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Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Engineering Mechanics

Master of Science in Engineering Mechanics

Learn analytical, computational and experimental methods in the mechanics of solids, structures and materials.

In our program, you'll gain a deeper understanding of the fundamentals of engineering mechanics, increase your knowledge and insight of recent developments, and have the opportunity to conduct research in groundbreaking technologies, such as nanotechnology and composites.


You'll be prepared for careers at the forefront of a variety of fields, including aerospace, electronics, automotive, manufacturing, software, and computer industries, because our coursework emphasizes analytical skills, scientific breadth and research awareness. 

Areas of Emphasis

  • Composites
  • Engineering mechanics
  • Environmental
  • Geotechnical
  • Structural engineering
  • Transportation and traffic safety engineering
  • Water resources

Plan of Study

To learn more about the available courses and to view a sample plan of study, please reference our Academic Catalog.

A minimum of 33 semester hours.

  • 12 required semester hours in engineering mechanics: EGM 500, 503, 533, and 546.
  • 9 elective semester hours in engineering mechanics.
  • 6 required semester hours in mathematics: MTH 535 and 551.
  • 6 semester hours of research on an approved project or thesis. Thesis or project research may be replaced by 9 semester hours of additional coursework only with the approval of both your adviser and the program director.

Program Details

The University of Dayton Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Engineering Mechanics provides an accredited, comprehensive program that delivers the principles and hands-on methods that are fundamental to the civil engineering profession. Our broad spectrum of courses maximizes your career options and provides flexibility to concentrate in your area of interest. 

Admission Requirements

In addition to the online application, you should submit the following:

  1. Official academic records of all previously attended colleges or universities must be submitted directly from the colleges or universities to the Office of Graduate Admission Processing. Hand-carried transcripts, official copies marked Issued to Student and unofficial copies are not acceptable.
  2. Three letters of recommendation from professors or employers.
  3. A personal statement or résumé.
  4. Results from the GRE are not required. However, candidates are welcome to submit a score in support of their application.

Applicants must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited program in engineering, physics, chemistry, applied mathematics or other appropriate program of study. Applicants with a different undergraduate degree may be required to complete prerequisites. Applicants should have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average on a 4.0 scale. Some programs require higher GPAs for admission. In some cases, applicants with a GPA below 3.0 may be admitted on a conditional basis.

Additional requirements apply for international students.

Application Deadlines

Applications accepted on a rolling basis with the following approximate general deadlines:

  • Fall Term: June 15th
  • Spring Term: November 15th
  • Summer Term: March 15th

Please contact your department chair to follow up on exact deadlines.

Bachelor's Plus Master's Program

The School of Engineering Bachelor's Plus Master's (BPM) Program encourages high-performing UD undergraduate students to continue their studies and complete a Master's Degree at UD. Earn your Master's degree in an accelerated program and enjoy a deeply discounted graduate tuition rate!


Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, Dr. Deogratias Eustace, Department Chair

Kettering Laboratories
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0243