MTSA Curriculum


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Clemson University’s Master of Transportation Safety and Administration (MTSA) is the first graduate program of its kind in the United States with a focus on the management and administration of road safety programs. The degree addresses the need for a road safety workforce capable of deploying evidence-based strategies and best practices supported by ongoing research.


The MTSA courses include four 3-credit core courses and six additional 3-credit courses which are chosen to form a thematic cluster of courses. The 30-credit program takes approximately two years to complete. 

Core Courses

MTSA 8000 Introduction to Road Safety This course introduces the complex, interdisciplinary, and multimodal nature of the road safety profession. Specific topics include examining road safety from a science-based perspective and strategies to achieve cooperation among the disciplines in the profession.  The course will include a group project pertinent to road safety management.  

CE 8150 Transportation Safety Engineering 

Methodology for conducting transportation collision studies, crash characteristics as related to operator, facility and mode; statistical applications for analyzing crash data; and current trends and problems in transportation safety will be addressed.
MTSA 8300 Road Safety Management This course explores the fundamental organizational leadership strategies and support needs for effective and efficient road safety management. Using complexity theory, students learn how to establish and sustain effective multidisciplinary collaborative relationships, develop opportunities to stimulate change and identify current research to support best practices in road safety management.
MTSA 8420 Road Safety Culture This course explores theories, strategy formation, implementation, and evaluation for road safety programs using a culture-based approach. Students will learn how to treat the origin of risk behaviors and apply a complex adaptive systems approach to culture-based interventions in order to support best practices in road safety management.  Students will learn techniques for measuring the road safety culture in their geographic region and strategies for changing the culture to be more supportive of safety.

Thematic Courses - Road Safety

The remaining 6 courses (18 credit hours) needed to complete the MTSA degree are selected from an interdisciplinary mix of courses. The following courses are currently available:

  • Public Policy Process
  • Trends in Public Relations Theory & Research
  • Fundamentals of Vehicle & Driver Safety
  • Human Factors in Traffic Safety
  • Enforcement Strategies
  • Internship in Road Safety Management

Other thematic areas being considered for the future include:

  • Digital Creativity
  • Needs Assessment
  • Strategic Planning and Practice in the Public Sector
  • Judgment and Decision-Making
  • Fundamentals of Transportation Safety Planning
  • Transportation Analytic Methods
  • Introduction to Statistical Methods
  • Ethics and Public Policy
  • State Government Administration
  • Evaluation of Training and Development
  • Applied Research
  • Organization Theory and Public Management