Structural Engineering

Structural Engineering

The structural engineering faculty have a complementary set of expertise in theoretical, analytical, computational, experimental and field investigation techniques well suited to address critical infrastructure issues.


This program includes infrastructure system response to extreme-event loading, durability of infrastructure and materials, health monitoring, evaluation and strengthening of existing structures, and the development of construction methods to improve long-term sustainability of new infrastructure.

Structural Engineering research within ESSIE at the University of Florida includes:

  • Infrastructure system response to extreme-event loading, durability of infrastructure and materials
  • Health monitoring, evaluation and strengthening of existing structures
  • The development of construction methods to improve long-term sustainability of new infrastructure



Education for Leadership Roles

  • Structural Engineering Analysis
  • Bridge and Building Structural Design

Research Focus Areas

  • Extreme event loading and infrastructure system behavior
    • Wind
    • Vessel Impact
    • Blast
  • Durability, evaluation, and strengthening of existing structures
  • Connections to concrete
  • Computational mechanics, structural dynamics, and structural analysis

Research Outcomes

  • Improved safety and reliability of structures
  • Lower maintenance and rehabilitation costs
  • Improved understanding of structural behavioral under extreme events

Research Benefits

  • Building code enhancement
  • Sustainable and more reliably constructed infrastructure
  • Cost-effective repair methods

Graduate Study Program

Master of Engineering (ME) or Master of Science (MS) Degree


Master of Engineering (ME) or Master of Science (MS) Degree in Civil Engineering with Specialization in Structural Engineering

Within the structural engineering area of specialization, employers almost exclusively seek out our graduates with masters degrees. These employers have high expectations regarding the skills and capabilities that our structural engineering masters students bring with them into industry. Consequently, we offer a concentration in structural engineering within the Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering. This feature adds value to the master’s degree by recognizing the rigorous academic requirements that our students are required to achieve. In addition, it alerts prospective employers that the students they are considering will be able to meet their expectations for training and competence in the field. The following requirements, in addition to the minimum requirements imposed by the UF Graduate School, must be met for a student to receive a concentration in structural engineering.

Course Requirements

Master’s students specializing in Structural Engineering are expected to satisfy the following minimum coursework requirements and procedures. Upon admission, a structural engineering faculty member is assigned as your advisor. Regardless of whether you are pursuing a Thesis or Non-Thesis degree, you must complete the coursework requirements portion of the Structures Concentration Master’s Program Plan of Study (SC-PPS), which is posted on the ESSIE website. You must also have it approved by your advisor so that you can register for your first semester. You must request the use of transfer credits toward your degree program on the SC-PPS and obtain approval, as indicated by the advisor’s signature on the SC-PPS. Prior to the registration periods of subsequent semesters, contact your advisor for approval of your proposed course selection for the upcoming semester along with any changes in your SC-PPS. Once your course selection has been approved, your advisor will send you (via email) a copy of your approved SC-PPS and will copy for processing. Your advising hold will then be removed, allowing you to register.

All courses in the executed SC-PPS must be completed with the minimum grade noted below for the student to be considered eligible for graduation with a Concentration in Structural Engineering.

Additional requirements may be imposed by the Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering or the University of Florida Graduate School, therefore, the student should consult the Civil and Coastal Engineering Graduate Student Handbook for additional information.

Non-thesis Master’s degree

Non-thesis students obtaining a Master’s of Science degree must satisfy the final exam requirements by submitting a completed design or analysis term project that earned a grade of B or better from one of the Group A or B courses listed in the coursework requirements. Projects from outside the structures curriculum will not be considered. Projects are to be submitted to the student’s advisor for approval and must be comprehensive in nature. Master of Engineering students are not required to complete the final examination per the Graduate Catalog.

Thesis Master’s degree-seeking students

A thesis master’s degree-seeking student is required to have a supervisory committee. That committee must consist of a minimum of two members, a chair (usually the advisor) and at least one additional member. The full committee should be formed by the mid-term of the second semester. If a minor is designated, the committee must include one member as the representative for the proposed minor.

