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FALL 2014 is now Closed.
We are no longer taking applications for Fall 2014.
The Department of Structural Engineering at UCSD offers instruction leading to the degrees of master of science (M.S.) and doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) in structural engineering (SE). In addition, an M.S. degree in structural health monitoring, prognosis, and validated simulations has been activated. The graduate program is aimed at training a select number of highly skilled professionals in structural engineering with the academic and engineering credentials to assume leadership roles in industry and academia.
The M.S. degree program is intended to provide students with additional fundamental knowledge as well as specialized advanced knowledge in selected structural engineering aspects over and above the undergraduate degree course work.
The doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) degree program is intended to prepare students for careers in teaching, research, and/or in their chosen professional specialties. The Ph.D. program requires a departmental comprehensive examination, a Ph.D. candidacy examination, a Ph.D. dissertation based on new and unique research, and a dissertation defense.
Both degrees offer opportunities for training in one or more of the five primary research focus areas within the Structural Engineering Department:
- Earthquake Engineering,
- Advanced Composites and Aerospace Structural Systems,
- Renewal Engineering,
- Structural Health Monitoring, Prognosis, and Validated Simulations,
- Computational Mechanics.
Application Deadline for Fall Admission 2014-15: January 6, 2014
Admission to the UCSD graduate division requires at least a B.S. degree in engineering, physical sciences, or mathematics with an overall minimum grade point average of 3.00. Applications are accepted only for fall quarter. The general GRE test is required; subject GRE test is not required.
Application Fee (non-refundable)
$100.00 for international applicants;
$80.00 for U.S. citizens and permanent residents
Applicants pay the application fee under the section title “begin submit process” and it must be paid using a major credit card: MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover, or JCB Card.
The department received 439 applications for the fall 2013 admission cycle. The department admitted 163 students into our program bringing the acceptance rate to 37%. The department admitted 7 doctoral students, 141 Master students, and 13 BS/MS students for 2013-14. The average GRE percentages taken from the admitted students were Verbal 66%, Quantitative 84%, and Analytical Writing 52%. The average GPA for admitted students is 3.78.
Applicants who are applying for the Structural Engineering Department should take the GRE exam no later than December to insure the timely receipt of score results. Consult the GRE Information & Registration Bulletin for further information at www.ets.org.
UCSD Institution Code: 4836
Department Code to Use: 1101 (Architectural Engineering) or 1106 (Structural Engineering)
UCSD Institution Code: 4836
Department Code to Use: 65
International students from non-English speaking countries are required to demonstrate proficiency in English via the TOEFL exam. The minimum TOEFL score required is 550 for the paper-based (pBT) and 80 for the internet-based test (iBt). The minimum score for the IELTS exam is 7. Additional information can be found at www.ets.org.
Online application consists of the following:
- Online Graduate Application
- Statement of Purpose
- 3-letters of Recommendation
- Official Transcripts (from all institutions attended)*
- General GRE Scores
- TOEFL Score Results (international students only)
*Applicants will be required to scan and upload transcripts directly into their graduate application when completing their application. Do not send transcripts until it has been requested by the Department. Official transcripts will be requested when you are admitted into our program.
The unique education and research opportunities are provided by faculty expertise across a range of specialties in materials and structural systems of different types and scales, and through the specially designed laboratories including the world-renowned Charles Lee Powell Structural Research Laboratories. This unique facility consists of a set of large-scale testing laboratories where full-scale structural systems ranging from bridges and buildings, ship hulls and deck structures, to aircraft wings and structural systems can be tested using state-of-the-art computer-controlled equipment.
