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Foundations of Mobility | Online Certificate

Learn real-world solutions to complex transportation challenges

Course I: Mobility Behavior and Technology

  • Price: $995
  • Duration: 15 weeks, fully online
  • Start Date: September 1, 2021

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Course II: Mobility Systems Design, Finance, and Regulation

  • Price: $995
  • Duration: 15 weeks, fully online
  • Start Date: September 1, 2021

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Individual Modules

  • Price: $250
  • Duration: 60 days to complete, fully online and asynchronous
  • Start Date: Anytime

Modules are 6-7 hours in length, with additional reading materials. Learners may enroll in each module individually or enroll in one or both 15-week certificate courses, which include live instructor interaction.



Foundations of Mobility
provides the knowledge, skills, and problem-solving techniques required to address today's complex transportation challenges. Learn from expert faculty from six different colleges across the University of Michigan. Understand mobility as an ecosystem. Leave with a distinguished credential from the leaders in mobility research and education. 100% online.

What You Will Learn

By the end of this online two-course program, you will be able to:

  • Define mobility as it relates to multiple disciplines, areas of expertise, and stakeholders
  • Understand mobility as an ecosystem
  • Identify challenges and successes when employing mobility concepts
  • Apply mobility ecosystem concepts and techniques to solve specific mobility challenges

Who Should Enroll

This program is designed for anyone needing to understand and solve today's complex mobility challenges, including: 

  • Engineers 
  • Executives
  • Managers
  • Researchers/educators
  • Urban planners
  • Policy makers
  • State and municipal employees

Connect with Faculty & Industry Professionals

In addition to self-paced learning, you will have the opportunity to interact live with U-M faculty and fellow learners through remote Zoom office hours. These optional sessions enable you to:

  • Ask 1:1 questions
  • Gain additional knowledge from U-M mobility experts
  • Network with like-minded mobility professionals

Why Mobility?

“Transportation systems that move people, goods, and services in societies worldwide pose unprecedented environmental, economic, and social challenges, particularly with the growing urgency to avoid crashes, relieve the congestion of urban centers, to cut back on carbon emissions and pollution, to conserve resources, and to maximize accessibility to growing populations.” 

 University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI)

We face both profound global challenges and a tremendous opportunity to transform mobility in societies worldwide. Foundations of Mobility explores the latest thinking and research on connected transportation systems, autonomous vehicle design, and other transportation technologies in the context of their economic, social, and policy implications.

Projected hiring need for transportation employers by 2030 – 1.2 times the current workforce.

(Empowering the New Mobility Workforce, 2019)

Estimated increase
in the autonomous vehicle
market by 2026.

(Allied Market Research)

Expected growth in annual passenger traffic by 2030.

(Sustainable Mobility for All)

Projected number of electric vehicles on U.S. roads by 2030 – up from 1 million in 2018.

(Edison Electric Institute)

Multidisciplinary Faculty

Learn from a multidisciplinary team of experts from across the University of Michigan, including the College of Engineering, Transportation Research Institute, Law School, School of Public Policy, Business School, College of Architecture and Urban Planning, and Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Peter Adriaens, PhD
Peter Adriaens, PhD
Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
John DeCicco, PhD
John DeCicco, PhD
Research Professor, Energy Institute
Carol Flannagan, PhD
Carol Flannagan, PhD
Research Associate Professor, U-M Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI)
Robert Goodspeed, PhD
Robert Goodspeed, PhD
Assistant Professor, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
Robert Hampshire, PhD
Robert Hampshire, PhD
Associate Professor, Ford School of Public Policy
Research Assistant Professor, U-M Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI)
Monica Jones, PhD
Monica Jones, PhD
Assistant Research Scientist, U-M Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI)
Henry Liu, PhD
Henry Liu, PhD
Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Research Professor, U-M Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI)
Neda Masoud, PhD
Neda Masoud, PhD
Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
James Sayer, PhD
James Sayer, PhD
Director, U-M Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI)
Ian Williams, Esq.
Ian Williams, Esq.
Fellow for the Law and Mobility Program, School of Law

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is Mobility?

For purposes of this course, mobility is being defined as the movement of people, goods, and services.

Are the Zoom office hours required?

No. The Zoom office hours offer a great opportunity to ask questions and connect with coursemates, but are not required. 

How much does each course cost?

Each course costs $995.

What are the start and end dates of the courses?

Course 1 (Mobility Behavior and Technology) begins September 1, 2020 and Course 2 (Mobility Systems Design, Finance, and Regulation) begins January 11, 2021. Each course is 15 weeks.

Are the courses self-paced?

Yes, each course is approximately 125 self-paced hours over 15 weeks.

Is the 15 week course period flexible if I need more time?

You have 1-week after the last date of class to finish course materials.

When does registration close for these courses?

Registration closes one week after the start date; unpaid registrations will be cancelled once the course begins.

Can I sign up for just Course 1 or Course 2? Or do I need to sign up for both courses?

Participants can sign up for the courses independently of each other. 

Can I sign up for both courses at the same time?

You may sign up for one course or both at the same time. There is no specific order to the courses.

Are there any course milestones I should be aware of?

Nothing specific, but it is expected that the student keep pace, give or take a week, with the materials as they are scheduled.

Are there previous cohorts of the Foundations of Mobility certificate or past students I can connect with?

No, as September 1, 2020 is the initial offering of the course. However, we are happy to connect you with the lead faculty member if interested. Contact for more information.

How will this course help me in my current job?

The two courses are intended to provide a broad overview of the many disciplines that are associated with mobility. So while you may have familiarity in one area, you might not be familiar with the wider range of topics and considerations. This program will help you "connect the dots", offering the systems-level knowledge needed to implement successful mobility projects.

Do I need to be an engineer to enroll?

No, you do not need an engineering background. The course was designed assuming only knowledge of high school mathematics. It is intentionally aimed at a broad audience with various backgrounds.

Are there any prerequisites?

No, but a working knowledge of high school math (Algebra) is assumed.

What will I earn by completing this program?

Upon successfully completing both courses, you will earn a non-credit Certificate of Achievement from the University of Michigan. This credential carries value in the employment marketplace and formally recognizes your commitment to acquiring knowledge and skills in the field of mobility. If you choose to take a single course individually, you will earn a digital badge upon successful completion.

Are there any course assessments? If so, what is a passing score for the overall course?

Yes, each course module includes a knowledge assessment. To successfully complete the course, learners must complete each assessment with an overall score of 80% or above.


The University of Michigan exists alone at the forefront of mobility, offering the largest cadre of educational and research initiatives relevant to the field of study. Located in the global epicenter of automotive research and development, U-M is unmatched in its institutional commitment to understanding and addressing modern transportation challenges.

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