Master of Engineering

Note: Any degree requirement stated below is applicable for 2017-2018 catalog year. Refer to for previous catalog year requirements.

The Master of Engineering in integrated Geotechnical, Construction, and Structural Engineering (GeoConStruct) program was designed in collaboration with leading engineers in practice to develop a course of study that recognizes that geotechnical engineering, construction engineering, and structural engineering are practiced together, and should be taught together in an integrated manner.  Its purpose is to educate engineers for practice, for excellence in design and execution now, laying the groundwork for practice demands 25 years from now.  It is a program that balances theory and practice, building on the foundation of an undergraduate degree in civil engineering.

The M.Eng. is practice-focused, and entirely course-based.  Students may also consider the Master of Science program with a concentration in geotechnical or construction or structural engineering.  All courses offered for the M.Eng. program are open to M.S. students.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the M.Eng. program, a candidate must:

  • Satisfy general University and Volgenau School requirements for admission to a graduate program,
  • Have earned a baccalaureate degree in engineering or a related science,
  • Provide two letters of recommendation from individuals knowledgeable about the applicant’s academic or professional work,
  • Provide a professional résumé.

Acceptance to the degree program is based on an assessment of the applicant’s capacity to pursue graduate study successfully; students are assumed to have completed an undergraduate degree in civil engineering.  Consideration is given to the undergraduate record, any previous graduate work, professional work experience, and reference letters. Students with minor admission deficiencies, or with undergraduate degrees in related fields, such as geology or another branch of engineering, may be provisionally admitted subject to completing an articulation program of civil engineering undergraduate courses. Courses required for articulation are not creditable toward the M.Eng. degree.

Application for graduate studies begins by reviewing the graduate admissions requirements. Information on tuition and funding is provided here.

International students are required to submit additional application material, including evidence of finances to support their studies, as well as proficiency in English; these are also outlined starting here.  International students should budget time in their application process to apply subsequently for a visa to study in the United States.

Degree Requirements

All MEng students must develop a faculty-approved plan of study with a minimum of 30 credits of graduate coursework. The coursework presented for the degree must include at least three MEng core courses (9 credits) and approved electives (21 credits). Note that the fourth or fifth core course that is not counted for the core requirement may also be selected as an elective. There is no project or thesis requirement for the MEng degree. Most MEng courses are offered once every three semesters and are scheduled to meet in the late weekday afternoons or evenings.

Core Courses

All M.Eng. students are required to complete at least three of the following five core courses.

  • CEIE 524 – Introduction to Bridge Engineering Credits: 3
  • CEIE 525 – Structural Evaluation and Rehabilitation Credits: 3
  • CEIE 531 – Earth Retaining Structures and Slope Stability Credits: 3
  • CEIE 575 – Design for Constructability Credits: 3
  • CEIE 605 – Risk and Uncertainty in Civil Engineering Credits: 3


21 Credits from the Following:

  • CEIE 512 – Structural Steel Design Credits: 3 *
  • CEIE 513 – Reinforced Concrete Design Credits: 3 *
  • CEIE 526 – Advanced Steel Design Credits: 3
  • CEIE 527 – Pre-stressed Concrete Credits: 3
  • CEIE 532 – Foundation Design Credits: 3 *
  • CEIE 535 – Engineering Geology Credits: 3 *
  • CEIE 571 – Construction Administration Credits: 3 *
  • CEIE 572 – Building Information Modeling Credits: 3 *
  • CEIE 573 – Legal Aspects of the Construction Process Credits: 3
  • CEIE 576 – Construction Cost Estimating Credits: 3
  • CEIE 607 – Public Infrastructure Management and Finance Credits: 3
  • CEIE 611 – Advanced Structural Analysis Credits: 3
  • CEIE 612 – Structural Mechanics Credits: 3
  • CEIE 613 – Structural Dynamics Credits: 3
  • CEIE 619 – Special Topics in Structural Engineering Credits: 0-3
  • CEIE 620 – Intelligent Structural Systems Credits: 3
  • CEIE 623 – Advanced Reinforced Concrete Design Credits: 3
  • CEIE 634 – Groundwater and Geoenvironmental Design Credits: 3
  • CEIE 635 – Advanced Soil Mechanics Credits: 3
  • CEIE 636 – Sources of Geotechnical Data Credits: 3
  • CEIE 638 – Advanced Foundation Design Credits: 3
  • CEIE 639 – Special Topics in Geotechnical Engineering Credits: 1-3
  • CEIE 679 – Special Topics in Construction Management Credits: 0-3
  • GBUS 510 – Engineering Marketing and Financial Analysis Credits: 3
  • Any of the GeoConStruct core courses

(Courses marked with * are cross-listed as undergraduate courses. No more than three electives used for credit towards the M.S. may be cross-listed as undergraduate courses).