Graduate Certificate Programs

Contemporary Structural Engineering

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Program Description:

This certificate program is designed to provide formalized education in the area of contemporary structural engineering.

As a student in the program, you have the option of taking courses that provide a more classical approach to the study of structural engineering and engineering mechanics. Courses in this certificate program cover analysis and design of structural systems.


Choose one course from each of the following three groups (analysis, design, and structural system) and the fourth course from any of the three groups.

I. Structural Analysis Courses:

  • CIV ENG 5203: Applied Mechanics in Structural Engineering
  • CIV ENG 5205: Structural Analysis II
  • CIV ENG 5207: Computer Methods of Structural Analysis
  • CIV ENG 5208: Structural Dynamics

II. Structural Design Courses:

  • CIV ENG 5210: Advanced Steel Structures Design
  • CIV ENG 5220: Advanced Concrete Structures Design
  • CIV ENG 5222: Prestressed Concrete Design
  • CIV ENG 5231: Infastructure Strengthening with Composites

III. Structural System Courses:

  • CIV / ARCH ENG 5206: Low-Rise Building Analysis and Design
  • CIV ENG 6213: Advanced Design in Steel and Lightweight Structures
  • AERO / MECH ENG 5234 / ENG MGT 5314: Stability of Engineering Structures
  • ENG MGT 5314: Computer Integrated Manufacturing Systems

Please check the semester wise Schedule of Classes for a current listing of the courses available for distance students.

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CIV ENG 5203: Applied Mechanics in Structural Engineering
A study of the basic relationships involved in the mechanics of structures. Topics include basic elasticity, failure criteria, fundamental theories of bending and buckling of plates and cylindrical shells for practical application in analysis and design of bridge, building floors, and shell roofs. Prerequisite: Civ Eng 3201 with grade of "C" or better. (Co-listed with Arch Eng 5203).

CIV ENG 5205: Structural Analysis II
Classical displacement and force methods applied to structures of advanced design. Analysis of indeterminate structures such as continuous beams, arches, cables, and two and three dimensional frames, and trusses. Analysis of indeterminate structures involving temperature and support settlements effects. Prerequisites: Civ Eng 3201 or Arch Eng 3201. (Co-listed with Arch Eng 5205).

CIV ENG 5207: Computer Methods of Structural Analysis
Force and displacement matrix methods and computer methods applied to structural analysis. Analysis of indeterminate structures such as continuous beams, and two and three dimensional frames and trusses. Analysis of indeterminate structures involving temperature and support settlements effects using computer methods formulation. Prerequisite: Civ Eng 3201 with grade of "C" or better. (Co-listed with Arch Eng 5207).

CIV ENG 5208: Structural Dynamics
This course deals with fundamental concepts and structural responses under dynamic loads. Hand calculations and computer methods are developed. Specific topics include resonance, beating phenomenon, equation of motion, dynamic properties, frequencies and mode shapes, and modal and Ritz analyses. Prerequisites: IDE 2350 or equivalent; Civ/Arch Eng 3201 or equivalent. (Co-listed with Arch Eng 5208).

CIV ENG 5210: Advanced Steel Structures Design
The design of structural steel systems into a final integrated structure. Plate girders, composite systems, stability, connections, rigid frames, single and multistory buildings, and similar type problems of interest to the student. Use of the computer as a tool to aid in the design will be emphasized. Prerequisite: Civ Eng 3210 with a grade of "C" or better. (Co-listed with Arch Eng 5210).

CIV ENG 5220: Advanced Concrete Structures Design
The design of structural concrete systems into a final integrated structure. Two-way slabs, long columns, connections, and discontinuity regions, deflections and cracking of beams and slabs, ACI design criteria, and similar type problems of interest to the student. Use of the computer as a tool to aid in the design will be emphasized. Prerequisite: Civ Eng 3220 with a grade of "C" or better. (Co-listed with Arch Eng 5220).

CIV ENG 5222: Prestressed Concrete Design
Behavior of steel and concrete under sustained load. Analysis and design of pre-tensioned and post-tensioned reinforced concrete members and the combining of such members into an integral structure. Prerequisite: Civ Eng 3220 with a grade of "C" or better. (Co-listed with Arch Eng 5222).

