Master of Science in Civil Engineering with Emphasis in Structural Engineering

Program Director: Brett Story Ph.D.


From the Pyramids of Egypt to the International Space Station, structural engineers have supported mankind’s highest aspirations.  Today, as new high-strength materials and design technologies enable exciting new structural possibilities, urgent environmental concerns are also creating a demand for sustainable solutions—a world of challenges awaiting those who choose structural engineering as the focus of their Master’s in Civil Engineering at SMU Lyle.

Because lives are often riding on the results, structural engineering is perhaps the most exacting and unforgiving field of engineering.  For that reason, professional standards of certification and licensing are reaching a level that will be difficult to meet without post-graduation education, through a program that stresses an in-depth understanding of current practices and applications as well as advanced developments.  This is precisely how Lyle’s Master’s in Civil Engineering—emphasizing structural engineering—is designed.  In this 30-hour program, students increase their depth of understanding in solid mechanics, structural dynamics, advanced steel and concrete design, and other core subjects; then they extend the breadth of their knowledge through electives in such topics as geotechnical earthquake engineering, structural stability, and transportation planning.  

Admission Requirements
•    Bachelor of Science in civil engineering, or a closely related engineering discipline.
•    G.P.A. of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
•    Satisfy Lyle School of Engineering GRE score guidelines.

Degree Requirements
Recommended Degree Plan (PDF)

Requirements include the completion of ten graduate level courses (30 TCH), or the completion of eight courses (24 TCH) and a Thesis.

Core Courses (15 TCH).
CEE 7340 Introduction to Solid Mechanics
CEE 7361 Matrix Structural Analysis and Introduction to the Finite Element Methods
CEE 7364 Introduction to Structural Dynamics
CEE 7375 Advanced Concrete Design
CEE 7377 Advanced Steel Design

Example Electives (15 TCH or 9 TCH and Thesis).
CEE 7373 Prestressed Concrete
CEE 7365 Introduction to Construction Management
CEE 7385 Advanced Soil Mechanics
CEE 7386 Foundation Engineering
CEE 7391 Special Projects (Structural Engineering)
CEE 8340 Theory of Elasticity
CEE 8364 Finite Elements in Structural and Continuum Mechanics
CEE 8366 Basic Concepts of Structural Stability
CEE 8368 Theory of Plate Behavior
CEE 7(0,1,2,3,6)96 Thesis

MS | Civil Engineering - Structural Engineering Flyer (pdf)