MSCE Structural Engineering

About

The Master of Science in Civil Engineering (MSCE) Structural Engineering deals with analytical and experimental studies of the behavior of structures (e.g., buildings, bridges, and dams) under service loads (e.g., traffic) and environmental loads (e.g., wind and earthquake).

Prerequisites:
  • A Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, Applied Mechanics, Mechanical Engineering, Mathematics, or Physics.
  • Students with a degree in Mathematics or Physics may be required to take additional engineering courses covering the basics of strength of materials, structural analysis and design.

Program Requirements

For Students Starting Fall 2019 or later

A minimum of 28 units of coursework beyond the Bachelor degree.

  • Complete Required Courses
  • The rest of units are selected from pre-approved electives, after consultation with the faculty advisor.
  • At least 2/3 of the units applied to the degree must be at the 500-level or above. Learn more.

For detailed course information, please see the Course Catalogue. For a course schedule, please see the Schedule of Classes.

For Students Who Started Prior to Fall 2019

A minimum of 27 units of coursework beyond the Bachelor degree.

  • 15 units of required courses
  • 12 units of elective courses selected after consultation with an academic adviser
  • At least 2/3 of the units applied to the degree must be at the 500-level or above. Learn more.

For detailed course information, please see the Course Catalogue. For a course schedule, please see the Schedule of Classes.

Required Courses

  • CE 507: Mechanics of Solids
  • CE 529a: Finite Element Analysis
  • CE 526:Engineering Mathematical Methods
  • CE 541a: Dynamics of Structures

Choose One of the following courses in structural design:

    • CE 537: Advanced Reinforced Concrete or 
    • CE 539: Advanced Steel Structures

Electives

Reminder: at least 2/3 of the units applied to the degree must be at the 500-level or above. Learn more.

Beyond the required courses (above) the rest of your course work should be selected from the per-approved electives  to reach the minimum of 28 units to complete this degree.

Structural Mechanics and Structural Design

CE 456: Design of Steel Structures
CE 457: Reinforced Concrete Design
CE 458: Theory of Structures II
CE 478: Timber and Masonry Design
CE 528: Seismic Analysis and Design of Reinforced Concrete Bridges
CE 529b: Finite Element Analysis
CE 530: Nonlinear Mechanics
CE 536: Structural Design for Dynamic Loads
CE 538: Prestressed Concrete
CE 540: Limit Analysis of Structures
CE 542: Theory of Plates
CE 544: Theory of Shell Structures

Solid Mechanics

CE 507: Mechanics of Solids I
CE 508: Mechanics of Solids II
CE 509: Mechanics of Solids III
CE 542: Theory of Plates
CE 543: Stability of Structures
CE 544: Theory of Shell Structures
CE 546: Structural Mechanics of Composite Materials

Dynamics and Vibrations

CE 459: Introduction to Structural Dynamics
CE 541b: Dynamics of Structures
AME 522: Nonlinear Dynamical Systems, Vibrations, and Chaos

Geotechnical Engineering

CE 467L: Geotechnical Engineering
CE 482: Foundation design
CE 531: Soil Mechanics
CE 532: Principles of Foundation Engineering
CE 533: Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering
CE 534: Design of Earth Structures

Mathematics

CE 525: Engineering Mathematical Analysis
AME 575: Advanced Engineering Analysis
AME 576: Advanced Engineering Analytical Methods
Math 471: Topics in Linear Algebra
Math 501: Numerical Analysis and Computation

Earthquake Engineering

CE 535: Earthquake Engineering: Strong Motion Studies
CE 536: Structural Design for Dynamic Loads
CE 541ab: Dynamics of Structures
CE 547: Earthquake Engineering: Response to Structures
CE 565: Wave Propagation in Solids

Computer Science

CE 402: Computer Methods in Engineering
CE 409ab: Computer Aided Design
CSCI 455x: Introduction to Programming Systems Design

Subject to the approval of an adviser, additional courses may be taken in Structural Engineering or from related fields such as:

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering