Jul 23, 2024  
CSU Maritime Academy 2023-2024 Catalog 
CSU Maritime Academy 2023-2024 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Transportation and Engineering Management - Engineering Management Concentration, M.S.

The Graduate Program

Master of Science in Transportation and Engineering Management

Cal Maritime is committed to the development of outstanding industry leaders through a graduate degree program that requires students to integrate critical thinking and best practices in a manner that enables them to face real-world challenges with poise, and to contribute to the body of knowledge and practice in their industry.

Cal Maritime’s Office of Graduate Studies, a division of the Department of Sponsored Projects and Extended Learning, offers a Master of Science degree in Transportation and Engineering Management, with areas of specialization in Transportation Management, Engineering Management, and Humanitarian Disaster Management.

The Office of Graduate Studies administers the policies and procedures established by Cal Maritime and the California State University. This catalog section presents these policies and procedures as related to graduate students in Cal Maritime’s graduate degree program.


Cal Maritime is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510-748-9001 www.wascsenior.org.

Program Learning Objectives

Students in this program will meet educational outcomes in three areas.

Project Leadership

Graduates will:

  • Be able to create and lead a project team or multiple project teams, develop project proposals (including budgets and timelines) and manage the entire project life cycle.
  • Have expertise in systems analysis and operations research to support project development and management.
  • Apply decision making, technical, and human resource principles to manage projects in a dynamic business and global economic context.
Global Context

Graduates will:

  • Understand their organization’s role in a global context; including environmental issues, and political, social, and ethical norms.
  • Appreciate the security, economic, and legal dimensions that affect global supply chain management.
Management Components

Graduates will:

  • Have the ability to advance to higher levels of institutional responsibility with an increased understanding of organizational, financial, human resource and information systems management.
  • Recognize and appreciate one’s own ability to lead, direct, and advance the goals and vision of the organization.

Graduate Program Curriculum

Students enroll in one of three areas of specialization. The choices include Transportation, Engineering Management, and Humanitarian Disaster Management. Before taking courses in their area of specialization students will complete 5 courses in a core management curriculum. They will then complete 4 courses in their area of specialization. The final course, the Capstone course, will give students the opportunity to demonstrate their learning through an extensive project. Successful completion of the 10 courses is required to earn the degree.


The Graduate Program is offered in a fully-online asynchronous format using the Moodle platform. It is expected that the online graduate student will fully participate in the various aspects of this distance-learning program, such as reading and working extensively on his or her own and using the Internet to communicate about their learning. Discussion forums, papers, presentations, and exams are used to evaluate student progress. Students will also be required to participate in web conferences, chat forums, and other group activities on the Internet. It is the student’s responsibility to be able to use these tools effectively. The Graduate Program website features tutorials and written instruction on using the features of the Internet course delivery platform used for this program. Students also have access to IT personnel for support and guidance.

Online instruction is available to the student 24/7 during the semesters in which he or she is enrolled. Participation is measured through the completion of assignments, through postings in discussion forums, and as otherwise specified in individual course syllabi.

Cohort Model

The program is laid out in a sequential manner, with each course building on the one before it. Students proceed through the courses as a cohort, and belong to the same group throughout the duration of the program. The cohort model has been proven to be particularly effective for learning in an online environment. For this reason, each cohort begins together in the Fall semester, and completes the five semesters together.

Course Descriptions

Core Courses

Students complete all the core courses except TEM 900 - Capstone  before beginning coursework in their area of specialization.

Areas of Concentration


There are three semesters a year in the graduate degree program: Fall, Spring and Summer. These semesters conform with the undergraduate program’s Fall and Spring semesters as designated on the campus academic calendar and posted online at https://www.csum.edu/web/registrar/calendar. A 12-week Summer semester is scheduled during the months between the Fall and Spring semesters.