The Structural Systems Laboratory houses a 15-m tall reaction wall and a 37-m long strong floor, while the Structural Components Laboratory has a 9-m tall by 19-m wide strong wall with a 14.3 -by 21.3-m strong floor, and the Composites Structures Laboratory has a 9-m tall by 5.5-m wide strong wall with a 14.3 -by 7.2-m strong floor. The facility also includes a high-capacity shake table and a geotechnical laboratory including a centrifuge and soil boxes. The research facilities also include state-of-the-art nano-materials characterization facilities, polymer and composite characterization and processing laboratories, composites and aerospace structures laboratories, non-destructive evaluation laboratories, structural dynamics laboratory, a unique 6-DOF seismic response modification device test facility, and other unique facilities.
The Englekirk Structural Engineering Center is equipped with the world's first outdoor shake table adjacent to the country's largest soil-structure interaction test facility, allowing researchers to perform dynamic earthquake safety tests on full-scale structural systems. It also houses a blast simulator, which is the world’s first facility designed to study structural response to, and damage caused by, bomb blasts without creating actual explosions. Besides enabling one-of-a-kind experiments, the laboratory facilities enable the validation of sophisticated design and analysis models, which are subsequently used for design, numerical prediction, and detailed parametric studies. Thus, a complete systems approach from materials development and large-scale experiments to implementation of sensor networks and development of design recommendations and nonlinear analytical models is typical for research projects in the Department.
For the most outstanding first-year Ph.D. students, the Department of Structural Engineering may offer financial support in the form of university fellowships and research assistantships. The fellowships include the Department fellowships and those provided by the Jacobs School of Engineering and the Office of Graduate Studies. The fellowship award normally starts in September through the end of August. The Jacobs School of Engineering fellowships are reserved for first-year graduate students only.
Incoming master students in the Plan II – Comprehensive Exam program Structural Engineering are not offered financial support when admitted into the program. Students enrolled in the Plan I – Thesis program may be supported by their research advisors and paid as a Graduate Student Researcher.
Teaching Assistantships and Readerships are available on a quarterly basis to all graduate students including M.S. and Ph.D. students. All graduate student TA’s & Reader’s employed at 25% time or more are eligible for TAHI/TAFE fee remission that will reduce their Registration fees quarterly by $5021.00. Non-resident tuition is usually paid by the student if he/she is only supported by a 25% time Teaching Assistantship.
Continuing and incoming graduate students that are employed as Graduate Student Researchers will have the opportunity to receive pay increases after passing the departmental qualifying examination and the Candidacy examination. The maximum stipend allowed by the department for students employed as Graduate Student Researcher is 49% rate at Step 6. The faculty research advisor in charge of the funded research project assigns the duties of a GSR. These appointments are subject to the availability of research funds each year.
Cost of Study
In 2013-14 full-time students who are California Residents pay an estimated $5201.50 per quarter in registration fees. Nonresidents pay an estimated total of $10,235.50 per quarter for registration, supplement tuition, and incidental fees. There is a reduced-fee structure for students enrolled on a half-time basis. Costs are subject to change.
Living and Housing Costs
UCSD provides 1480 apartments for graduate students. Current monthly rates range from $450 for a single student in a shared apartment to $1113 for a family in a 2-bedroom apartment. There is also a variety of off-campus housing in the surrounding communities. Information in this regard may be obtained from the UCSD Housing Office.
One of ten campuses in the University of California System. UCSD comprises of the general campus, School of Medicine, and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Established in La Jolla in 1960, it has become one of the major universities in the country with particular strengths in the physical, biological sciences, and engineering sciences.
UCSD campus enrollment is about 25,098; of this number, 3,846 are graduate students. The Department of Structural Engineering for Spring 2012 has an undergraduate enrollment of 581 students and a graduate enrollment of the amount of 90 students.
The 1,200 acre campus spreads from the seashore, where the Scripps Institution of Oceanography is located, across a large wooded portion of the Torrey Pines Mesa overlooking the Pacific Ocean. To the east and north lie mountains, and to the south are Mexico and the almost uninhabited seacoast of Baja, California.
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Department Mailing Address
Department of Structural Engineering
Irwin and Joan Jacobs School of Engineering
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093-0085
Office Telephone: 858-822-1421
Office Fax: 858-534-1310