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Structural Engineering

The online M.S. in Civil Engineering is a 32-credit hour program, completed in 21 months* while working full-time. This program features a Structural Engineering track that can advance your practical design skills and equip you for analytical or experimental research. Building on the common foundation modules, the Structural Engineering track dives deep into properties, fabrication methods, and applications of wood, steel and concrete.

The curriculum teaches key equations and analysis methods for determining the safety and soundness of structures made from these materials, including soil-structure interactions and the fundamentals of earthquake safety engineering.

As a capstone to your program, you will complete an open-ended design project which demonstrates your understanding of the principles taught in the curriculum through practical application to a real-world problem.


*21-month program for students who start in the fall semester; spring starts can finish in 24 months.

Who This Track is For

The Structural Engineering track is for undergraduate-qualified engineers who want to:

  • Pursue structural engineering at an advanced level or as a new specialty;
  • Earn professional development credit that may be applied towards professional licensure in their state, and
  • Connect with a global network of engineering professionals and our industry-experienced faculty.

Presented through a best-in-class online interface, you can finish this degree in as few as 21 months.

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Courses for the Structural Track

Course (credits)Description
Prestressed Concrete Structures (3)Design procedures for pretensioned and post-tensioned concrete structures, with emphasis on the behavior of prestressed concrete. Topics include: methods of analysis, time dependent effects, fabrication and construction procedures, connections, highway bridges, frames, composite construction, continuous structures, and anchorage zone detailing.
Structural Design - Wood (3)Material properties and behavior of wood. Analysis and design of solid and laminated structural members, connections, systems, trusses, and arches. Current developments in structural wood design and research.
Structural Design - Concrete II (3)Advanced reinforced concrete behavior and design including limit design, anchorage design, slender columns, truss models for shear and torsion of beams, two-way and flat slabs, and the art of detailing.
Structural Design - Steel II (3)Advanced structural steel design including steel deck diaphragms, column and beam bracing, composite beam design, rigid frame design, torsional member design, plate girder design, and design of building connections.
Capstone Design Experience (1)An independent capstone design experience that focuses on a real-world, open-ended design problem that applies the skills, knowledge, and techniques learned by the student during their graduate studies.
Soil-Structure Interaction (3)Introduces students to analytical and numerical solutions to soil-structure interaction problems. Includes methods of solution for beams and mats on elastic foundations; analysis and design of axially and laterally loaded piles and pile groups; and sheet piles and retaining walls. Nonlinear behavior of soils and piles will also be covered, and the students will be introduced to industry standard software such as LPILE and GROUP.
Dynamics of Structures (3)Free vibration, forced vibration, and transient response of structures having one, multiple, or infinite number of degrees-of-freedom; structural damping effects; numerical solution techniques; Lagrange’s equation of motion; Rayleigh-Ritz method. General matrix formulation for multiple degrees-of-freedom and modal coordinate transformation. Introduction to earthquake engineering concepts.