The Department of Transportation Studies has a mission to provide comprehensive transportation education that builds on the latest data, systems and technologies. Currently the Department offers Master of Science Degree in Transportation Planning and Management, and is affiliated with Doctor of Philosophy in Urban Planning and Environmental Policy with a specialization in transportation. The Department also offers a Bachelor of Science Degree in Maritime Transportation Management and Security and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aviation Science and Technology.

Graduate study in Transportation Planning and Management is designed to train students for successful careers in the various field of transportation. Programmatic emphasis is on preparing the students to enter the public and private sectors with considerable training and advanced knowledge concerning planning and policy, logistics and management, systems and technology, and homeland security. Students can structure their degree programs based on their career goals. For those focusing on planning or operations careers, the TSU transportation program has a strong foundation in traffic operations, transportation planning, public transportation and Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). For those pursuing management careers, TSU transportation programs have strong foundations in transportation principles, economics and finance, logistics, homeland security, and transportation policy and management.

The mission of the B.S. Program in Maritime Transportation Management and Security is fourfold:
(1) to produce graduates for a variety of administrative and managerial positions in maritime transportation and port operations,
(2) to produce graduates to function effectively in a number of diverse careers in three critical areas of maritime transportation: logistics, security, and environment,
(3) to provide students with the academic background and preparation for pursuing advanced studies in the field of maritime transportation or affiliated areas,
(4) to provide training programs and individual courses to individuals already in the maritime profession.
In the fulfillment of this mission, students selecting the Maritime Transportation Management and Security program as a major will be prepared for a number of career specialization options including but not limited to: Freight Logistics Specialist, Shipping Manager, Port Manager and Operator, Port Security Officer, Maritime Policy Maker, Maritime Transportation Planner, Environmental Compliance Coordinator/Specialist, and Emergency Response Specialist. To that end, graduates of the Maritime Transportation program will also be academically prepared for graduate studies in the discipline of maritime.

The mission of the Aviation Science and Technology Program is to prepare students with the foundational knowledge required to develop and function as aviation professionals. Specifically, our mission is to prepare our majors with the base knowledge and skills for graduate study and entering the workforce as entry level aviation professionals. The Program offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Science Management with two concentrations: (1) Management and (2) Professional Pilot.

The Aviation Science Management Degree provides a strong foundation for a career as a manager in the aviation infrastructure. The curriculum provides skills in management, communications, and research to prepare students for leadership positions in the field of aviation management. The last two years of matriculation include extensive professional-level Aviation Science Technology and Management courses whereby students shall develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. The degree in Aviation Science Management is accredited by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE).

The Aviation Science Management Degree with the Professional Pilot Concentration leads to accomplishment of an academic degree and a professional pilot license, providing opportunities for employment in the aviation industry for graduates. The degree with flight concentration is designed to prepare students for several career options that include: private pilot, professional pilot, and certified flight instructor. The flight concentration is a Federal Aviation Administration Part 141-approved program.