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Approved Structural Engineering Masters Degree Courses
(2/2010)

In developing your plan of study, you need to consider which courses will enable you to reach your goals as a structural engineer. You may wish to choose courses that assist you in the completion of your thesis or final research paper. The following lists were developed to highlight the variety of courses available ( Course Schedule in Structural Engineering ). Note that not all courses may be offered at all times and that course offerings do not guarantee availability of a spot in that class. It is up to you to review published schedules and consult with your advisor to find out when the courses are offered and how they will fit into your course of study schedule. In addition, it is up to you to assure that you have met the prerequisites for the courses prior to enrollment.

You are required to complete ten courses, 30-31 hours, of advanced study. At least 15 hours must be at the 500 level. At least seven courses must be chosen from the following list. All courses are three semester credit hours unless otherwise noted.

  • CE 435 Pavement Design
  • CE 441 Design of Timber Structures
  • CE 443 Design of Masonry Structures
  • CE 445 Advanced Structural Analysis
  • CE 446 Advanced Concrete Design
  • CE 449 Advanced Steel Structures
  • CE 455 Foundation Engineering
  • CE 541 Bridge Engineering
  • CE 545 Structural Dynamics
  • CE 548 Finite Elements
  • CE 549 Earthquake Engineering
  • CE 596 Sustainable Engineering

Upon advance approval of your graduate committee, CE 591 or CE 599 may be taken in place of one or two of the above courses. You will need to complete a course study proposal prior to enrolling in either of these classes. In addition, up to three special course offerings, generally listed as CE 492 or CE 592, may be taken with the advance approval of your graduate committee. ENG 491 is required for all students unless conditional exemption is granted; see the Writing Proficiency Requirement for further details. ENG 491, if taken, can be counted as part of the 30-31 hours of advanced study. CE 593 is required for the non-thesis option.

Up to three courses, including ENG 491, may be chosen from the following approved courses. Any course not on this list must be approved by your graduate committee prior to enrollment. Without prior approval, the course will not be accepted for the M. S. in civil engineering degree. To obtain approval, write a memo to your advisor justifying the inclusion of the course in your plan of study. Include a description of the course and, if required by your committee, a course syllabus.

  • ENG 491 Technical and business writing
  • ME 470 Stress Analysis and Design
  • ME 544 Theory of Elasticity
  • CE 501 Project Management (not currently being offered)
  • MATH 462 Engineering Numerical Analysis
  • MATH 501 Differential Equations and Fourier Analysis
  • CS 402 C++ Programming
  • CS 404 Scientific Computation
  • ME 530 Advanced Dynamics
  • STAT 480 a, b Mathematical Statistics
  • STAT 484 Reliability Engineering

Courses taken that do not count for your M.S. in Civil Engineering degree will require, prior to enrollment, the signature of the department in which the course is taught.