Program Summary

About the Structural Engineering Program

The MS in Structural Engineering program has been developed collaboratively between SU faculty members and our Industry Advisory Board. The Industry Advisory Board is composed of representatives from the top structural engineering firms and public-sector institutions in the Seattle region. With industry help, we've developed a program emphasizing student-centered course design and practical application. Features of this program include:

  • 45 credits to complete
    • 9 Technical Skills courses (4 credits each)
    • 3 Professional Skills courses (3 credits each)
  • Complete your MS in 6 academic quarters
  • Part-time courses suitable for working professionals
  • Do you need Professional Development Hours (PDHs) for PE licensure or renewal? You can register for individual courses instead of the full program

MS in Structural Engineering Brochure


Master of Science in Structural Engineering Learning Outcomes

At the end of graduation, students from our Master of Science in Structural Engineering are expected to be able to:

  • Apply principles of engineering mechanics and use appropriate tools to solve problems in structural engineering.
  • Design and evaluate structural components and systems to meet the desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, constructability, and sustainability.
  • Plan, compose, and integrate verbal, written, and graphical communication to technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Function effectively as a member of an engineering team.
  • Discuss professional responsibility in light of social context of engineering problems.

These 5 learning outcomes follow much of the methodology proposed in ASCE's Body of Knowledge, which outlines student outcomes and achievement levels needed for entry into the civil engineering profession.

We seek to prepare graduates for productive and fulfilling life-long careers in the engineering profession. The program provides a strong foundation in the areas of mathematics, basic and engineering sciences, and the humanities and social sciences while promoting further self-development and life-long intellectual achievement. The program also seeks to build student skills in written and oral communication, and a sense of poise and professionalism.

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