Infrastructure, Resiliency and Sustainability (IRS)
The current federal infrastructure bill will direct $260 billion into improving America's roads, bridges and ports. These infrastructure improvements are predicted to increase demand for interdisciplinary civil engineers with robust skillsets who play pivotal roles in building and maintaining public resources. The Infrastructure, Resiliency, and Sustainability (IRS) track within the online MSCE program will prepare a new generation of civil engineers to meet the challenges of the future and create durable, sustainable, and effective public infrastructure that will move the nation forward.
The IRS track gives students a strong foundation in issues related to the analysis, design, and construction of civil infrastructure – with a special focus on sustainable materials, natural resilience, and new advancements in infrastructure planning and construction.
Research has shown that engineers with interdisciplinary educational backgrounds perform well in teams and enjoy a broad range of job opportunities. Purdue University – ranked #2 in online civil engineering by U.S. News and World Report 2024 – offers a Master's in Civil Engineering with an IRS track, combining top-tier education with interdisciplinary training. Learn more about this track’s unique curriculum below:
Students are required to complete at least nine credits from one of the following collection of courses and six additional CE graduate level credits (for a total of 15 credits):
Introduction to Advanced Structural Engineering
Advanced Construction Materials and NDT
Digital Twin of Infrastructure
Advanced Steel Specialist
Technical Electives can be chosen from additional available CE, ME or ECE graduate level courses. Nine credits are required:
Six credits of applied math and/or statistics courses can be chosen from this list:
Sample Plan of Study - Infrastructure, Resiliency and Sustainability