CIV ENG 5206: Low-Rise Building Analysis and Design
Characterization of various design loads, load combinations, general methodology of structural designs against lateral loads, code-oriented design procedures, distribution of lateral loads in structural systems, application of the international building code in design of loadbearing wall systems, building frame system and moment-resisting frame systems. Prerequisite: Preceded and/or accompanied by Civ -Arch Eng 3210 or Civ-Arch Eng 3220. (Co-listed with Arch Eng 5205).

CIV ENG 6213: Advanced Design in Steel and Lightweight Structures 
A critical evaluation of the theories of design and actual behavior of metal components and their connections. The basis of the development of the pertaining codes will be considered. Prerequisite: Preceded or accompanied by Civ Eng 5207.

CIV ENG 6213: Advanced Design in Steel and Lightweight Structures
A critical evaluation of the theories of design and actual behavior of metal components and their connections. The basis of the development of the pertaining codes will be considered. Prerequisite: Preceded or accompanied by Civ Eng 5207.

AERO / MECH ENG 5234: Stability of Engineering Structures
Solution of stability problems with applications to columns, plates and shell structures. Torsional and lateral buckling of columns. Buckling under high temperatures. Effect of imperfections introduced by a technological process on stability. Design issues related to stability requirements. Prerequisites: Civ Eng 2210; Math 3304; and Mech Eng 2350 or Mech Eng 2360 or Aero Eng 2360. (Co-listed with Mech Eng 5234).

ENG MGT 5314: Computer Integrated Manufacturing Systems
Study of the design and use of computer-based integrated manufacturing management systems in the allocation and control of plant, equipment, manpower, and materials. Prerequisite: Eng Mgt 3310.

Complete course descriptions are provided online in the Graduate Course Catalog

*Curriculum is subject to change. Please contact the department for up-to-date information on courses. Other courses approved by the structural engineering faculty may be substituted for any of the above listed courses on a case-by-case basis. The assistant chair for distance education must approve the substitution prior to enrolling in the course.

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This certificate program is open to all individuals who hold a bachelor's, master's or PhD degree and who have a minimum of 12 months of post-BS professional employment experience. Once admitted to the program, you must take four designated courses. In order to receive a graduate certificate, you must have an average cumulative grade of 3.0 or better in the certificate courses.

Students are admitted to the certificate program on a non-matriculated basis; however, if you complete the four-course sequence with a grade of B or better in each of the courses taken, you can enroll in the master's program, if you so choose. The certificate credits you've taken will count toward your master’s degree. If you do not have all of the prerequisite courses necessary to take the course in the certificate program, you can take “bridge” courses at either the graduate or undergraduate level to prepare for the formal certificate courses.

Once admitted to the program, you are given three years to complete the program so long as you maintain a B average in the courses taken.

Students applying for a business project management graduate certificate will need the following:

Complete the Online Application. When you start your application select "Graduate Online/Distance" and then select which certificate you are applying for. Don't forget to list your current employer and company location on the application.

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Gainful Employment Program Disclosure

Effective July 1, 2011, the Department of Education requires that all certificate programs must disclose particular Gainful Employment information to current and prospective students. The information that is provided in the disclosure includes the estimated cost of the certificate program as well as on-time graduation and job placement rates for this particular certificate program. The disclosure information is based on data from the 2014-15 school year for the project management certificate (defined as the period between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2015).

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Graduate certificates were designed as a gateway to a master’s degree. If a student earns a B or better in each certificate course they may continue for the graduate degree (in the corresponding department), without needing to submit GRE/GMAT scores, or letters of recommendation*. A student does not need to continue on for the graduate degree, however most do. Graduate certificates were designed for working professionals who have real life work experience and may not have time to take the GRE/GMAT. Admission requirements for the graduate certificate program are also more relaxed than the graduate degree. This graduate certificate may act as a gateway to the following master’s programs:

Civil Engineering (MS)
Environmental Engineering (MS)

(Applicants must indicate which program they wish to use the certificate as a gateway for when initially applying for the certificate).

*Completion of a graduate certificate program does not automatically guarantee admission into a corresponding graduate degree program. To continue in a master’s degree program, you must apply. Click here for details and check with academic department for program specific details and requirements.

Classes are offered over the internet via live-streaming video. There will be a PowerPoint presentation available on the Internet to enhance the class lecture so that you can view the PowerPoint slides and watch the video simultaneously. Tests and reports are arranged by the course instructor. If you view the video online in real time, a technician can help resolve any communication problems, and when you need to ask a lecture-related question, you can call the instructor. If you view the lecture video offline, you can communicate with the instructor through email.

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