Texas Tech University

Master of Civil Engineering (Coming Soon)

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A student in the Master of Science in Civil Engineering will initially specialize in the principal sub-discipline of structural engineering or in construction engineering and management in this degree program. Three degree options are available: the thesis-option student completes 24 hours of coursework, performs 6 credit hours of independent research, and writes a thesis based on the findings of the research; the report-option student completes 27 hours of coursework and writes a report (3 hours) on a selected topic. The courses only option allows a student to take 30 hours of course work and pass a comprehensive exam.


Structural Engineering Core Courses:

  • CE 5310   Numerical Methods in Engineering (or ME 5301)

Prerequisite: MATH 3350 or consent of instructor. Numerical techniques for the formulation and solution of discrete and continuous systems of equilibrium, eigenvalue and propagation problems.

  • CE 5311   Advanced Mechanics of Solids

Stress and strain at a point; theories of failure; unsymmetrical bending; curved flexural members; beams on continuous support; experimental and energy methods.

  • CE 5318   Finite Element Methods in Continuum Mechanics

Prerequisite: CE 5310 and 5311 or consent of instructor. Theory of the finite element method-constant strain elements; plane stress or strain for axisymmetric problems; application to plates and shells, torsion, heat transfer and seepage problems.

  • CE 5346   Structural Dynamics I

Dynamic response of single and multidegree of freedom systems; modal analysis of lumped and continuous mass systems.

Structural Engineering Elective Courses:

  • CE 5313   Theory of Elastic Stability

Theory of the conditions governing the stability of structural members and determination of critical loads for various types of members and structural systems.

  • 5314. Theory of Plates and Shells (3). Stress analysis of plates and shells of various shapes; small and large deflection theory of plates; membrane analysis of shells; general theory of shells.
  • CE 5331   Structural Reliability

Prerequisite: An undergraduate or graduate course in statistics and proficiency in computer programming.  Practical applications of structural reliability analysis including establishing load and resistance factors, load modeling, and computing probabilities of failure for forensic analysis.

  • CE 5340   Advanced Structural Analysis I

Prerequisite: Proficiency in basic structural analysis techniques and computer programming. Fundamentals and applications of modern methods of structural analyses using computers.

  • CE 5342   Advanced Design of Steel Structures

Prerequisite: CE 4342 or consent of instructor. Advanced design of structures, utilizing LRFD design concepts.

  • CE 5343   Advanced Reinforced Concrete Design

Prerequisite: CE 4343 or consent of instructor. Understanding advanced concrete design concepts and discussion of new concrete material technology.

  • CE 5347   Structural Dynamics II

Prerequisite: CE 5346 or consent of instructor. Design consideration for structures subjected to time-varying forces including earthquake, wind, and blast loads.


Construction Engineering Core Courses

  • CONE 5302    Construction Safety and Risk Management [f]
  • CONE 5320    Construction Cost Estimating and Control [f]
  • CONE 5322    Construction Management (s)
  • CONE 5332    BIM and 4D Modeling [s]

Construction Engineering Elective Courses

  • CONE 5031    Independent Study of Construction [r]
  • CONE 5304    Sustainable Building Design and Construction [r]
  • CONE 5314    Masonry Design and Construction [r]
  • CONE 5331    Special Topics in Construction Engineering [r]

Other Suggested Electives

  • CE 5310 Numerical Methods in Engineering (or ME 5301) [f]
  • IE 5307. Loss Assessment and Control (3).
  • ARCH 5334 Construction IV Smart Construction Materials
  • MIS 5331. Information Technology and Operations Management (3).
  • MGT 5372. Leadership and Ethics (3).
  • BA 5321. Negotiation and Business Law (3).
  • LARC 5314. Landscape Architecture Grading and Drainage (3).

The Master of Science in Civil Engineering has thesis and non-thesis options.

Requirements for the non-thesis option are as follows:
  • Students enrolling in a non-thesis master's program may fulfill the degree requirements by either (a) completing 27 credit hours of graduate-level coursework and 3 credit hours of CE 6330, Master's Report; or (b) completing 30 credit hours of graduate-level coursework.
  • Students will not be allowed to use credit/non-credit courses (e.g., CE 7000) to fulfill the required 30 credit hours.
  • Students will be required to complete successfully a department-administered comprehensive exam during their graduating semester.