Admission: Structural Engineering

The graduate program in structural engineering places a strong emphasis on analyzing and solving structural engineering problems through a combination of experimental, computational, and analytical techniques.

The structural engineering faculty are involved in research areas that include earthquake-resistant design of structures; development of new structural systems; use of high performance materials; durability of materials and structures; structural repair and rehabilitation; fatigue and fracture of metals; bridge, highway, and airfield design; and advances in computational and structural mechanics. The graduate curriculum is flexible and aims to provide students with a program balanced between design, theoretical, and analytical coursework. The graduate courses allow for strong interaction with the faculty, as well as the opportunity to specialize in areas such as finite element analysis, structural design and behavior, and earthquake engineering. The faculty are involved in local, national, and international professional organizations through participation in committee work, conferences, workshops, and continuing education courses. The faculty also engage in academic and research collaboration with colleagues in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering, in other departments throughout the university, and with institutions around the world.

CEGE graduates with a structural emphasis are employed in a wide range of consulting firms, companies, government agencies, and research institutions. Recent MS and MCE graduates have been employed by top consulting firms within the state and nationwide, by departments of transportation around the country, and by a wide range of engineering companies. Recent Ph.D. graduates have obtained faculty positions at many universities around the world, as well as positions with engineering consulting firms nationwide.

Admission to the Graduate Program

Three graduate degree programs are available in structural engineering, including the Master of ScienceMaster of Engineering, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees.

Students may begin their graduate program in either the Fall or Spring semesters, or during the Summer, although beginning in Fall semester is recommended. Prospective students are strongly encouraged to submit their applications by early December for admission the following September. However, applications are accepted until shortly before the semester in which the student wishes to enroll (contact the University of Minnesota Graduate School for firm admissions deadlines). Prospective students are also required by the department to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and to have their scores sent to the University of Minnesota Graduate School at the time of their application. GRE scores are required for several funding opportunities. Further information about admissions is available on this website under “Graduate Studies”.

If you are interested in applying to the graduate program in structural engineering, please contact:

Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering
500 Pillsbury Drive SE
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455

Questions regarding the program in structural engineering may be directed to
Associate Professor Lauren Linderman  
612-626-0331  |

Coursework-Only Degree Option

Prospective graduate students interested in obtaining an advanced degree either within a nine month period or on a longer-term part-time basis are encouraged to consider the coursework-only Master of Civil Engineering degree. In this degree program, students may complete the degree requirements within a nine month program consisting of two semesters with five courses being taken per semester (typically each course is three credits), so as to obtain the requisite 30 course credits. This degree program is also ideal for practitioners interested in pursuing an advanced degree part-time while working full-time, taking one or two courses per semester for a period ranging from two and a half to five years. Further information on this and all other degree programs are available on the Master Degree Programs page.


Undergraduate Courses

  • CE 3401 Linear Structural Analysis
  • CE 3402 Construction Materials
  • CE 4401 Steel and Reinforced Concrete Design

Advanced Undergraduate/Graduate Courses

  • CE 4411 Matrix Structural Analysis
  • CE 4412 Reinforced Concrete Design II
  • CE 4413 Steel Design Design II
  • CE 5411 Advanced Structural Mechanics
  • CE 5412 Prestressed Concrete Design
  • CE 5413 Masonry Structures

Advanced Undergraduate/Graduate Courses in Related Fields

  • CE 4102 Capstone Design
  • CE 4301 Soil Mechanics II (Foundation Design)
  • CE 5232 Advanced Portland Cement Concrete

Graduate Courses

  • CE 8400 Seminar: Structures (1 credit per semester)
  • CE 8401 Fundamentals of Finite Element Method
  • CE 8402 Nonlinear Finite Element Analysis
  • CE 8411 Plate Structures
  • CE 8412 Shell Structures
  • CE 8421 Structural Dynamics
  • CE 8422 Earthquake Engineering
  • CE 8431 Structural Stability
  • CE 8432 Analysis of Thin-Walled Members
  • CE 8441 Plastic Design of Steel Structures
  • CE 8442 Nonlinear Analysis of Structural Systems
  • CE 8443 Fracture and Fatigue of Steel Structures
  • CE 8451 Behavior of Reinforced Concrete Structures
  • CE 8461 Structural Reliability

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