Graduate Study
Structural Engineering (MS)

  

INNOVATIVE SOLUTION OF INFRASTRUCTURE SYSTEMS

MEETING THE CHALLENGE OF LONGER, TALLER, AND SUSTAINABLE STRUCTURES

The MS in Structural Engineering at Northwestern is designed to prepare our graduates to become creative structural designers with sound fundamentals and the ability to develop and maintain sustainable infrastructure systems.

The program builds on the strengths of the world-renowned structural mechanics faculty and elite Chicago-based structural design firms. The theoretical and behavioral study of structures is complemented with design courses and projects taught by registered PE/SE.

  • Join a new generation of structural designers
  • Experience a broad curriculum in theory and practice
  • Learn cutting-edge design techniques from leading Chicago AE firms
  • Lead design in sustainable infrastructure systems
  • Design for urban development and renewal
  • Create longer, taller, and lighter structures of the future
  • Make industry contacts and network through seminars and career fairs

 

Structural Engineering Fundamentals

Series of six courses devised to provide students with the core knowledge required to design structures. Includes: solid mechanics, structural mechanics, structural dynamics, and computational methods.

Structural Design

Structural Engineering students complement their core knowledge with six elective courses in structural system optimization, advanced computational methods, architecture design, high-performance building design, foundation design, comprehensive design project, and advanced steel, concrete, and pre-stressed concrete design. These courses are taught by engineers from leading firms in Chicago.

Seminars & Career Fair

Professional development seminars are organized specifically for MS STR students. This includes resume workshops hosted by engineers, and project presentations by structural engineering and associated professionals. In addition, the Department organizes two career fairs annually to connect students to employers and support students to attend the annual steel conference.

Alumni Network

MS STR alumni hold structural design positions in Chicago, across the U.S. and around the world, including AECOM, Amazon, Arcadis, Armor Tower, ATMI, BUCG, Chicago Transit Authority, China National Offshore Oil Company, DiDi, DiSimone Consulting Engineers, DRPILLA Associates, Drucker Zajdel Structural Engineers, Gace Consulting Engineers, Gilbane Building Co., HOK, Huarui Welding & Cutting Company, HydroChina Chengdu Engineering Corporation, Jacobs, KPFF, Larson Engineering, Magnusson Klemencic Associates, MWRD, R.M. Byrd and Associates, Reigstad, SidePlate Systems, Simpson, Gumpertz & Heger, Inc., Tencent, Thornton Tomasetti, VAA, and WSP.  The program organizes an annual alumni panel, which features graduates of the program sharing their engineering experience.  

Some of our M.S. graduates went on to pursue a Ph.D. degree at Johns Hopkins University, Northwestern University, Tufts University, University of Connecticut, University of Pennsylvania, University of Washington and the University of Wisconsin, Madison, as well as a J.D. degree at Northwestern University.

WHY YOU SHOULD APPLY:  Structural Engineers are at the helm of the urban environment.  Engineers design novel infrastructure systems to be adaptive, resilient, and sustainable. The MS curriculum in Structural Engineering at Northwestern provides you with the tools, methods, and preparation to meet the challenges of this renaissance.

HOW TO APPLY:  Apply at www.applyweb.com/nugrad/index.ftl

APPLICATIONS ARE DUE ON MAY 3, 2019.  DECISIONS WILL BE MADE ON A CONTINUAL BASIS, STARTING IN FEBRUARY 2019.  

EMAIL QUESTIONS TO:  ms-str@northwestern.edu

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