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Civil Engineering Program Details

Learn more about the KU School of Engineering project management degrees and certificates by visiting this page.

Program details for KU project management graduate degrees and certificate

The University of Kansas offers a Master of Civil Engineering, a Graduate Certificate in Structural Analysis, Graduate Certificate in Structural Design and a Graduate Certificate in Structural Forensics. All courses are taught at the KU Edwards Campus, live-streamed and recorded for online delivery. 

The immediately following information applies to all four credentials.
 

Tuition and fees: https://edwardscampus.ku.edu/edwards-campus-tuition-fees

To apply: https://ceae.ku.edu/graduate-admission

Applications deadlines: M.C.E. and Certificate deadlines (Fall: July 31, Spring: Dec. 30), 

Comprehensive KU course catalog: https://catalog.ku.edu/

KU grading and grades: https://registrar.ku.edu/grades

KU Civil and Architectural Engineering: https://ceae.ku.edu

KU calendar: http://registrar.ku.edu/calendar/

KU refund policies: https://registrar.ku.edu/fee-petition

 

Master of Civil Engineering | Graduate Certificate in Structural Analysis | Graduate Certificate in Structural Design | Graduate Certificate in Structural Forensics

 

Master of Civil Engineering

Admissions requirements: 

Applicants to the Edwards Campus M.C.E. program must have an undergraduate degree in civil engineering or a related engineering discipline. GRE is not required for graduates of U.S. colleges, neither are essays or reference letters. 
 

Steps to apply

1.    Email William Kirkham, program director, or call 913-897-8514 to review admission requirements and academic goals.

2.    Complete KU’s online application. Application fees for domestic degree-seeking students are $65.

3.    Upload your resume.

4.    Request your transcript(s). Before you can be admitted, KU must receive an official transcript from each university or college you have attended. The official transcript must be sent directly from the university or college to the KU Graduate Application Processing Center:

Graduate Application Processing Center
313 Strong Hall
1450 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence, KS 66045

When you submit the online application, you may upload unofficial transcripts yourself to expedite the review of your application. However, KU must receive official transcripts before your admission can be completed.


International students

Applicants who are non-native English speakers must meet KU’s English proficiency requirements.

The TOEFL or IELTS exam is required and scores must meet the following requirements:

·  TOEFL – Reading, listening and writing part scores all 20 or higher

·  IELTS – Overall score 6.0 or higher, with reading, listening and writing part scores all 5.5 or higher

Learn more about international admission requirements from the Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering.

KU International Student Services provides helpful information and assistance to international applicants.

 

Application Deadlines:  

Fall: July 31        

Spring: December 30

Summer: May 15

Steps to apply

 

Curriculum and requirements: 

 

Course

Credit Hr

KU Code

Dynamics and Vibrations

CE 704 - Dynamics and Vibrations (3 credits)

Problems in engineering dynamics and vibrations. Topics include applications of generalized forces and coordinates, Lagrange equations, and a study of the performance of single and multiple degree of freedom vibrational systems. (Same as AE 704.)

3

CE 704

Structural Mechanics

CE 710 - Structural Mechanics (3 credits)

Basic concepts in the analysis of stress and strain and the behavior of materials. Topics include elementary theory and problems in elasticity, theories of failure of materials including fracture mechanics and introduction to plasticity.

3

CE 710

Matrix Analysis of Framed Structures

CE 761 - Matrix Analysis of Framed Structures (3 credits)

Analysis of 2-D and 3-D frame and truss structures by the direct stiffness method. Computer techniques required to implement the analysis procedure.

3

CE 761

Design of Prestressed Concrete Structures

CE 763 - Design of Prestressed Concrete Structures (3 credits)

The theory and design of prestressed concrete structures based on service load and strength criteria. Prerequisite: CE 563.

3

CE 763

Advanced Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures

CE 764 - Advanced Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures (3 credits)

The theory and design of reinforced concrete members and structures with emphasis on frames and slabs. Introduction to bridge design and earthquake design. Prerequisite: CE 563.

3

CE 764

Advanced Steel Design - Building Structures

CE 765 - Advanced Steel Design - Building Structures (3 credits)

The theory and design of standard steel framed structures (primarily buildings). Design philosophies, stability, composite design, structural behavior, preliminary design, and connections. Prerequisite: CE 562 or equivalent.

3

CE 765

Advanced Steel Design - Bridge Structures

CE 766 - Advanced Steel Design - Bridge Structures (3 credits)

Introduction to simple plastic design principles. Analysis and design of steel bridges including composite and noncomposite plate girders, curved girders, box girders, and other specialized bridge types. Fatigue and connection design considered. Prerequisite: CE 562 or equivalent.

