M.S., M.Eng, and Ph.D. Degrees

DegreesCEE at Lehigh confers advanced degrees in civil, environmental, and structural engineering. Students may also choose to specialize in one of the department's four technical disciplines:

The CEE Masterís Degrees and Rules

At the masterís level, CEE students may choose between the Master of Science (M.S.) and Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) degree programs.

The Master of Science degrees are research-focused. M.S. students team up with a professor on a research project, then write a thesis to fulfill the degree requirement. The M.S. prepares students for careers in industry as well as progression to a Ph.D. and an academic career track.

The Master of Engineering degree prepares students to enter the professional practice of engineering after graduation. These 30-credit, courses-only degrees provide a graduate-level option to students who want to complete a master's degree that has no thesis or project requirement. The exception is Lehigh's Master of Engineering in Structural Engineering Program, which emphasizes group and individual design projects.

Not sure which degree is best for you? Consider the differences between the M.S. and M.Eng. in structural engineering.

M.S. and M.Eng. in Structures Degrees at a Glance

  M.S. M.Eng.
Orientation Research Professional Practice
Thesis Yes No
Duration 21 months 10 months
Credit Hours 3 credit hours of thesis
12 credit hours of required courses
15 credit hours of electives

30 total credit hours
9 credit hours of design projects
3 credit hours of structural laboratory
6 credit hours of required courses
12 credit hours of electives
30 total credit hours
Funding opportunities
  • Teaching assistantships
  • Graduate research assistantships
  • Fellowships
  • Partial tuition scholarships
Program Overview

Each class is
worth 3 credits.

Fall

  • Mechanics and Behavior of Structural Members
  • Structural Dynamics
  • Technical Elective
Spring
  • Advanced Structural Analysis
  • Finite Element Methods in Structural Engineering
  • Technical Elective

Fall
  • Technical Elective
  • Technical Elective

Spring
  • Thesis
  • Technical Elective
Summer

  • Design Project I
  • Structural Behavior Laboratory


Fall
  • Design Project II
  • Mechanics and Behavior of Structural Members
  • Technical Elective
  • Technical Elective
Spring
  • Design Project III
  • Advanced Structural Analysis
  • Technical Elective
  • Technical Elective

The CEE Doctoral Degrees

The doctorate is for students with career ambitions in research, providing opportunities for in-depth study as well as publication. It typically includes courses in the major field, courses in minor fields, and a dissertation presenting results of original research. Holders of master's degrees planning to become candidates for the Ph.D. take a qualifying examination at the first opportunity following one semester in residence. After qualification, the candidate, the candidate's departmental Ph.D. committee, and the department chair formulate the student's program of work.

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