaf, can be reached at, 530-752-0247.

For general program questions and advice, contact Dr. Gil Tal, Professional Researcher, ITS-Davis and TTP recruiting and admissions leader, at