Civil Engineering with Concentration in Structural Engineering, MSCivE

This program is designed for students with career goals in structural engineering and structural design. The program includes courses in structural analysis and design, structural mechanics, dynamics of structures, earthquake engineering, wind engineering, and structural health monitoring. The degree requirements include core courses from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, complemented by electives in civil and environmental engineering, as well as electives from other departments such as mechanical and industrial engineering and mathematics.

Degree Requirements With Report With Thesis Course Work Only
Required core courses 8 SH 8 SH 8 SH
Restricted electives 12 SH 12 SH 12 SH
Other electives 8 SH 4 SH 12 SH
Master of Science report/thesis 4 SH 8 SH
Minimum semester hours required 32 SH 32 SH 32 SH

Graduate Certificate Options

Students who are officially accepted into a graduate degree program in the College of Engineering may apply to pursue one of the following graduate engineering certificates in addition to the MS or PhD. Please visit the links below for additional information about each graduate engineering certificate program, related requirements, and how to apply.

Chemical Engineering

Computer Systems Engineering

Energy Systems

Engineering Management

Industrial Engineering

Telecommunication Systems Management

Gordon Institute of Engineering Leadership

Master's Degree in Civil Engineering with a concentration in Structural Engineering with Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership

Students may complete a master's degree in Civil Engineering with a concentration in Structural Engineering in addition to earning a Graduate Certificate 
in Engineering Leadership. Students must apply and be admitted to the Gordon Engineering Leadership Program in order to pursue this option. The program requires fulfillment of the16 semester-hour-curriculum required to earn the Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership, which includes an industry based challenge project with multiple mentors. The integrated 32 semester hour degree and certificate will require 16 hours of advisor-approved Structural Engineering technical courses.

Engineering Leadership

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.

Required Core Courses

CIVE 7330Advanced Structural Analysis4
CIVE 7331Structural Dynamics4


Complete one of the following options:

Course Work Option

Complete 12 semester hours from the Restricted Elective List below.12
Complete 12 semester hours from the Other Elective List below.12

Report Option 

CIVE 8674Master’s Report4
Complete 12 semester hours from the Restricted Elective List below.12
Complete 8 semester hours from the Other Elective List below.8

Thesis Option 

CIVE 7990Thesis8
Complete 12 semester hours from the Restricted Elective List below.12
Complete 4 semester hours from the Other Elective List below.4

Certificate Option

Students completing this option receive a Graduate Certificate in addition to the master’s degree. Students should consult their faculty advisor regarding the certificate options.

Required Course Work
Complete 16 semester hours of graduate certificate course work.16
Restricted Electives
Complete 8 hours from the Restricted Elective List below.8

Course Lists

Restricted Elective List 

CIVE 5522Structural Analysis 24
CIVE 7340Seismic Analysis and Design4
CIVE 7341Structural Reliability4
CIVE 7342System Identification4
CIVE 7350Behavior of Concrete Structures4
CIVE 7351Behavior of Steel Structures4
CIVE 7354Wind Engineering4
CIVE 7355Advanced Bridge Design4

Other Elective List 

Any restricted elective not used to meet the restricted elective requirement can be taken as another elective.
MATH 7241Probability 14
MATH 7342Mathematical Statistics4
MATH 7343Applied Statistics4
MATL 7365Properties and Processing of Electronic Materials4
ME 5240Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing4
ME 5650Advanced Mechanics of Materials4
ME 5655Dynamics and Mechanical Vibration4
ME 5657Finite Element Method4
ME 5659Control Systems Engineering4
ME 6200Mathematical Methods for Mechanical Engineers 14
ME 6201Mathematical Methods for Mechanical Engineers 24
ME 7205Advanced Mathematical Methods for Mechanical Engineers4
ME 7210Elasticity and Plasticity4
ME 7232Theory of Plates and Shells4
ME 7238Advanced Finite Element Method4
ME 7245Fracture Mechanics and Failure Analysis4
ME 7255Continuum Mechanics4

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

32 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required