Doctoral / PHD Programs in Structural Engineering

3 universities offer graduate PHD program in Structural Engineering

University of California-San Diego logo
Ranked as:  #34 in Best National University
Tuition:  $28,631 per year
Total Cost:  $57,262 * This tuition data is based on IPEDS. For the latest tuition amount, refer to the respective college websites.
State:  California
Acceptance:  36.61%

The Ph.D. program is intended to prepare students for a variety of careers in research, teaching and advanced professional practice in the broad sense of structural engineering, encompassing civil and aerospace structures, earthquake and geotechnical engineering, composites, and engineering mechanics. Depending on the student background and ability, research is initiated as soon as possible.

The department also offers a seminar course each quarter dealing with current research topics in Earthquake Engineering (SE 290).

A Structural Engineering Ph.D. student is required to pass three examinations.

The Department Qualifying Examination (DQE) which should be taken within three to six quarters of full-time graduate study (1st year-2nd year), requires a 3.5 GPA.

The student is responsible for material pertaining to four focus areas. One focus area can be satisfied by course work, provided that all courses in that area have been taken at UCSD, the grade in each course is B or better, and the overall GPA in that area is at least 3.5. It consists of 12 courses (48 units).

(a) two focus areas within Structural Engineering which are closely related to the student research interests (3 courses for each focus area).

(c) one minor focus area outside the Structural Engineering. Minor areas too closely related to the major areas will not be approved by the SE Graduate Affairs Committee (3 courses). The Solid Mechanics Focus Sequence, which is jointly taught by the Structural Engineering and the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, cannot be used to satisfy the outside Structural Engineering requirement.

An update list of focus areas for Ph.D. students is available in the Structural Engineering Graduate Handbook. Students intending to specialize in the emerging areas of structural health monitoring, damage prognosis, and validated simulations are advised to take courses in the focus areas of Advanced Structural Behavior and elective courses MAE 283, MAE 261, ECE 251AN, ECE 251BN, ECE 254, and CSE 291 which can be used to satisfy the outside Structural Engineering requirement.

Since the examination areas must be approved by the Structural Engineering Graduate Affairs Committee, students are advised to seek such approval well before their expected examination date, preferably while planning their graduate studies. Although students are not required to take particular courses in preparation for the Departmental Qualifying Examination, the scope of the examination in each area is associated with a set of three graduate courses, generally in focus areas offered or approved by the department. The Departmental Qualifying Examination may be a written or an oral examination, at the discretion of the committee.

Doctoral students who have passed the Departmental Qualifying Examination may take any course for an S U grade, with the exception of any course that the student Departmental Qualifying or Ph.D. Candidacy Examination Committee stipulates must be taken in order to remove a deficiency. It is strongly recommended that all Structural Engineering graduate students take a minimum of two courses (other than research) per academic year after passing the Departmental Qualifying Examination.

The Advancement to Candidacy Senate Examination is the second examination required of Structural Engineering doctoral students.

Mentorship and Teaching Experience is required of all Structural Engineering Ph.D. students prior to the Dissertation Defense.

The committee must include at least one tenured or emeritus member from outside the student major department.

The committee conducts the Ph.D. Candidacy Examination in an oral examination, during which students must demonstrate the ability to engage in dissertation research. This involves the presentation of a plan for the dissertation research project. A short written document, such as an abstract, describing the research plan must be submitted to each member of the committee at least two weeks before the Ph.D. Candidacy Examination. Upon successful completion of this examination, students are advanced to candidacy and are awarded the Candidate in the Doctor of Philosophy designation.

The preferred means to conduct the qualifying exam is when all committee members are physically present. Graduate Council, however, has determined that a doctoral committee member can participate in one of three ways: 1) physically present (meaning they are in the room), 2) telepresent (meaning they participate by live video teleconference), or 3) in advance (if they must be absent on the exam date, it is permissible to examine the candidate in advance of the exam date).

than half of the doctoral committee must be physically present. No than two members may be telepresent. The outside tenured member must be physically present or telepresent. There must be sufficient expertise among present members (either physically or telepresent) to examine the student.

The Dissertation Final Defense is the final Ph.D. examination. Upon completion of the dissertation research project, the student writes a dissertation that must then be successfully defended in an oral examination and public presentation conducted by the doctoral committee. A complete copy of the student dissertation must be submitted to each member of the doctoral committee at least three weeks before the defense. While the copy of the dissertation handed to the committee is expected to be complete and in final form, it should be noted that students are expected to make changes in the text per direction of the committee as a result of the defense. The form of the final draft must conform to procedures outlined in the publication.

3 quarters total, which includes the quarter the student officially advances and the quarter they file for graduation. Summer is not included, just the regular academic year.

The final defense degree paperwork must be signed by ALL Committee members with a wet signature. It cannot be scanned.

The appointment will need to be scheduled prior to defending and will cover formatting of the dissertation and forms required to graduate.

Pre-Candidacy Time Limit (PCTL): Maximum registered time in which a student must advance to doctoral candidacy. SE Pre-candidacy status is limited to four years.

Support Time Limit (SUTL): Maximum time during which a doctoral student is eligible for . SE Doctoral students are eligible for university support for six years.

Total Registered Time Limit (TRTL): Maximum registered time in which a student must complete all doctoral requirements.

There is a Guaranteed Transition Support Program for Ph.D. students in the Jacobs School of Engineering.

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Structural Engineering

  • GRE Required:  Yes
  • Research Assistantships:  1594
  • Teaching Assistantships:  2777
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University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign logo
Ranked as:  #41 in Best National University
Tuition:  $30,083 per year
Total Cost:  $60,166 * This tuition data is based on IPEDS. For the latest tuition amount, refer to the respective college websites.
State:  Illinois
Acceptance:  63.3%

PhD in Civil Engineering with Concentration in Structural Engineering and Structural Mechanics.

The Graduate Handbook for the Department describes official degree requirements, residency, rules on transfer of courses, etc.

Typically Requires 3 Years Additional Study Beyond MS Degree.

Only 2 of the 8 units may be taken from the MS core of CEE (470, 462, 463, 472, 471, 570).

Students often enroll in a variety of courses in other departments (CS, MATH, MATSE, MIE, STAT).

Students must pass a written Qualifying Exam for admission to PhD Candidacy in the structures program.

The written Qualifying Examination covers the following five core areas of structural engineering:.

Structural engineering PhD students must pass an offering of the Structures Qualifying Exam taken within 16 months of starting their post-MS graduate work.

The Qualifying Exam is offered in the Fall semester and the Spring semester each academic year.

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PhD Program Structural Engineering

  • GRE Required:  Yes
  • Research Assistantships:  2665
  • Teaching Assistantships:  2852
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The University of Alabama logo
Ranked as:  #137 in Best National University
Tuition:  $30,940 per year
Total Cost:  $61,880 * This tuition data is based on IPEDS. For the latest tuition amount, refer to the respective college websites.
State:  Alabama
Acceptance:  80.39%

Increase your earning and promotion potential with a MEng with a concentration in Structural Engineering.

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The ability to pursue my structural engineering master degree while balancing a growing family and career was invaluable to me.

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Structural Engineering

  • GRE Required:  Yes
  • Research Assistantships:  603
  • Teaching Assistantships:  1070
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