Structural and Geotechnical Engineering This is a Track

College : Engineering and Computer Science Degree :MS
Department : Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering Option : Thesis, Nonthesis
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The Structural and Geotechnical Engineering track in the Civil Engineering MS program reflects the very broad nature of the field, which encompasses the design, construction, and enhancement of the structural and geotechnical infrastructure of society.


The department offers a Structural and Geotechnical Engineering track in the Civil Engineering MS program to students with appropriate science or engineering baccalaureate backgrounds. Both a thesis option and a nonthesis option are available with each requiring 30 credit hours. The thesis option requires 12 credit hours of required courses, 12 credit hours of elective graduate course work (exclusive of thesis and research), and 6 credit hours of thesis. The nonthesis option requires 12 credit hours of required courses and 18 credit hours of elective graduate course work. The nonthesis option also requires submission of an end-of-program portfolio. The student must develop an individual program of study with a faculty adviser and must have background or articulation course work as described below. At least one-half of the required credits must be taken at the 6000 level.
Total Credit Hours Required:
30 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree

Research studies or projects are required in one or more courses. The research study or project will focus on reviewing and analyzing contemporary research or engineering issues in a student’s particular specialization within the profession in order to help students acquire knowledge and skills pertaining to research-based best practices in that specialization area.

Prerequisites (Articulation)

  • EGN 3310 Engineering Analysis—Statics (3 credit hours)
  • EGN 3321 Engineering Analysis—Dynamics (3 credit hours)
  • EGN 3331 Mechanics of Materials (3 credit hours)
  • CEG 4011C Geotechnical Engineering I (4 credit hours)
  • CES 4100 Structural Analysis (4 credit hours)
  • CES 4605 Steel Structures (3 credit hours) OR CES 4702 Reinforced Concrete Structures (3 credit hours)

Required Courses—12 Credit Hours

Both thesis and nonthesis students must choose two courses from each of the two following groups. Courses with asterisks represent those with specific independent learning experiences and all nonthesis students must choose at least one of the courses with an asterisk.  

Geotechnical Engineering

  • CEG 5700 Geo-Environmental Engineering* (3 credit hours)
  • CEG 6065 Soil Dynamics (3 credit hours)
  • CEG 6115 Foundation Engineering* (3 credit hours)
  • CEG 6317 Advanced Geotechnical Engineering (3 credit hours)
  • CES 6170 Boundary Element Methods in Civil Engineering* (3 credit hours)
  • TTE 5835 Pavement Engineering (3 credit hours)
  • CGN 5506 Advanced Pavement and Civil Engineering Materials (3 credit hours)

Structural Engineering

  • CES 5144 Matrix Methods for Structural Analysis (3 credit hours)
  • CES 5325 Bridge Engineering (3 credit hours)
  • CES 5606 Advanced Steel Structures* (3 credit hours)
  • CES 5706 Advanced Reinforced Concrete* (3 credit hours)
  • CES 5821 Masonry and Timber Design (3 credit hours)
  • CES 6010 Structural Reliability (3 credit hours)
  • CES 6116 Finite Element Structural Analysis (3 credit hours)
  • CES 6209 Dynamics of Structures (3 credit hours)
  • CES 6220 Wind and Earthquake Engineering (3 credit hours)
  • CES 6230 Advanced Structural Mechanics (3 credit hours)
  • CES 6527 Nonlinear Structural Analysis (3 credit hours)
  • CES 6715 Prestressed Concrete Structures* (3 credit hours)
  • CES 6840 Composite Steel Concrete Structures* (3 credit hours)
  • CES 6910 Research in Structural Engineering (3 credit hours)

Elective Courses—12 Credit Hours

All students, both thesis and nonthesis, must complete at least 12 credit hours of approved electives (primarily from the above two groups but also from the list below or other courses as approved by the student's adviser). Please note that Directed Research (XXX 6918) is not permitted in the MS program of study.

Construction Engineering and Management

  • CCE 5205 Decision Support for Infrastructure Projects (3 credit hours)
  • CCE 5006 Infrastructure Systems Management (3 credit hours)
  • CCE 5220 Green Design and Construction (3 credit hours)
  • CCE 5937 Construction Contracts (3 credit hours)
  • CCE 6036 Advanced Construction Planning and Control* (3 credit hours)
  • CCE 6211 Design and Monitoring of Construction Processes (3 credit hours)
  • CCE 6045 Cost Analysis of Sustainable Infrastructure Systems (3 credit hours) 

Thesis Option—6 Credit Hours

  • XXX 6971 Thesis (6 credit hours)

Successful performance in a final defense of the thesis is required. In addition, the College of Engineering and Computer Science requires that all thesis defense announcements be approved by the student's adviser and posted on the college's website and on the university-wide Events Calendar at the College of Graduate Studies website at least two weeks before the defense date.

Nonthesis Option—6 Credit Hours

Nonthesis students must complete 6 additional credit hours of electives from the lists above or other courses as approved by the student's adviser.   Please note that at least one course in the nonthesis program of study must be one of the courses with an asterisk, which denotes that this course provides an independent learning experience for the student.

  • Electives (6 credit hours)

Portfolio Requirement

Students are required to complete a culminating experience. The culminating experience for nonthesis MS students is submission of an end-of-program portfolio. The portfolio requirements are listed on the CECE website.

    Equipment Fee

    Students in the Civil Engineering MS program pay a $16 equipment fee each semester that they are enrolled. Part-time students pay $8 per semester.

    Independent Learning

    A research or design project serves as the independent learning experience for thesis students. Nonthesis students are required to take at least one course with a research project and submit an end-of-program portfolio.

    Application Requirements

    For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

    The College of Engineering and Computer Science strongly encourages prospective applicants to request a free pre-screening ( of their qualifications prior to submitting an online application for graduate admission. However, a pre-screening is not required; rather, it is offered as a courtesy to all prospective applicants before they commit to submitting a complete online application and paying an application processing fee.

    Admissions decisions are made on the basis of a complete online application only, and not on the basis of any pre-screening. Prospective applicants who are encouraged to apply to their intended graduate program based on the information provided for their pre-screening are not assured of admission or financial assistance when they submit a complete online application. Although it is possible, it is not likely, that prospective applicants who are discouraged from formally applying to a graduate program at the pre-screening stage will be admitted if they elect to submit a complete online application anyway.

    In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must provide:

    • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
    • A Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering or another closely related engineering degree.
    • Résumé.
    • Statement of educational, research, and professional career objectives.
    • Three letters of recommendation.
    • Applicants applying to this program who have attended a college/university outside the United States must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation. Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. only.

    Faculty members may choose to conduct face-to-face or telephone interviews before accepting an applicant into their research program. 

    The GRE is not required, however, taking the GRE is highly recommended for students wishing to pursue a thesis. In order to be considered for any fellowships, a GRE score is required.

    The MS degrees in specialized options are designed for students with appropriate baccalaureate backgrounds. Applicants who are applying to the programs without a directly related undergraduate degree should closely check the prerequisites. Additional undergraduate courses may be required.

    Application Deadlines

    Structural and Geotechnical Engineering *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
    Domestic Applicants Jan 15Jul 15Dec 1


    International Applicants Jan 15Jan 15Jul 1


    International Transfer Applicants Jan 15Mar 1Sep 1


    *Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.


    Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.


    Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.