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Degree Requirements

Planning Guidelines

The Master of Science Program in Structural Engineering combines a group of required courses, selected from within each area of the program, with a broad range of electives, permitting each student to design a program focusing on aspects of particular interest.

Our goal is to make your time at Stanford as productive as possible. You are encouraged to use electives to build a program that fits your special strengths and interests. If you are planning to continue for the Engineer or PhD degree, your first-year program will include additional courses in related topics supporting your research interest. As you choose electives, feel free to consult the course instructors and check the detailed course descriptions in the Stanford Bulletin.  Click here to download a checklist to help you verify that you meet these requirements.

The Master of Science degree is a 45-unit program devoted primarily to coursework. Students interested in participating in research projects may enroll for up to 6 units in CEE299.

Students have flexibility in selecting courses focusing on the area within the program which is of greatest interest to them. Diversity is encouraged.

In addition to the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department’s offerings, related coursework is also available from other schools and departments such as Earth Sciences, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, and Management Science and Engineering.

Undergraduate Prerequisites

The Structural Engineering and Geomechanics Program is open to applicants with backgrounds in all areas of engineering and science. Certain basic subjects from the traditional areas of civil engineering are considered essential for a student who will receive the master’s degree in civil and environmental engineering, and are prerequisites for required courses in the program. These requirements are usually fulfilled by an ABET-accredited bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, but if you lack any of the courses on the following list, you should anticipate including them in your graduate studies. Taking these courses may extend the amount of time required to complete the graduate degree. These courses must be taken for a letter grade, but prerequisites to these courses may be taken pass/no credit.

  • Mechanics of Materials (CEE101A)
  • Geotechnical Engineering (CEE101C)
  • Structural Analysis (CEE180)
  • Design of Steel Structures (CEE181)
  • Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures (CEE182)
  • Programming Methodology (CS106A or CS106X)

Degree Requirements

This is a complete list of requirements for completing the MS degree in Structural Engineering.

  1. Forty-five total units of coursework relevant  to the profession of structural engineering must be completed.
  2. Five Structural Engineering Core Courses must be completed.
  3. Thirty units of coursework must be taken within the graduate-level Structural Engineering and Geomechanics Program. Acceptable courses for these 30 units consist of any of the Structural Engineering Core Courses, as well as courses from the Breadth Electives Courses.
  4. At least 36 units must be completed within the School of Engineering.
  5. All CEE courses (except for S/NC courses) and at least 36 units must be taken for a letter grade.
  6. No more than 6 units may be taken CR/NC, subject to approval by your advisor.
  7. No more than 10 units of undergraduate coursework may be counted toward the degree.
  8. No more than 6 units of the undergraduate prerequisites listed above may be counted toward the degree.
  9. No more than 6 units of CEE 299, Independent Study, may be counted toward the degree.
  10. CEE 298, the Structural Engineering and Geomechanics Seminar, must be completed
  11. No more than 3 units of seminar courses may be counted toward the degree.
  12. Your study list must be coordinated with and approved by your academic advisor.