3

CE 766

Design of Timber Structures

CE 768 - Design of Timber Structures (3 credits)

Provide an introduction to behavior, analysis and design of timber components and systems. Prerequisite: CE 461 or equivalent.

3

CE 768

Design of Masonry Structures

CE 769 - Design of Masonry Structures (3 credits)

An introduction to behavior, analysis and design of timber components and systems. Prerequisite: CE 461.

3

CE 769

Finite Element Methods for Solid Mechanics

CE 861 - Finite Element Methods for Solid Mechanics (3 credits)

Stress analysis of 2-D and 3-D solids, plates, and shells by the finite element method. Element formulations and behavior with emphasis on the isoparametric concept. Computer modeling and interpretation of results. Introduction to material and geometric nonlinear analysis of solids. Prerequisite: CE 761 or equivalent.

3

CE 861

Seismic Performance of Structures

3

CE 864

Special Topics*

3

CE 895

 

Graduate Certificate in Structural Analysis

This certificate program focuses on analytical evaluation of structural systems and components, broadening and deepening their knowledge with the most up-to-date theory and techniques used in practice. The curriculum provides practicing engineers with knowledge and experience that gives them a valuable competitive edge, and existing civil engineering graduate students with an area of focus. 


Admission Requirements: 

1. A bachelor’s degree in engineering with a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher is required for admission.
2. Applicants must complete the online application and submit an undergraduate transcript.
3. Applicants who are non-native English speakers must meet KU’s English proficiency requirements.

Application deadlines for this program are flexible. Apply before the start date of the semester in which you would like to enroll.


Certificate Requirements: 

The Structural Analysis certificate is 12 credits. Four courses are required to complete the certificate, two of which are mandatory. The following courses count towards the Structural Analysis Graduate Certificate:


Mandatory Courses:

CE 761

Matrix Analysis of Framed Structures

3

CE 861

Finite Element Methods for Solid Mechanics

3


Electives:

CE 704

Dynamics and Vibrations

3

CE 710

Structural Mechanics

3

CE 800

Theory of Elasticity

3

CE 801

Energy Methods

3

CE 810

Theory of Elastic Stability

3

CE 864

Seismic Performance of Structures

3

CE 869

Plates and Shells

3

 

 

Graduate Certificate in Structural Design

This certificate program allows students to focus on the design of structural components and systems. The curriculum is designed to provide practitioners with the opportunity to enhance their structural design skills without committing to a Master’s degree program. It also provides a specific area of concentration for current civil engineering graduate students.


Admission Requirements: 

1. A bachelor’s degree in engineering with a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher is required for admission.
2. Applicants must complete the online application and submit an undergraduate transcript.
3. Applicants who are non-native English speakers must meet KU’s English proficiency requirements.

Application deadlines for this program are flexible. Apply before the start date of the semester in which you would like to enroll.


Certificate Requirements: 

The Structural Design certificate is 12 credits. Four courses are required to complete the certificate, two of which are mandatory. The following courses count toward the Structural Design Graduate Certificate:


Mandatory Courses:

CE 764

Advanced Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures

3

CE 765

Advanced Steel Design- Building Structures

3


Electives:

CE 763

Design of Prestressed Concrete Structures

3

CE 766

Advanced Steel Design- Bridge Structures

3

CE 768

Design of Timber Structures

3

CE 769

Design of Masonry Structures

3

CE 865

Structural Design for Dynamic Loads

3

CE 895

Special Topics

3

 

Graduate Certificate in Structural Forensics

The Graduate Certificate in Structural Forensics prepares you to identify, mitigate and prevent common shortcomings and degradation threatening structures’ integrity and serviceability. 


Admission Requirements: 

1. A bachelor’s degree in engineering with a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher is required for admission.
2. Applicants must complete the online application and submit an undergraduate transcript.
3. Applicants who are non-native English speakers must meet KU’s English proficiency requirements.

Application deadlines for this program are flexible. Apply before the start date of the semester in which you would like to enroll.


Certificate requirements:
This 12-credit-hour program focuses on materials analysis with optional courses covering experimental analysis and structural health monitoring.


Choose four of this five courses:

CE 712

Structural Engineering Materials

3

CE 715

Corrosion Engineering

3

CE 721

Experimental Stress Analysis*

3

CE 767

Introduction to Fracture Mechanics

3

CE 895

Experimental Structural Dynamics

3

 

*CE 721 is offered on a rotating basis. In any one-year period a minimum of four courses are offered to satisfy the requirements of the certificate.


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