MEng in Civil Engineering Curriculum

The Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering is a 30 credit degree distributed as follows:

  • Core Industry Preparation Courses (6 credits)
  • Departmental Requirements (12 credits)
  • Degree Concentration Area Requirements (6 credits)
  • Technical Electives (6 credits)
  • Internship, Applied Research Experience, or Project (0 credits)

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CE Curriculum Notes

  1. At the beginning of their program, each student will be required to propose and gain approval from the Director of Master's Studies (DMS) for a specific curriculum that satisfies the requirements for the MEng degree in Civil Engineering as specified below.
  2. At least fifteen credits must be taken from the Pratt School of Engineering.


Core Industry Preparation Course Requirements (6 credits)

  • MENG 540: Management of High Tech Industries
  • MENG 570: Business Fundamentals for Engineers

Departmental Requirements (12 credits)

All students are required to take four courses from the following list of departmental requirements:

  • CEE 520: Continuum Mechanics
  • CEE 646: Plates and Shells
  • CEE 623: Mechanics of Composite Materials
  • CEE 521: Elasticity
  • ME 541/CE 625: Intermediate Dynamics
  • CEE 647: Buckling of Engineering Structures
  • CEE 530: Introduction to Finite Elements
  • CEE 643: Environmental and Engineering Geophysics
  • CEE 541: Structural Dynamics

Degree Concentration Area (6 credits)

All students must take two courses from one of the following three concentration areas:

Computational Engineering

  • CEE 621: Plasticity
  • CEE 630: Nonlinear Finite Element Analysis
  • CEE 635: Computational Methods for Evolving Discontinuities
  • Math 563: Scientific Computing II
  • Math 661: Numerical Solution of Hyperbolic Partial Differential Equations
  • Math 663: Numerical Solution of Elliptic and Parabolic Partial Differential Equations
  • ME 639: Computational Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer
  • CS 530: Design and Analysis of Algorithms
  • CS 520: Numerical Analysis

Systems Engineering and Optimization

  • CEE 627: Linear Systems
  • CEE 628: Stochastic Systems
  • CEE 648/ME 548: Multivariable Control
  • CEE 645: Experimental Systems
  • ME 546: Intelligent Systems
  • Math 541(216): Applied Stochastic Processes


  • CEE 621: Plasticity
  • CEE 641: Advanced Soil Mechanics
  • CEE 642: Environmental Geomechanics
  • CEE 630: Nonlinear Finite Element Analysis
  • CEE 644: Inverse Problems in Geosciences and Engineering
  • CEE 252: Wave Propagation in Elastic and Poroelastic Media
  • ME 537: Mechanics of Viscous Fluids
  • ME 543: Energy Flow and Wave Propagation in Elastic Solids
  • EOS 540: Introduction to Modeling in the Earth Sciences
  • EOS 543S: Landscape Dynamics
  • EOS 575S: Mineral Resources

Technical Electives (6 credits)

Technical Electives provide flexibility to the program while developing additional depth in a direction of student interest.

A Technical Elective can be any graduate level course, consistent with the plan of study and approved by the DMS. The order of preference in approving technical electives is:

  1. Other courses from departmental requirements or degree concentration areas
  2. Courses in mathematics or statistics, such as:
    • Math 551: Applied Partial Differential Equations and Complex Variables
    • Math 561: Scientific Computing I
    • Stat 611: Introduction to Statistical Methods
  3. Other CEE courses
  4. Other engineering courses

Internship, Project or Equivalent Requirements (0 credits)

  • MENG 550: Internship or Applied Research Project
  • MENG 551: Internship/Project Assessment