Graduate Program

The Department of Structural Engineering will be accepting applications to our graduate
program on September 9th 2019 at  The deadline to submit an application for Fall 2020 will be December 16th, 2019**Please note that we only accept applications for the Fall terms**

The Department of Structural Engineering offers instruction leading to the degrees of Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Structural Engineering (SE). 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 four research focus areas of the SE department which are in

  1. Earthquake Engineering,
  2. Advanced Composites and Aerospace Structural Systems,
  3. Renewal Engineering, and
  4. Structural Health Monitoring, Prognosis and Validated Simulations.


Admission to the UCSD graduate division requires at least a B.S. degree in engineering, physical sciences, or mathematics with an overall upper division GPA of 3.0. Applicants must provide three letters of recommendation and recent GRE general test scores. A minimum TOEFL score of 85 IBT or 550 PBT is required from international applicants whose native language is not English. Based on the candidate's background, qualifications, and career objectives, admission to the program is in one of two categories M.S., or Ph.D.

Applicants seeking enrollment in SE courses via UC Extension's concurrent registration program are advised to refer to the Graduate Studies Transferring Credit section of the UCSD Catalog for clarification.


More information on our graduate program can be found on our General Catalog.