Michigan State University’s Railway Management Certificate Program is the only North American program that covers the breadth and depth of the very complex railway industry ecosystem from both a conceptual and practical business perspective.

The program is aimed at individuals in the rail industry with the potential to become senior managers and leaders in their organizations. Content is applicable to the whole rail industry – freight and passenger railroads, transit authorities, industry & regulatory agencies, suppliers, and shippers. Critical and topical subjects are covered in a classroom setting with interactive discussions. Site visits are included to aid learning. These include railroad facilities, customers, suppliers, associations, and agencies. Group project work applies learning and develops teamwork skills.

The program was developed by MSU Railway Management Program staff, evaluated and improved by a curriculum committee of railroad industry leaders. Subject matter experts for the program include distinguished railroaders, transportation industry leaders and experienced MSU faculty.



Four individual weeks of classroom and site visits link to online support with assigned instructors responsible for mentoring the learning experience. A Certificate in Railway Management will be awarded on completion of the program. Each week starts Monday at 8 a.m. and runs through Friday noon. Hotel accommodations are provided Sunday through Thursday nights.

Module 1 - Railway Business Administration, Strategy and Leadership
MSU Campus, East Lansing, MI

Module 2 - Railway Regulation, Safety and the Rail Industry
Washington, DC & Newark, NJ

Module 3 - Railway Engineering & Technology (for Managers)
Pueblo, CO (Home of TTCI)

Module 4 - Railway Operations
Chicago, IL (Railway "heart" of North America)



The price per participant is $17,500 with a $500 reduction for registration and payment by the early bird cut off date (to be announced). Discounts are available for multiple participants from the same firm. The price includes instructional materials, faculty and staff support, overnight rooms, and daily breakfast and lunch. Transportation to and from the Program, and dinner most nights are not included.

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