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Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Field of Study: Structural Engineering and Mechanics

Student on a construction site

M.S. Students in Structural Engineering must take the following 10 course requirements for a total of 30 semester-hour units (SHUs):

  1. Foundations (choose three courses)
    • CEE-105 Finite Element Analysis (3 SHUs)
    • CEE-106 Structural Dynamics (3 SHUs)
    • CEE-123 Advanced Structural Systems Analysis (3 SHUs)
    • CEE-127 Structural Health Monitoring (3 SHUs)
    • CEE-227 Structural Reliability (3 SHUs)
    • CEE-293 Inelastic Composite Materials (3 SHUs)
  2. Structural Design (choose two courses)
    • CEE-124 Advanced Steel Design (3 SHUs)
    • CEE-125 Advanced Reinforced Concrete Design (3 SHUs)
    • CEE-129 Bridge Design and Rehabilitation (3 SHUs)
    • CEE-146 Foundation Engineering (3 SHUs)
    • CEE-293 Offshore Wind Structures (3 SHUs)
  3. Numerical Tools (choose one course)
    May be replaced by a technical elective with the consent of advisor.
    • ES-101 Numerical Methods (3 SHUs)
    • ME-100 Applied Mathematics for Engineers (3 SHUs)
    • MATH-165 Probability (3 SHUs)
    • MATH-166 Statistics (3 SHUs)
    • CEE-202 Environmental Statistics (3 SHUs)
  4. Professional Practice (choose one course)
    May be replaced by a technical elective with the consent of advisor.
  5. Seminars (One course — 0 SHUs per semester)
    • CEE-292 Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar
  6. Technical Electives: (three courses)
    Should be selected with the consent of academic advisor.

Note 1: A full-time student can complete this option (MS-non-thesis) in one year; however, three semesters are recommended.

Note 2: A full-time student may choose to complete a thesis as part of their degree program, in which case the program may take 1.5 to 2 years to complete, and MS thesis research (6 SHUs) may replace the equivalent number of two courses in Technical Electives.


Brian Brenner: Structural engineering, concrete design, bridge analysis and design, structural analysis/design

Eric Hines: Offshore wind engineering, structural engineering, earthquake engineering, steel design, concrete design, structural systems design

Daniel Kuchma: Offshore wind engineering, design, behavior, and modeling of concrete structures

Babak Moaveni: Structural health monitoring, system and damage identification of civil structures, model inference from measurements, uncertainty quantification and propagation in dynamic systems

Masoud Sanayei: Structural engineering, bridge structural health monitoring, environmentally-induced building floor vibrations, nondestructive testing of full-scale structures