M.S. in Structural Engineering

Curriculum Format

The MSST is a flexible program, with courses offered evenings with the option of a two-, three- or five-year program. Classes meet one evening per week during the academic quarter. Students enrolled in MSOE’s bachelor in architectural engineering program may pursue a dual degree.

The MSST program requires completion of 45 graduate credits, with at least 36 of the credits obtained in structural engineering courses. There are two curriculum tracks available – the Capstone Report Track and the Capstone Project Track.

Capstone Report Track:
Involves undertaking a literature research study, writing a formal report and presenting the findings.

Capstone Report Curriculum
AE-610 Applied Finite Elements
AE-616 Structural Stability
AE-732 Steel Design for Buildings (AISI)
AE-612 Structural Dynamics
AE-614 Lateral Loads on Structural Systems
AE-742 Foundation Design
AE-740 Reinforced Concrete Member Design
AE-720 Masonry Design
AE-750 Wood Design
AE-730 AISC Steel Design
AE-760 Modern Structural Systems
AE-746 Reinforced Concrete Structure Design
AE-744 Prestressed Concrete Design
Elective (any graduate-level course)
AE-800 Research and Presentation

Capstone Project Track:
Enables the student to integrate the concepts learned in the classroom into a specific application. The project may focus on design issues, research, or other related topics. At the conclusion, a project presentation will be given to a faculty committee.

Capstone Project Curriculum
AE-610 Applied Finite Elements
AE-616 Structural Stability
AE-750 Wood Design
AE-612 Structural Dynamics
AE-614 Lateral Loads on Structural Systems
AE-742 Foundation Design
AE-740 Reinforced Concrete Member Design
AE-720 Masonry Design
Elective
AE-730 AISC Steel Design
AE-760 Modern Structural Systems
Elective
AE-800 Research and Presentation
AE-890 Structural Engineering Design I
AE-892 Structural Engineering Design II

Outcomes and Objectives

Student Outcomes

The outcomes of the Master of Science in Structural Engineering program are such that, at the time of graduation, each graduate will be able to:

  • perform structural analysis on structural systems and structural components comprised of many types of material subjected to gravity, wind and/or seismic loads.
  • design structural systems made up of many structural components and structural materials; structural members; and connections in accordance with current building codes and specifications.
  • individually complete a structural engineering project addressing the complex requirements of modern structures.

Program Educational Objectives

The Master of Science in Structural Engineering program will produce graduates who:

  • will be able to confidently meet the responsibilities of a professional structural engineer
  • will, if so desired, be employed in the field of structural engineering
  • will, if so desired, be able to become licensed professional engineers
  • will, if so desired, be able to obtain a Ph.D. in structural engineering or civil engineering.

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