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2019-2020 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
    
 
  Mar 05, 2021
 
2019-2020 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Civil and Environmental Engineering - Structural Engineering and Mechanics Area, MSCE


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Requirements


The general requirements for the option for the Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering - Structural Engineering and Mechanics Area degree (thesis and professional) are detailed below:

Thesis Option:  24 course credits (eight courses) minimum and thesis (6 credits), with thesis defense

Professional Option:  30 course credits (10 courses) minimum

Students supported as graduate research assistants and all students intending to continue for a PhD degree are required to pursue the thesis option.  The professional option is not available to students supported as graduate research or teaching assistants.

The detailed course requirements for the two degree options are as follows:

 

MS Thesis Degree Requirements

a) 3 credits - CEE 2320 - ADVANCED MECHANICS OF MATERIALS  or CEE 2321 - ELASTICITY, PLASTICITY AND FRACTURE MECHANICS  

b) 3 credits - CEE 2333 - INTRODUCTION TO FINITE ELEMENTS   or Equivalent

c) 3 credits - SEM Graduate Design Elective CEE 2340 - CONCRETE STRUCTURES 2 , CEE 2341 - STEEL STRUCTURES 2 , CEE 2343 - PRESTRESSED CONCRETE , CEE 2346 - REPAIR AND RETROFIT OF STRUCTURES  or CEE 2347 - BRIDGE ENGINEERING  

d) 6 credits - SEM Graduate Technical Elective CEE 2330 - ADVANCED STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS , CEE 2343 - PRESTRESSED CONCRETE , CEE 2347 - BRIDGE ENGINEERING , CEE 2360 - DYNAMICS OF STRUCTURES , CEE 2370 - INTRODUCTION TO NONDESTRUCTIVE EVALUATION AND STRUCTURAL HEALTH MONITORING , CEE 3330 - STRUCTURAL STABILITY , or CEE 3333 - ADVANCED FINITE ELEMENT METHODS 

Note:  CEE 2330 - ADVANCED STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS  may not be taken for graduate credit if the student’s undergraduate program includes an equivalent course.

e) 9 credits - Graduate Technical Electives

Graduate Technical Electives may include any advisor-approved program-related graduate course (i.e., course numbers 2XXX or 3XXX), including guided special investigations (CEE 2996; although no more than six credits of CEE 2996 may count towards the degree program coursework requirements).

f) 6 credits - MS Thesis CEE 2999 - M.S. THESIS  

Thesis Defense

Students pursuing the MS Thesis Option must pass an oral presentation and defense of their completed thesis, administered by the student’s thesis committee.  The committee shall be comprised of 3 or more members (including the student’s graduate advisor).  The chair of the committee and at least one other committee member must be appointed to the University of Pittsburgh Graduate Faculty.

Professional MS Degree Requirements

a) 3 credits - CEE 2320 - ADVANCED MECHANICS OF MATERIALS  or CEE 2321 - ELASTICITY, PLASTICITY AND FRACTURE MECHANICS  

b) 3 credits - CEE 2333 - INTRODUCTION TO FINITE ELEMENTS   or Equivalent

c) 3 credits - SEM Graduate Design Elective CEE 2340 - CONCRETE STRUCTURES 2 , CEE 2341 - STEEL STRUCTURES 2 , CEE 2343 - PRESTRESSED CONCRETE , CEE 2346 - REPAIR AND RETROFIT OF STRUCTURES  or CEE 2347 - BRIDGE ENGINEERING  

d) 6 credits - SEM Graduate Technical Elective CEE 2330 - ADVANCED STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS , CEE 2343 - PRESTRESSED CONCRETE , CEE 2347 - BRIDGE ENGINEERING , CEE 2360 - DYNAMICS OF STRUCTURES , CEE 2370 - INTRODUCTION TO NONDESTRUCTIVE EVALUATION AND STRUCTURAL HEALTH MONITORING , CEE 3330 - STRUCTURAL STABILITY , or CEE 3333 - ADVANCED FINITE ELEMENT METHODS  

Note:  CEE 2330 - ADVANCED STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS  may not be taken for graduate credit if the student’s undergraduate program includes an equivalent course.

e) 15 credits - Graduate Technical Electives

Graduate Technical Electives may include any advisor-approved program-related graduate course (i.e., course numbers 2XXX or 3XXX), including guided special investigations (CEE 2996; although no more than six credits of CEE 2996 may count towards the degree program coursework requirements).

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