Jul 18, 2024  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Civil and Environmental Engineering

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Mike Marsolek, PhD, PE, Chair
Paul Smith, PhD, SE, PE, Graduate Program Director

Web: https://www.seattleu.edu/scieng/cee/programs-of-study/ms-structural/

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, seismic design, advanced steel and concrete design, seismic design, and timber and masonry 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 over two years or more. 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; as well as people attending information sessions) Note: fee waived through fall 2022.
  • Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from an ABET accredited four-year program or its equivalent
  • Satisfactory academic performance in mechanics-related courses (such as statics and mechanics of materials) as well as structural design courses (such as reinforced concrete and steel design); GPA in those relevant courses of 3.0 or above is typical for successful applicants (consistent with the minimum required GPA to maintain acceptable status once enrolled in the program) but lower GPA will be considered on a case-by-case basis
  • Applicants from other related disciplines may be eligible following completion of pre-requisite courses with satisfactory academic performance
  • Two letters of recommendation, at least one should be from a university faculty professor
  • If English is not the applicant’s native language, official English proficiency scores meeting the university’s entrance requirements. See policy #2008-01 in Admissions Policies for details.


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