Master of Engineering

Professionally focused. Coursework only.

A master’s degree has become increasingly important for high-level professional advancement in civil and environmental engineering.

Notre Dame’s Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) graduate program is designed to advance your engineering professional practice. Faculty in the program have extensive global-level professional experience; the majority hold a professional engineering license.

The fast-paced 9-month program is tailored to professional practice and perfectly aligned with your career goals. It will connect you with the prestige, pride, and passion of Notre Dame’s global alumni family.

Degrees are offered in two areas: Structural Engineering and Environmental Engineering. The program includes synergistic professional development instruction, including opportunities to engage and network with industry professionals.

We welcome applicants from any student with a superior record any field of engineering or physical sciences.

MEng students touring a construction site on campus to investigate the building's load-bearing masonry walls. The Golden Dome is in the background.
MEng students touring a construction site to investigate the building’s load-bearing masonry walls.

Admission requirements

  • Undergraduate degree in any field of engineering or physical sciences.
  • At least three letters of recommendation.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Essay (1,000 words) regarding your ‘Personal motivation to pursue a professional engineering career’
  • Self-identification of degree choice for M.Eng. STR or ENV concentration area.

The GRE is not required.

International students are required to submit the scores of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with their applications.

Fees and financial details

Standard Notre Dame graduate fees apply.

Scholarship opportunities, based on demonstrated need and academic qualifications, may be available at $25,000 or possibly higher. Please speak with the Program Director for details.

Deadlines

Fall: December 11 (early admission) and May 28 (extended admission).

Curriculum

Our curriculum features technical core and professional development coursework geared for professional engineering practice. Optional electives allow you to personalize your degree.

Environmental Engineering

Fall Semester

Professional Development 1 (3 credits)
Solid and Hazard Waste Management (3 credits)
Water, Disease, and Global Health (3 credits)
Environmental Biotechnology (3 credits)
Advanced Physical-Chemical Water Treatment Process 1 (3 credits)

Spring Semester

Professional Development 2 (3 credits)
Geoenvironmental Engineering (3 credits)
Water Reuse (3 credits)
Advanced Physical-Chemical Water Treatment Process 2 (3 credits)

Electives

Finite Elements in Engineering
Construction Management
Resiliency of Engineering Systems
Coastal Engineering
Environmental Fluid Mechanics
Analysis and Modeling hydrologic Systems
Societal Factors and Sustainability
Special Studies: Environmental Ethics

Structural Engineering

Fall Semester

Professional Development 1 (3 credits)
Soil-Structure Interaction (3 credits)
Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering (3 credits)
Structural Masonry Assessment and Design (3 credits)
Advanced Prestressed Concrete (3 credits)

Spring Semester

Professional Development 2 (3 credits)
Bridge Engineering (3 credits)
Advanced Steel Engineering (3 credits)
Geostructural Design (3 credits)
Advanced Reinforced Concrete (3 credits)

Electives

Finite Elements in Engineering
Construction Management
Resiliency of Engineering Systems
Coastal Engineering
Geostructural Forensic Engineering

Contact

A personal interview or visit is often helpful to the admission process. To schedule a zoom interview, or for answers to questions about the program or the application process, please contact:

Jim Alleman
Program Director, Master of Engineering
176 Fitzpatrick Hall of Engineering
jalleman@nd.edu
574-631-1265

Consuelo Antonio
Program Coordinator, Master of Engineering
160 Fitzpatrick Hall of Engineering
cantonio@nd.edu

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is this degree being started at Notre Dame?

Many engineering companies are shifting their focus for new hires towards master’s-level recruits, where their higher education levels are tailored for professional practice. Notre Dame is one of several universities which now offer an advanced Master of Engineering (MEng) degree designed for this specific goal.

Why is this MEng degree different from a traditional Master of Science (M.S.) degree?

An MEng degree offers a practice-oriented education, while an M.S. degree involves a far higher level of research-related activity. 100% of an ND MEng degree is focused on professional engineering knowledge.

What are the benefits of the Master of Engineering degree?

You’ll complete your degree in just 9 months (compared to 1.5 to 2 years for an M.S. degree).

Working with faculty with significant real-world and global experience as licensed professional engineers, you’ll explore a curriculum featuring leading issues soil-structure interaction, masonry and lightweight structural design, geo-structural design, geo-environmental systems, and water reuse.

You’ll be well positioned for the job market and expected to secure accelerated career advancement benefits, including higher salaries and with a more diverse range of professional options.

Are scholarships available for the MEng degree?

Yes. Merit- and need-based scholarships are available. Please contact the Program Director for details.

What are the financial cost and benefits implications with an M.Eng. degree?

The tuition expense incurred for the MEng degree is expected to be offset by future salary and career advancement benefits, as well as by faster career entry than with an M.S. degree.