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Viterbi School Announces Two New DIstance Learning Programs in Civil Engineering

Construction Engineering and Structural Engineering MS Degrees Now Available Via School's Distance Education Network

August 08, 2005 — The University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering will offer two specialized Master of Science degree programs in Civil Engineering entirely online: Construction Engineering and Structural Engineering.  
Civil engineers across the nation will have the opportunity to stay abreast

 of this technology and receive their Master of Science degrees via the USC Viterbi School of Engineering’s innovative Distance Education Network (DEN).

“We are thrilled to add the Civil Engineering programs to our program offerings” said Kelly Goulis, Executive Director of the USC Distance Education Network.  “DEN always strives to be proactive in providing education to those industries that seek to improve the credentials of their workforce.”

The Master of Science in Civil Engineering (Construction Engineering) teaches professionals to understand and execute the broad array of technical and non-technical activities associated with construction engineering.  The student is prepared for a variety of employment opportunities in the construction industry, including working for general contractors, real estate developers and architectural engineering firms.

The Master of Science in Structural Engineering emphasizes analytical and experimental studies of the behavior of structures (e.g., buildings, bridges, and dams) under service loads (e.g., traffic) and environmental loads (e.g., wind and earthquake).  Emphasis is placed on response predictions or computations for these structures and their constituent materials (e.g., steel, reinforced concrete, and composites).  

According to Hank Koffman, USC Director of Construction Engineering, “The civil engineering profession is currently experiencing a shortage of qualified engineers to keep up with our infrastructure demands both on the domestic and international levels.  These new degrees will provide the necessary knowledge and tools for Civil Engineers to meet the new technological skills required in industry.”

The Viterbi School department of civil and environmental engineering will offer such courses as Construction Accounting and Finance; Mechanics of Solids; and Project Cost Estimating, Control, Planning and Scheduling.

USC DEN allows qualified engineers the opportunity to earn a Master of Science degree in the comfort of their home or office.  These remote students receive the exact same lectures, curriculum and exams as on-campus students, available via the Internet.  Professor-student interaction is encouraged during lectures via threaded chat and a toll-free number for call-in questions.   Homework is submitted via email or fax, and exams are carefully monitored and proctored at approved testing centers.
 Currently, students from more than 30 states and 120 cities are earning their engineering graduate degrees from a distance via DEN.  170 DEN students, mostly fully-employed engineers, completed their M.S. degrees in numerous specializations in 2005.
The USC Viterbi School of Engineering's civil engineering program is part of the school's department of civil and environmental engineering.  With 170 tenure and tenure-track and 75 research faculty, the USC Viterbi School generates more than $130 million in funded research annually. The graduate program is ranked seventh in the nation and third among private institutions in the 2006 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
More information about the program, and other distance learning alternatives, is available at http://den.usc.edu/construction (Construction Engineering) and http://den.usc.edu/structural (Structural Engineering).