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