Analyze, design, and monitor the health of structural members and systems with a 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.


What you Learn

  • Design, construct, and maintain civil engineering infrastructures, such as buildings, bridges, highways, airports, power plants, dams, and underground structures using the latest building codes
  • Apply advanced modeling techniques for the analysis of complex structural systems
  • Understand the behavior of structural members and systems subjected to various loading scenarios, including large inelastic displacements induced by strong ground motions
  • Use traditional engineering principles and economic understanding to determine the most efficient use of resources in the short- and long-term lifetime of structures

Where & How you learn


  • Accelerated
  • Face-to-face


  • Complete a minimum of 27 credits from the approved list of Structural Engineering courses
  • Complete 3 courses from the following:
  • Structural Analysis II
  • Wood Structures
  • Steel Structures II
  • Concrete Structures II
  • Take up to 3 credits of Advance Independent Study
  • Coursework plan must be coordinated and approved by your academic advisor

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All applicants must:

  • Meet the Graduate School minimum requirements
  • Have a bachelor’s degree in engineering from an ABET-accredited civil and environmental engineering program or from a recognized international institution
  • Complete the supplemental application section required by the Civil and Environmental Engineering program
  • Submit a 1,000 word or fewer statement of purpose; include 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
  • Submit three Letters of Recommendation
  • Non-native English speakers must have a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of 580 (written) or 92 (Internet version)
  • Application Deadline: December 15th

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