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2015-2016 Graduate Catalog 
2015-2016 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Civil and Environmental Engineering

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Katie Kuder, PhD, PE, Department Chair
Paul Smith, PhD, PE, Graduate Program Director

Web: http://www.seattleu.edu/scieng/cee/

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Seattle University offers a professionally-focused structural engineering graduate degree. This program has been designed in response to the growing demand for entry-level structural engineers to have an advanced level of education in both technical and professional realms. Graduates from this program will hold a strong understanding of holistic building performance through courses in advanced structural analysis, advanced steel and concrete design, seismic design, and performance-based design. Moreover, graduates will be prepared for careers in industry through professional development courses in project management, communication, and professional ethics.

Master of Science in Structural Engineering

This program has been developed collaboratively between faculty members at Seattle University and an industrial advisory board representing the top structural engineering firms in the Seattle region as well as the public sector. This program emphasizes learning through a student centered course design. Courses are taught by faculty who utilize teaching approaches that support student learning such as team-based work. Class sizes are small, allowing all students to have close interaction with faculty resources. The degree can be completed in nine months of full time, intensive study, or over two years or more of part-time study. Courses are taught in the morning to accommodate work schedules for part-time study.

Admission Requirements

Applications for the Master of Science in Structural Engineering program are considered fall, winter, and spring quarters. All application materials should be sent to Graduate Admissions by the stated deadline for that quarter. The following documents are required for consideration:

  • Completed Application for Graduate Admission and non-refundable $55 application fee (fee waived for Seattle University current students and alumni)
  • Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from an ABET accredited four-year program or its equivalent
  • Minimum 3.00 GPA in last 90 quarter/60 semester credits. Applicants with GPA below minimum requirement will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Applicants from other related disciplines may be eligible following completion of pre-requisite courses with a grade of 3.00 or higher (on a 4.00 scale) in each
  • Official Graduate Records Examination (GRE) scores. Requirement waived for Seattle University current students and alumni
  • Two letters of recommendation, at least one should be from a university faculty professor
  • Applicants for whom English is a non-native language must demonstrate English proficiency regardless of English language studies, residence in the United States or an English-speaking country, or immigration status. Graduate applicants with a baccalaureate or higher degree from recognized colleges in the U.S., Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia and who have continued to reside in countries where English is the primary language for at least two years prior to applying to Seattle University will have this requirement waived. English proficiency may be met with an official TOEFL score of 92 (IBT) or 580(PBT); the IELTS exam with a minimum score of 7.0; PTE score of 62. 

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