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The Master of Engineering (MEng) program in combined Geotechnical, Construction, and Structural Engineering (GeoConStruct) was designed in collaboration with leading engineers in practice to develop a course of study that recognizes that geotechnical engineering, construction engineering, and structural engineering are practiced together and should be taught together in an integrated manner. Its purpose is to educate engineers for practice, for excellence in design and execution now, laying the groundwork for practice demands 25 years from now. It is a program that balances theory and practice, building on the foundation of an undergraduate degree in civil engineering.

The MEng is practice-focused and entirely course-based. Students who wish to undertake a degree requiring a project or a research thesis should consider the MS in Civil and Infrastructure Engineering with concentration in geotechnical or construction or structural engineering. All courses offered for the MEng program are open to MS students.

This program is no longer accepting applications for new students.



To be considered for admission to the MEng program, a candidate must:

  • Satisfy general University and Volgenau School requirements for admission to a graduate program,
  • Have earned a baccalaureate degree in engineering or a related science,
  • Provide two letters of recommendation from individuals knowledgeable about the applicant's academic or professional work,
  • Provide a goals statement and professional résumé.

Acceptance to the degree program is based on an assessment of the applicant's capacity to pursue graduate study successfully. Students are assumed to have completed an undergraduate degree in civil engineering. Consideration is given to the undergraduate record, any previous graduate work, professional work experience, and reference letters. Students with minor admission deficiencies or with undergraduate degrees in related fields, such as geology or another branch of engineering, may be provisionally admitted subject to completing an articulation program of civil engineering undergraduate courses. Courses required for articulation are not creditable toward the MEng degree.

Research Assistantships & Fellowships

Research Assistantships and Fellowships are typically not awarded to students pursuing the MEng Program because it is entirely a course-based degree, rather than a research degree. Students interested in Teaching Assistantships (usually reserved for full-time graduate study) should indicate their interest on their application and also contact the department after an admissions decision is made.


Plan of Study

All MEng students must develop a faculty-approved plan of study with a minimum of 30 credits of graduate coursework. The coursework presented for the degree must include at least three MEng core courses (9 credits) and approved electives (21 credits). Note that the fourth or fifth core course that is not counted for the core requirement may also be selected as an elective. There is no project or thesis requirement for the MEng degree. Most MEng courses are offered once every three semesters and are scheduled to meet in the late weekday afternoons or evenings.

Banner Code: VS-MENG-GCS

Degree Requirements

This program is no longer accepting applications for new students.

Total credits: 30

Core Courses

Select 9 credits from the following:9
Introduction to Bridge Engineering
Structural Evaluation and Rehabilitation
Earth Retaining Structures and Slope Stability
Design for Constructability
Risk and Uncertainty in Civil Engineering
Total Credits9


Select 21 credits from the following:21
Structural Steel Design 1
Reinforced Concrete Design 1
Advanced Steel Design
Pre-stressed Concrete
Foundation Design 1
Engineering Geology 1
Construction Administration 1
Building Information Modeling 1
Legal Aspects of the Construction Process
Construction Cost Estimating
Public Infrastructure Management and Finance
Advanced Structural Analysis
Structural Mechanics
Structural Dynamics
Special Topics in Structural Engineering
Intelligent Systems in Civil Engineering
Advanced Reinforced Concrete Design
Groundwater and Geoenvironmental Design
Advanced Soil Mechanics
Sources of Geotechnical Data
Advanced Foundation Design
Special Topics in Geotechnical Engineering
Special Topics in Construction Management
GBUS 510
Total Credits21