Master of Science in Engineering: Concentration in Structural/Earthquakes

Admission to the Program

Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree in engineering, or a closely related discipline, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in upper-division major classes, in addition to meeting general university requirements for graduate standing. The School of Engineering also requires two letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the student’s previous academic work or professional accomplishments. Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores within the last three years are also required. A minimum score of 550 on the paper exam or 213 on the computer-based TOEFL is required for graduate applicants whose preparatory education was principally in a language other than English.

Advancement to Candidacy

The applicant is advanced to candidacy when the Advancement to Candidacy (ATC) has been signed and approved by the Dean of the Graduate Division.

Written English Proficiency Requirements

Level One

As a preadmission requirement, applicants must have satisfied one of the following:

  1. a score of at least 4.5/6.0 on the essay test of the paper-based [PBT] TOEFL (a minimum score of 24/30 on the Writing section of the Internet-based test [iBT] TOEFL);
  2. a score of at least 6.5/9.0 on the IELTS writing test, or a concordant score on the Pearson Test of English.

An applicant that does not meet the above requirement may be conditionally accepted to the program but must complete SCI 614 within the first year of attendance at SF State to meet the Level One requirement. SCI 614 does not count toward the 30 unit MS coursework requirement.

Level Two

is satisfied by the completion of a written thesis (ENGR 898) or research project (ENGR 895).


The Master of Science in Engineering is based on 30-semester units of which at least 21 units must be earned from graduate-level courses. We expect that the graduate coordinator will work closely with individual students to develop a curriculum plan that ensures academic rigor while at the same time meeting the needs of the student. The curriculum includes 12 units of required engineering courses and a minimum of 6 units of elective engineering courses. A maximum of 6 units of elective non-engineering courses may be applied to the degree requirements with the consent of the graduate coordinator if they are consistent with the student’s overall career objectives as provided in the program of study. There are two options for the culminating experience. One option is to first take a 3-unit research course (ENGR 897), and then a 3-unit thesis course (ENGR 898). The other option is to take a 3-unit applied research project course (ENGR 895).

Engineering (M.S.): Concentration in Structural/Earthquakes — Minimum 30 units

Required Courses (12 units)

ENGR 800Research Methodology3
ENGR 801Engineering Management3
ENGR 833Principles of Earthquake Engineering3
ENGR 836Structural Design for Earthquakes3

The aggregate of courses that comprise the core of this concentration is designed to give students a broad foundation in general areas of engineering project management and engineering communications, and in Structural/Earthquake Engineering. These courses are aimed to provide our students opportunities for career advancement in their profession.

Engineering Electives (6-15 units)

Units selected on advisement from:

ENGR 425Reinforced Concrete Structures3
ENGR 426Steel Structures3
ENGR 427Wood Structures3
ENGR 431Foundation Engineering3
ENGR 461Mechanical and Structural Vibrations3
ENGR 826Seismic Hazard Analysis3
ENGR 827Structural Design for Fire Safety3
ENGR 828Seismic Isolation and Energy Dissipation3
ENGR 829Advanced Topics in Structural Engineering3
ENGR 831Advanced Concrete Structures3
ENGR 832Advanced Topics in Seismic Design3
ENGR 835Advanced Steel Structures3
ENGR 837Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering3
ENGR 838Smart Structures Technology3

A program cannot contain more than 9 units of courses with a course number below 700. Some upper-division engineering courses may also be used as electives if not used in the undergraduate degree program and approved by the Graduate Coordinator.

Non-Engineering Electives (0-6 units)

Courses, either graduate or upper division, selected primarily from science, mathematics, social science, or business, upon approval of the graduate coordinator.

Culminating Experience (3-6 units)

Select one:

Option A

ENGR 897
ENGR 898
and Master's Thesis (thesis may not be started until completion of 12 units of graduate coursework and ENGR 897)

Option B

ENGR 895Applied Research Project (project may not be started until completion of 12 units of graduate coursework)3