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Structural Engineering

School of Engineering and Applied Science

Graduate Certificate
Location(s): Foggy Bottom - Main Campus

Program Overview

The certificate program in structural engineering is particularly appropriate for those who wish to gain specialized knowledge in one of the following tracks:  earthquake engineering design of bridges and buildings, extreme event design of structures to resist the effects of accidental explosions and vehicular collision, concrete bridge design using the LRFD approach, and building design using the LRFD approach.

Upon completion of the certificate program in structural engineering, students will be able to design, analyze, and evaluate systems in structural engineering. Students will have a stronger understanding of the breadth of the structural engineering field and will be able to design structures for one of more of the following specialized uses: earthquake engineering of buildings and bridges, concrete bridges, extreme events, and building design.

To obtain the certificate in structural engineering, students must complete a total of four courses.

 

 

Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines:

Fall – January 15
Spring – September 1
Summer – March 1

Standardized test scores:

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required of all applicants except those who hold a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from a college or university in the United States or from an institution located in a country in which English is the official language, provided English was the language of instruction.

Prior academic records:

Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript. Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended must be uploaded to your online application. Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.

If academic records are in a language other than English, a copy in the original language and an English language translation must be uploaded. Transcript evaluations should not be uploaded. Applicants with degrees from Indian universities should upload transcripts and/or detailed marksheets.

Statement of purpose:

In an essay of 250 to 500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study at The George Washington University; describe your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans; and discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned.

Additional requirements:

Applicants should possess an undergraduate degree in engineering, the physical sciences, or applied mathematics.

International applicants only:

International applicants requiring a visa from GW are not eligible to apply for admission to this program, but may apply for the M.S., Ph.D., or a professional degree (App.Sc. or Engr.) in civil and environmental engineering with an area of focus in structural engineering.

For more information on the admission process, please visit the SEAS Frequently Asked Questions page.

Contact for questions:
engineering@gwu.edu - 202.596.7239 - 202.994.1651 (fax)
9:00 – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday
Skype: GW Engineering