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MSCE Program - Structural Engineering Emphasis

The MSCE structural engineering emphasis prepares graduates to work as practicing structural engineers.


The structural engineering curriculum consists of 45 quarter units of coursework, which is equivalent to 30 semester units. This coursework consists of required courses, elective courses, and a master's project or thesis, as described below:

Required Courses (25 Units)

  • CE 501 Advanced Engineering Mathematics (4)
  • CE 517 Advanced Steel Design (4)
  • CE 521 Structural Dynamics (4)
  • CE 522 Advanced Reinforced Concrete Design (4)
  • CE 526 Introduction to Finite Element Analysis (4)
  • CE 528 Earthquake-Resistant Design of Structures (4)
  • CE 690 Research Methods (1)

Elective Courses (12-16 units)

Students who choose to do a master's project will need to complete 16 units of electives, while those who choose to do a master's thesis will need 12 units. Select these electives from the following list:

  • CE 510 Theory of Plates and Shells (4)
  • CE 518 Stability of Structures (4)
  • CE 519 Advanced Masonry Design (4)
  • CE 523 Prestressed Concrete Design (4)
  • CE 534 Advanced Foundation Engineering (4)
  • CE 540 Earth Retaining Structures (4)
  • CE 542 Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering (4)
  • CE 599 Special Topics for Graduate Students (1-4)
  • EGR 520 Elasticity (4)
  • EGR 556 Advanced Mechanics of Materials (4)
  • Up to 8 units of approved coursework outside of structural engineering

Elective courses may include up to 8 units of approved 400-level courses that are relevant to the program of study, so long as these or equivalent courses have not already been used for credit toward an undergraduate degree.

Approved courses include the following:

  • CE 406 Structural Design - Steel (4)
  • CE 421 Structural Design - Reinforced Concrete (4)
  • CE 424 Foundation and Retaining Wall Design (4)
  • CE 433/L Structural Design - Timber/Laboratory (2/1)
  • CE 442 Masonry Design (4)
  • CE 476 Bridge Design (4)
  • CE 488 Computer Methods of Structural Analysis (4)

Master's Project or Thesis

Each student must complete either a master's project CE 695 for a total of 4 units) or a master's thesis (CE 696 for a total of 8 units).

See the University Catalog for more details on each of these courses.

Program of Study

Each graduate student must meet with his or her academic advisor to develop a written course of study that outlines the specific courses the student will take to complete the MSCE degree. The approved program of study must be submitted before completing the first quarter.

The following forms and information will be useful in preparing your program of study:

Academic Advisors

Initial academic advisers are assigned as based on the first letter of the student's last name

  • A-G: Dr. Farran
  • H-R: Dr. Perez
  • S-Z: Dr. Wang

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