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Program at a Glance

College of Engineering and Computer Science
Civil, Environ, & Constr Engr
U.S. News & World Report Best Grad Schools Civil Engineering Badge

The Structural and Geotechnical Engineering track in the Civil Engineering MS program focuses on the engineering, analysis, design, and construction of the built infrastructure. The track emphasizes both: the above-ground engineering (primarily structures), the below-ground engineering (primarily geotechnical), as well as the interaction between the two systems. The program’s course work focuses on structural analysis and design, mechanics and materials, foundations, characterization of soils and geomaterials, and computational modeling in structural and geotechnical engineering. Faculty research interests include geotechnical studies of subsurface conditions, soil characterization and testing, pavement design, retaining structures, structural dynamics, nonlinear structural analysis and software development, reinforced and prestressed concrete design, bridge engineering, and pavements. Students completing the program find positions in consulting firms, design companies, construction, and construction-related industries, in city, county, state, and federal government agencies, and academic institutions.


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 non-thesis 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 the 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

Please Note: Civil Engineering MS, Structural and Geotechnical Engineering Track may be completed fully online, although not all elective options or program prerequisites may be offered online. Newly admitted students choosing to complete this program exclusively via UCF online classes may enroll with a reduction in campus-based fees.

International students (F or J visa) are required to enroll in a full-time course load of 9 credit hours during the fall and spring semesters. Only 3 of the 9 credit hours may be taken in a completely online format. For a detailed listing of enrollment requirements for international students, please visit If you have questions, please consult UCF Global at 407-823-2337.

UCF is not authorized to provide online courses or instruction to students in some states. Refer to State Restrictions for current information.

Application Deadlines

December 1
July 1
July 1
January 15

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