Mechanics of Structures

Degree: Master of Science in Engineering with Certificate of Specialization in Mechanics of Structures

PLEASE SELECT ENGINEERING, ONLINE AS THE MAJOR, YOU WILL BE ABLE TO SELECT MECHANICS OF STRUCTURES AS A SPECIALIZATION DURING THE APPLICATION PROCESS.

Area Director: Prof. A. Mal, ajit@seas.ucla.edu

Description: The main objective of this program is to provide students with the opportunity to develop the knowledge required for the analysis and synthesis of modern engineered structures. The fundamental concepts of linear and nonlinear elasticity, plasticity, fracture mechanics, finite element analysis, mechanics of composites and structural vibrations will be developed in a series of undergraduate and graduate courses. These concepts will then be applied in solving industry-relevant problems in a number of graduate level courses. Students will develop hands-on experience in using popular finite element packages for solving realistic structural analysis problems.

Degree Requirements: 

At least nine courses are required (36 units), of which at least five must be graduate courses at the 200 level (excluding ENGR 299 Capstone Project course), and meet Comprehensive Exam Requirement. The courses should be chosen so that the breadth requirements and the requirements at the graduate level are met.

  • At least 6 courses must be from the following

MECH&AE 156A , MECH&AE M168, MECH&AE M269A (C&EE M237A) , MECH&AE M256A, C&EE 235A , C&EE 235B, MECH&AE 256F, C&EE 233

Field Experience

Not required.

Comprehensive Exam Requirement

Students can meet the Comprehensive Exam Requirement in two ways: Choose (1 option below)

Option 1:

Take and Pass ENGR 299 Capstone Project course.

Option 2:

Take and pass three written exams for three different graduate level courses within the student’s area of specialization. The written exams are held concurrently with the final exam of the graduate level courses. Students may select which exams they would like to count towards the Comprehensive Exam requirement.

Electives: As long as you have met the requirements above the remaining courses may be selected from  other Engineering departments. No approval is necessary

Thesis Plan

NONE

Time-to-Degree

Students are expected to complete the degree within two academic years and one quarter, including two summer sessions. The maximum time allowed in this program is three academic years (nine quarters), excluding summer sessions.