Structural Engineering

Master of Science in Civil & Environmental Engineering

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Analyze, design, and monitor the health of structural members and systems with the Structural Engineering master’s program from UW–Madison.


Is this program right for you?

State-of-the-art expertise informs the University of Wisconsin’s Civil & Environmental: Structural Engineering master’s degree.

In just one year, you build a thorough understanding of the basic principles of structural engineering and gain exposure to the latest techniques and trends in civil engineering and architecture.

You have the flexibility to choose courses that focus on structural analysis and design, as well as on geotechnical engineering and construction engineering management. You may also add related coursework from other departments, such as Engineering Mechanics, to craft precisely the expertise you seek.

UW–Madison’s unique combination of classroom understanding with real-world application allows you to fully master developments in the structural engineering industry and gain the practical knowledge to excel in the industry of civil and structural design.

Is this program right for you?

State-of-the-art expertise informs the University of Wisconsin’s Civil & Environmental: Structural Engineering master’s degree.

In just one year, you build a thorough understanding of the basic principles of structural engineering and gain exposure to the latest techniques and trends in civil engineering and architecture.

You have the flexibility to choose courses that focus on structural analysis and design, as well as on geotechnical engineering and construction engineering management. You may also add related coursework from other departments, such as Engineering Mechanics, to craft precisely the expertise you seek.

UW–Madison’s unique combination of classroom understanding with real-world application allows you to fully master developments in the structural engineering industry and gain the practical knowledge to excel in the industry of civil and structural design.

Admissions Requirements

All applicants must:

  • Meet the Graduate School minimum requirements.
  • Have a bachelor’s degree in engineering from an ABET-accredited civil & environmental engineering program or from a recognized international institution.
  • Non-native English speakers must have a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of 580 (paper) or 92 (internet). For score reporting, use UW–Madison institution code 1846.

To apply:

  • Online application.
  • Supplemental application section required by the Civil & Environmental Engineering program.
  • Statement of purpose including your technical areas of interest, coursework emphasis, research experience, professional goals, faculty members you are interested in working with, and any other items relevant to your qualifications for graduate school.
  • Three letters of recommendation.

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Program Highlights

  • The Structural Engineering master’s degree is accelerated, so you graduate in just 1 year.
  • With more than $12.8 million in annual research expenditures, nearly 100 patents, and 13 startups, our faculty and students are at the forefront of scientific discovery and real-world translation.
  • Our flexible curriculum allows you to customize your degree program to fit your personal objectives.

University of Wisconsin–Madison ranked Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs (#11) and Best Engineering Grad Schools (#22) by U.S. News & World Report.

How You'll Learn

  • Twelve months of full-time study on campus to earn your degree.
  • Complete a minimum of 27 credits from the approved list of Structural Engineering courses.
  • Complete three courses from the following:
    • Structural Analysis II
    • Wood Structures
    • Steel Structures II
    • Concrete Structures II
  • Take up to three credits of Advanced Independent Study.
  • Coursework plan must be coordinated and approved by your academic advisor.

Sample Curriculum

Fall Semester

  • Structural Analysis II
  • Wood Structures
  • Concrete Structures
  • Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering
  • Advanced Mechanics of Materials
  • Introduction to Finite Elements

Spring Semester

  • Foundations
  • Steel Structures
  • Prestressed Concrete
  • Composite and Hybrid Structures
  • Concrete III
  • Practicum in Finite Elements

Summer Semester

  • Construction Project Management
  • Independent Study

Job Outlook

Top Job Titles
  • Structural Engineer
  • Senior Structural Engineer
  • Structural Design Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Structural Engineering Project Manager
Top Industries
  • Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
  • Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
  • Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing

Market Salary
$83K in 2018

Projected Job Growth
10.6% for Civil Engineers (2016-2026)

Job Postings
2,843 in 2018

Top Locations
  • California
  • New York
  • Texas
  • Florida
  • Colorado
Top Employers
  • Jacobs Engineering Group Inc
  • Intel Corporation
  • The Boeing Company
  • HDR Incorporated
  • Parsons Brinckerhoff
  • WSP

Source: Burning Glass Technologies: Labor Insight. 2019.
Burning Glass Technologies’ Market Salary is an estimated expected salary. Market Salary uses machine learning algorithms to account for experience, skill, and education among other factors that may impact individual salaries.

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