Earlier this week, I officially announced my intent on applying for a Master’s Degree program at San Jose State University before I officially graduate from Cal State Fullerton late next year.
The program I plan to apply for is sponsored and supported by the Mineta Transportation Institute, named after the former U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta.
Ultimately, if accepted, my goal in the program is to work on getting a Master of Science in Transportation Management (MSTM) degree. A certificate program also exists, which I may also consider in the event that I am not fully prepared to pursue my degree just yet but have the ability to take some classes to get a head start.
Although offered by San Jose State, I would not actually be moving up to San Jose and taking classes there. Instead, the classes are conducted via live video teleconferencing at Caltrans district offices located throughout the state including offices in L.A. and O.C. This means I would remain here in southern California where everything and everyone I hold dear belong.
I am a lifelong user of transit of all forms. It wasn’t until recently I decided that I would take that lifelong knowledge and passion I have for transportation and turn it into a career. If I get accepted to this program, it will undoubtedly help guide me in the right direction when it comes to working in a field that has become more important than ever before in this changing world.
For now, I have only made the decision to apply for the program since it is too early for me to apply. More than likely, I will apply for the program in late 2011 in preparation for the spring 2012 semester.
In the meantime, I’ll just sit back and enjoy the ride through my last year here at CSUF, watching the sun slowly setting on another wonderful chapter in my life…