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Field of Study: Structural Engineering


Structural engineering programs prepare people to design and test materials used in buildings, dams, and bridges.



Structural engineering programs include topics such as:

  • Load-bearing structures
  • Strength of materials
  • Earthquake safety standards
  • Natural hazards
  • Environmental impact

Community colleges and other 2-year schools offer associate degree programs. An associate degree usually takes two years to complete. After earning an associate degree, students can transfer to a college or university for further study.

Very few colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in structural engineering. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four or five years of full-time study.

A few universities offer graduate degrees in structural engineering. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.