Grades & Graduation

In addition to the Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering and the University of Florida Graduate School scholastic standards, students with a concentration in Structural Engineering must make a grade of B or better in the four required group A courses (CES 6106, CES 6706, CES 5607, and CES 6108). Students failing to attain the minimum grade in the group A courses, but otherwise satisfying all other requirements, are eligible to receive a MS or ME without a concentration in Structural engineering. A student may submit to his/her advisor a petition detailing the circumstances that led to inadequate group A grade(s), and request an opportunity to repeat such courses in an effort to meet the requirements for concentration. If the advisor determines that the student’s request is legitimate and warrants consideration, the advisor will then ask the Structures faculty to consider the request and finalize a decision. Note that Group A courses are only offered once per academic year (in various terms or all at the same time). Per the University of Florida Graduate School Policy, students must have an overall GPA of 3.00 (truncated for the courses listed in their executed SC-PPS) to be eligible for graduation with a concentration in Structural engineering. Also, if the student is registered for any of these group A courses during the graduating semester and a grade of a B or better is not obtained, the student will not graduate. The student will have to either repeat the course in a future term (if approved by the faculty), or have the concentration designation removed from their GIMS record in a future term and register for one additional course to be eligible to graduate.

Coursework Requirements

MS or ME with Thesis

Minimum 30 total semester hours; min. 24 hours coursework permitted; min. 27 hours coursework recommended; max. 6 hours Masters Research (CGN6971) permitted; min 3 hours Masters Research (CGN6971) required; written master’s thesis; oral defense. Enrollment of 3 credit hours (Fall/Spring) or 2 credit hours (Summer) of Masters Research (CGN 6971) is required during the final/graduating semester.

MS or ME with Coursework Only

Minimum 30 total semester hours of coursework; (only available to students who have not accepted a Research Assistantship from the Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering). Students must take all four (4) Group A courses below, and at least four (4) Group B courses. Remaining courses required to reach 30 credit hours can be selected from Group B or Group C.

A. Students must take all of the following courses:

  • CES 6106 Advanced Structural Analysis (Fall)
  • CES 6706 Advanced Reinforced Concrete (Fall)
  • CES 5607 Behavior of Steel Structures (Spring)
  • CES 6108 Structural Dynamics (Spring)

B. Students must take at least four (4) of the following courses:

  • CES 5010 Probabilistic and Stochastic Methods in Civil Engineering (Spring)
  • CES 5116 Finite Elements in Civil Engineering (Fall)
  • CES 5325 Design of Highway Bridges (Fall)
  • CES 5801 Design and Construction in Timber (Fall)
  • CES 6585 Wind Engineering (Spring)
  • CES 6588 Protective Structures (Spring)
  • CES 6590 Impact Engineering
  • CES 6591 Applied Protective Structures
  • CES 6592 Retrofit of Protective Structures
  • CES 6593 Advanced Protective Structures
  • CGN 6905 Advanced Bridge Design (Spring)
  • CGN 6905 Advanced Finite Element Analysis (Spring)
  • CEG 5115 Foundation Design (Fall)
  • CEG 6116 Advanced Shallow Foundation Design (Fall)
  • CEG 6117 Advanced Deep Foundation Design (Spring)


  • ARC 6512 Structural Modeling (Fall)
  • CEG 6515 Earth Retaining Systems and Slope Stability
  • CGN 6505 Properties, Design and Control of Concrete
  • CGN 6905 Concrete Repair
  • CGN 6905 Microstructural Analysis of Cementitious Materials
  • CGN 6905 Concrete Durability
  • EGM 5533 Applied Elasticity and Advanced Mechanics of Solids
  • EGM 6365 Structural Optimization

*All courses are three credits

Note: Internships shall not be used to satisfy coursework requirements for either degree.

Structures Master’s Program Plan of Study Form


Photo of Jennifer Bridge Jennifer Bridge University Term Associate Professor
(352) 294-7793

475G Weil Hall

Photo of Gary Consolazio Gary Consolazio Professor

475J Weil Hall

Photo of Michael Davidson Michael Davidson Associate Director of the Florida Bridge Software Institute

204A Reed Lab

Photo of Christopher Ferraro Christopher Ferraro Assistant Professor
(352) 392-0959

460B Weil Hall

Photo of Trey Hamilton Trey Hamilton Professor Emeritus
352 294-7797

475K Weil Hall

Photo of Theodor Krauthammer Theodor Krauthammer Theodore R. Crom Professor

460E Weil Hall/Bldg. 1604

Photo of Forrest Masters Forrest Masters Professor
(352) 392-0946

300 Weil Hall

Photo of Brian Phillips Brian Phillips Associate Professor

475K Weil Hall

Photo of David O. Prevatt David Prevatt Associate Professor

475E Weil Hall

Photo of Taylor Rawlinson Taylor Rawlinson Research Assistant Scientist
(352) 846-3526

128 Weil Hall

Photo of Kyle Riding Kyle Riding Professor
(352) 294-1628

460C Weil Hall

Photo of Thomas Sputo Thomas Sputo Master Lecturer

365 Weil Hall

Photo of Arthriya Subgranon Arthriya Subgranon Assistant Professor
(352) 392-9537

475F Weil Hall

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