We need creative thinkers who can wrestle with large problems that often span multiple countries and then use sophisticated data analysis and modeling to bring parties together to implement solutions for these problems.

John P. Wilson, Professor and Founding Director, Spatial Sciences Institute


Complete a 23-unit program core to understand the relationships between transportation, technology, information services and regulatory requirements; and to characterize, analyze and address complex transportation problems at the system level by relying on both theory and applied analytical methods.

Then take 12 units for the GIS Specialization among courses offered by the Spatial Sciences Institute.

For a complete description of the M.S. in Transportation Systems Management degree program, please see the listing in the USC Catalogue.

Please consult with an academic advisor in the Viterbi School of Engineering or in the Spatial Sciences Institute prior to registering for any classes.


  • The unique characteristics and importance of spatial information as they relate to the evolving science, technology, and applications of Geographic Information Systems.

  • Design, implementation, and interrogation of relational, object-oriented and other types of geospatial databases.

  • Examination of the process of geographic abstraction and modeling in relation to the different data models and spatial analysis operations available in current GIS.

Choice of elective (one four-unit course)

  • Introduction to the theoretical foundations, methods, and software systems for spatial econometrics using a variety of use cases.

  • Introduce the spatial data scientific approach to issues and present a holistic generalizable analysis pipeline.

  • Design and implementation of locally served and cloud-based geospatial web applications. Construction of web maps, mashups and Volunteered Geographic Information interfaces.