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 of Science 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 M.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

In addition to meeting the Lyle School of Engineering admission requirements for an M.S. degree, applicants are required to satisfy the following additional requirement: a B.S. in civil engineering or a closely related engineering discipline.

Degree Requirements

In addition to meeting the Lyle School of Engineering degree requirements for an M.S. degree, candidates are required to satisfy these additional requirements:

  • 30 credit hours, with a minimum graduate G.P.A. of 3.000 on a 4.000 scale. Additional articulation courses may be required for students without a civil engineering undergraduate degree.
  • Given the multidisciplinary nature of civil engineering, the core curriculum and elective courses comprising the degree plans for master’s students will vary, depending on the student’s undergraduate background and their desired area of specialization. 

Satisfactory completion of the core curriculum consisting of five courses (15 credit hours):

CEE 7340 Introduction to Solid Mechanics
CEE 7361 Matrix Structural Analysis and Introduction to Finite Element Methods
CEE 7364 Introduction to Structural Dynamics
CEE 7375 Advanced Concrete Design
CEE 7377 Advanced Steel Design

Satisfactory completion of five elective courses (15 credit hours) chosen from structural analysis, structural design, geotechnical engineering, transportation systems management, construction management, environmental engineering, and water resources courses:

CEE 7(0,1,2,3,6)96 Thesis
CEE 7362 Engineering Analysis with Numerical Methods
CEE 7364 Introduction to Structural Dynamics
CEE 7365 Introduction to Construction Management
CEE 7373 Prestressed Concrete
CEE 7385 Advanced Soil Mechanics
CEE 7386 Foundation Engineering
CEE 7391 Special Projects (Topics in Structural Engineering)
CEE 8340 Theory of Elasticity
CEE 8364 Finite Element Methods in Structural and Continuum Mechanics
CEE 8366 Basic Concepts of Structural Stability
CEE 8368 Theory of Plate Behavior

Degree Plan

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