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Earthquake Engineering

Program launch date Fall 2021 (contingent on demand).

Upon applying, please select “Engineering – Online” as the major, then select Environmental Water Resources (temporarily) as a specialization. (Earthquake Engineering has yet to be added to the application).

Degree: Master of Science in Engineering with Certificate of Specialization in Earthquake Engineering


The Earthquake Engineering program covers structural, geotechnical, and seismological aspects of earthquakes, and focuses on providing students with the tools they need to quantify seismic hazards including ground motion and ground failure, and design Civil Engineering infrastructure to withstand seismic demands. All internet available lectures will be offered 24/7, with a weekly home-room time to enhance the taped lectures and promote class interaction. The home-rooms will be held in early evenings to facilitate non-impact with the students’ work schedule.

Important Note:
Core courses in this area are not offered during the summer term. Alternative courses may be substituted with approval of the Area Director.

Course Requirements:
At least nine courses are required, of which at least five must be graduate courses at the 200 level (excluding ENGR 299 project course), and meet comprehensive requirement.

Required Courses in Earthquake Engineering:

  • C&EE 220 – Advanced Soil Mechanics
  • C&EE 225 – Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering
  • C&EE 235A – Advanced Structural Analysis
  • C&EE 239 – Structural Dynamics
  • C&EE 245 – Earthquake Ground Motion Characterization
  • C&EE 246 – Structural Response to Ground Motions

Elective Courses in Earthquake Engineering:

  • C&EE 235B – Finite Element Analysis of Structures
  • C&EE 235C – Nonlinear Structural Analysis
  • C&EE M237A – Dynamics of Structures
  • C&EE 243A – Behavior and Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures
  • C&EE 244 – Theory and Application of the 2nd Generation Performance-Based Earthquake Engineering Methodology
  • C&EE 247 – Earthquake Hazard Mitigation
  • Risk Analysis for Engineers and Scientists


Students can meet the Comprehensive Exam Requirement by satisfying one of the following requirements:

Requirement 1:
Pass problems on the course exams designated as comprehensive exam problems. The comprehensive exam problems are administered concurrently with the final exam of the graduate level courses.

Requirement 2:
Students may opt to take a comprehensive exam after satisfying their course requirements. The exam will cover technical aspects of the courses that comprise the program.

Thesis Plan:

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.