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Online Graduate Certificate in Structural Engineering

The online Structural Engineering Certificate is designed for professionals with a bachelor’s in civil engineering who want to expand their working knowledge with highly-focused expertise.

Offered by the J.B. Speed School at the University of Louisville, this program delivers advanced technical knowledge in structural engineering areas such as masonry design, timber design and more to make you as more skilled engineer. Taught by industry-expert faculty, this is an excellent opportunity to expand your professional credentials with less time commitment than earning a master’s degree.


Complete this certificate on your own time through fully online classes.

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Take only 4 courses to earn your SE certificate.

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Earn a valuable industry-specific credential in less than a year!

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How Much Will I Pay?

$764 per credit hour
$250 per credit hour active-duty rate

Tuition & Aid    

Students enrolled in stand-alone certificate programs are not eligible for federal financial aid. UofL students must be enrolled in a degree-granting program in conjunction with the certificate program to receive federal aid


  • Increase your marketability with a worldwide-recognized credential.
  • Engage with the award-winning, full-time faculty from J.B. Speed School of Engineering.
  • Take advantage of the flexibility and convenience of 100% online classes.
  • Complete your certificate in just under a year of study.
  • Skip the GRE – not required for admission into the certificate program.
  • Apply certificate credits toward UofL’s online Master of Science in Civil Engineering (must apply and be admitted to the master’s program separately).


Due mainly to the aging domestic infrastructure, civil engineering job opportunities are poised to grow 11% through 2026 (BLS.gov). With training in and education in structural engineering, civil engineers can stand out in the marketplace as they seek employment in fields such as structural, forensic structural, project management, commercial/non-residential, structural design, public works and many other areas.


Application Deadline Term Start Date
August 1 Fall August
December 1 Spring January
April 1 Summer May

Steps to Apply

  1. Complete graduate application
  2. Submit $40 non-refundable application free
  3. Submit official transcripts certifying the undergraduate degree from a regionally-accredited institution

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75

Send all materials to:
Graduate Admissions
University of Louisville
2211 S. Brook Street
Louisville, KY 40292

International Students – Additional Notes/Requirements

  • Bachelor's degrees earned internationally must be assessed to ensure that entrance requirements are met.
  • If you live outside of the United States and intend to complete an online academic program from your home country, be sure to view special requirements for international students.
  • A total TOEFL score of 80 or higher or an overall IELTS score of 6.5 or higher for all foreign students from counties in which English is not the native language.
  • International students will not be issued a U.S. visa if admitted to the online structural transportation certificate program, since there are no campus attendance requirements.

For more information on the admission and application process, please contact our Online Learning Enrollment Counselor at 800.871.8635 or by email at online@louisville.edu.

The Structural Engineering Certificate is comprised of 4 courses (3 required core courses and 1 elective) for a total of 12 credit hours.

Core Options

Course Hours
CEE 522 Fundamentals of Prestressed Concrete 3
CEE 626 Masonry Design or 3
CEE 523 Timber Design 3
CEE 590 Current Topics in Civil Engr: Bridge Design 3
Total Required Hours 9

Elective Courses

Course [choose 1] Hours
CEE 523 Timber Design 3
CEE 626 Masonry Design 3
CEE 665 Pavement Design 3
CEE 694 Special Topics: Building Information Modeling 3

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Course Descriptions

CEE 522 Fundamentals of Prestressed Concrete
Prerequisite: CEE 322 and CEE 421. Introduction to pre-tensioned and post-tensioned prestressed concrete. Design of precast concrete slabs, buildings, and bridges in accordance with ACI specifications and the Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) recommended practices. Application of computer programs for member analysis and design.

CEE 590 Current Topics in Civil Engr: Bridge Design
An examination of one or more topics in Civil Engineering. Details announced each semester.

CEE 626 Masonry Design
Prerequisite: CEE 421. Concepts of masonry design will be taught. The properties of masonry materials will be reviewed and the procedures for the design of typical masonry components will be presented.

CEE 523 Timber Design
Prerequisite: CEE 254 or consent of instructor. Concepts of Structural Timber design will be taught. The properties of wood materials will be reviewed and the procedures for the design of typical timber components will be presented. In addition to course assignments, and tests, required of all students, students taking this course for graduate credit will be required to complete a group design of a simple building.

CEE 665 Pavement Design
Prerequisite: CEE 450 and CEE 460. Design of flexible and rigid pavements, base courses, and subgrades. Effects of loading on pavement life. Investigation of pavement distress and rehabilitation. Introduction to pavement management systems.

CEE 694 Special Topics: Building Information Modeling
Special topic in structural engineering.