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Online Masters of Civil Engineering (MS)

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The median annual salary for civil engineers is $84,770 with the top 10% earning $138,110 (US BLS). Boost your career with an online CE degree from an accredited university.

Design and Create Structures to Help Humankind

Join our growing civil engineering department and work to engineer sustainable solutions to deteriorating infrastructure, traffic congestion, society’s energy needs, pollution, urban redevelopment, community planning, and risks posed by natural hazards such as floods and earthquakes. This distance-learning, research-based MS focuses on structures and maintains the high standards of Michigan Tech graduate education.

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A Focus on Structural Engineering

Our civil engineering accredited MS degree focuses on structural engineering. Apply advanced structural engineering theory, structural analysis, and material dynamics.

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Curriculum

Advanced design courses emphasize both material-specific building limit state behavior, as well as building code interpretation for timber, masonry, precast concrete, RC buildings, and structural steel. 10 courses can be completed in as few as five semesters.

CEE 4201 - Matrix Structural Analysis

Analysis of trusses and frames by the direct stiffness method. Use of a typical commercial computer code is stressed as a tool for complex structures. Introduces three-dimensional structures.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-2-2)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
  • Pre-Requisite(s): CE 3202 or CEE 3202

CEE 4233 - Structural Timber Design

Introduction to the use of wood as a structural engineering material. Includes design of beams, columns, nailed and bolted connection, glulam members, including tapered beams, tapered and curved beam, and design of wood shear walls and diaphragms.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • Pre-Requisite(s): CE 3202 or CEE 3202

CEE 4244 - Loads for Civil Structures

The course focuses on the theory and building code requirements for civil structural loadings that are used in design. The loads and load combinations will include dead loads, occupancy live loads, snow loads, wind loads, and seismic loads.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • Pre-Requisite(s): CE 3202 or CEE 3202

CEE 5201 - Advanced Structural Analysis

The study of nonlinear structural analysis techniques, especially energy methods, applied to elastic buckling analysis, large deflections of beams, second-order effects in frames, plastic analysis of steel structures, and yield analysis of concrete beams and slabs.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2016-2017 academic year
  • Pre-Requisite(s): CE 4201 or CEE 4201

CEE 5202 - Finite Element Analysis

Introduction to the use of finite element methods in structural analysis. Covers the finite element formulation, 1- and 2-D elements, including isoparametric elements, axisymmetric analysis, plate and shell elements, dynamics, buckling, and nonlinear analysis.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • Pre-Requisite(s): CE 4201 or CEE 4201

CEE 5212 - Prestressed Concrete Design

Theory of prestressed and post-tensioned members. Covers analysis and design of prestressed concrete beams, slabs, box girders, and bridge girders by elastic and ultimate strength methods. Precast and cast-in-place system construction techniques will be included.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Pre-Requisite(s): CE 4213 or CEE 4213

CEE 5213 - Concrete and Masonry Building Systems

Design of reinforced concrete two-way slabs and reinforced masonry systems for buildings. Includes design of bearing walls, shear walls, lintels, pilasters, slender columns, torsional beams and connections. A design project may be included during the semester.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Pre-Requisite(s): CE 4213 or CEE 4213

CEE 5223 - Steel Design II

Additional topics in steel design including beam-columns, floor vibrations, diaphragms, buckling behavior of thin elements, torsional buckling, and beam and column bracing. Includes an introduction to cold-formed steel design.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • Pre-Requisite(s): CE 4223 or CEE 4223

CEE 5241 - Structural Dynamics

Free and forced vibration of undamped and damped single degree of freedom systems. Multiple degree-of-freedom systems, including shear buildings and frames. Basic seismic design.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Pre-Requisite(s): CE 4201 or CEE 4201(C)

CEE 5242 - Advanced Structural Dynamics

Earthquake engineering and advanced dynamic analysis. Includes time history response of multiple degree-of-freedom systems, seismicity, equivalent static force method, modal analysis, base isolation, soil-structure interaction, and an introduction to random vibrations.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • Pre-Requisite(s): CE 5241 or CEE 5241

Advance Your CE Career

Enhance your civil engineering career by opening new job opportunities with an advanced degree. Commit to growing your knowledge areas and to becoming an expert. Employers recognize advanced training—a master's degree may qualify you for leadership opportunities, project management responsibilities, or the chance to work on more complicated or sophisticated projects. Stand out by graduating from the #2 public university where grads make six figures (Money Magazine).


  • 30
    total credit hours to complete program
  • $3M+
    our annual expenditures for CE research
  • $0
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"What is special about the online MSCE at Michigan Tech is that it is being taught by faculty that are not only dedicated to advancing the state-of-the-art of this profession through research and education, but by faculty that have been in industry and understand the balance between academia and practical application."

Daniel M. Dowden, Ph.D., S.E. Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Daniel M. Dowden, Ph.D., S.E.
Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering