Transportation Management: Vulnerability, Risk and Security Certificate


The Transportation Management: Vulnerability, Risk and Security (TM:VRS) Certificate is offered through the Bloustein School.  It is recognized by, developed with and presented by a coalition of faculty and staff from the School of Engineering, the School of Arts and Sciences and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS).

The fifteen-credit program is designed to provide students with a risk analysis approach to transportation policy.  Participants in this program will develop expertise through the multi-disciplinary approach, providing them with skills that will apply to future work sites and enrich their research in the field of transportation planning and management.  The approach followed by this program offers students a background in the disciplines of engineering, health, sociology, geography, environmental planning and risk management.  The research and training associated with the certificate will enable certified students to apply their classroom experience in a comprehensive approach to reducing risk exposures and developing efficient interdisciplinary networks in response to complex problems related to system vulnerabilities.

Program Requirements

The certificate has two required courses, the initial course in Public Transit Planning and Management, typically offered in the fall semester, and Hazard Mitigation Planning, typically offered in the spring semester. The remaining three electives can be satisfied from a series of courses from the Bloustein School, the Engineering School, RBHS, or from the College of Arts and Sciences programs in Geography and Sociology.

Required Courses

The two required courses are the first and final courses in the certificate.

  • 970:558 Public Transit Planning and Management: Introduces overall issues of management for all transit sectors and the role of planning in creating effective long-term transportation operations.
  • 970:652 SEMINAR: Hazard Mitigation Planning: Involves defining a study area, risks associated with the area, prioritizing these risks, and taking action to reduce them. This course focuses on hazard mitigation planning (HMP) in the early 21st century and its intersection with planning practices that began with zoning in Germany and now involve advanced simulation tools and multi-dimensional mapping. HMP places a great deal of burden on elected officials and their staff to create plans and make investments that have benefit for their jurisdictions and avoid placing an unreasonable burden on some populations. Many of our graduates now work on HMPs and related subjects of prevention, mitigation, resilience and sustainability.


Students can choose from the following to meet the electives requirement (minimum of three):

  • 970:552 Transportation and Environment (fall, alt year)
  • 970:553 Methods of Transportation Planning (spring)
  • 970:618 Environmental Planning and Management
  • 180: 529 Security and Safety in Maritime Transportation and Port Operations
  • 180:530 Maritime Transportation
  • 180:551 Rail Transportation System
  • 180:552 Engineering Risk Analysis in Multimodal Transportation Systems
  • AMS 302 Disasters, Culture and Society
  • 378:501 or 450:03 Human Dimensions of Environmental Change
  • 01:450:311 Natural Hazards
  • 920: 524 Sociology of Organizations
  • HEBS 0678J (School of Public Health) Risk Communication
  • ENOH 0696, 0697 Public Health Preparedness 1 and 2

Program Application

All applications must submit the application form (PDF) along with the following three attachments:

  • Letter stating your personal goal and your interest in the program
  • Letter of recommendation from your designated academic sponsor (advisor)
  • Transcript (unofficial transcripts are acceptable)

Please direct questions to:

Coordinator for Graduate Student Services
(848) 932-2727