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All applications to the MTSA are made online, using the link Each applicant is required to submit the following materials as part of the online application:

  • Transcripts showing a bachelor’s degree from a nationally accredited college or university (initially, informal transcripts or Xerox copies of originals may be utilized).
  • Statement of Purpose       
  • A current CV
  • Three professional references
  • GRE test scores are waived for applicants who can demonstrate two or more years of employment in a transportation safety setting
  • Students from countries where English is not the native language must provide IELTS scores.

The application package, including each of the items above, should be completed as soon as possible prior to the start of the term you wish to enter to allow sufficient time for review and processing.

Tuition and Fees

The tuition is the same price for all applicants, regardless of their location in the world. Current tuition and fees are available at Select the "Go to Online" option from the right column. Then, locate MTSA-Transportation Safety Administration in the pull-down menu.

Applicants are encouraged to explore if their employer (company, agency, or DOT, etc.) offers full or partial tuition reimbursement plans.  

Additionally, below are a few financial aid resources:

Fellowship Opportunities

All applicants are automatically considered for a fellowship award. Awards range from $2,000 to $20,000 for use over a two-year period and are awarded through a competitive process based on the level of proven academic and professional credentials. A completed application for admission to the MTSA program submitted by the established deadline is required—no additional materials need to be provided for full consideration.

Every effort will be made to respond to direct inquiries and questions within one business day.