Appendix H - Structures

Structural Engineering Graduate Degree Overview

Degree Requirements

Master of Science in Civil Engineering PhD
Non-Thesis:  30 cr. hrs. course work
Thesis:  21 cr. hrs. course work
              9 cr. hrs. research
              Oral thesis defense

Committee:  Major Professor + 2
    faculty members

Plan of study must be submitted before the start of final semester
90 cr. hrs. (min)

Preliminary oral exam
Oral dissertation defense

Committee:  Major Professor + 2 faculty
     members + 1 non-CE faculty member

Plan of study must be submitted before scheduling the Preliminary oral exam

Course Offerings

Fall Semester Spring Semester
CE 57000  Adv. Structural Mechanics
CE 57300  Structural Dynamics
CE 57600  Adv. Reinforced Concrete Design
CE 58400  Foundation Analysis and Design
CE 59100  Adv. Structural Steel Design
CE 67600  Behavior of Reinforced Concrete Members
CE 57100  Earthquake Engineering
CE 57200  Prestressed Concrete Design
CE 57900  Structural Stability
CE 59500  Finite Elements in Elasticity

Offered Occasionally:

• CE 575 Experimental Methods in Structural Engineering
• CE 579 Structural Stability
• CE 592 Plastic Design of Steel Structures
• CE 597 Specialty courses / Individual Studies
• CE 597 Analysis of Plates and Shells
• CE 597 Railroad Bridges
• CE 597 Image-based Sensing
• CE 597 Fire Design of Steel Structures
• CE 671 Behavior of Metal Structures
• CE 676 Behavior of Reinforced Concrete Members
• CE 674 Bridge Engineering
• CE 675 Finite Element Analysis
• CE 697 Seismic Design of Steel Structures

Other Courses to Consider

CE 53000 Properties and Production of Concrete
CE 58000 Advanced Geotechnical Engineering
CE 58300 Slopes and Retaining Structures

AAE 55400 Fatigue of Structures and Materials
AAE 55500 Mechanics of Composite Materials
AAE 55800 Finite Element Methods in Aerospace Structures
AAE 65400 Fracture Mechanics

Master’s Degree Requirements for Structural Engineering

Study Options

Graduate students focusing their studies on subject matter related to structural engineering and engineering mechanics may design their plans of study to fit their individual interests and needs, with the understanding that normally there should be exposure to both analysis and design subject matter.  Both thesis and non-thesis programs are acceptable.

Structural Engineering Seminar

All structural engineering graduate students are required to register for the Structural Engineering Seminar, CE 69100, for each semester they are in residence.  Attendance at all seminars is required of all graduate students unless explicit exception is granted.

Certification/Examination Requirements

Successful completion of all courses on the plan of study with a minimum GPA of 3.00 is required for certification for the master’s degree.  In addition, the following regulations are applicable.

Non-Thesis Students
Certification for receipt of the master’s degree may be by conference of committee unless the student has received two or more C grades for courses listed on the plan of study, in which case satisfactory performance on a suitable examination, oral and/or written, is required. 

Thesis Students
Certification for receipt of the master’s degree is contingent on committee acceptance of a formal oral defense of the thesis.


A Professional Masters Concentration (CE-LEM) is also available in the MSCE program.  You can find more details about the concentration and the required coursework at:


Requirement for Incoming Ph.D. students

Students admitted to the Ph.D. program in Structures shall have an adviser (agreeing to direct their Ph.D. research) by the end of their third semester in the program (summers excluded). If a student loses his/her adviser later, then they shall identify a new adviser (agreeing to direct their Ph.D. research) in no more than six months from the time when they lost their (previous) adviser.

Students not meeting these requirements shall be dropped from the Ph.D. program in Structures.