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Graduate Certificates | Performance Based Earthquake Engineering

Performance Based Earthquake Engineering

Entrance Exam: none
College of Engineering

The Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering now offers a Graduate Certificate Program (GCP) in Performance-Based Earthquake Engineering. The program is intended for both working professionals and graduate students enrolled at NC State. Individuals who enroll in the program must have backgrounds in structural engineering and/or geotechnical engineering, and would select the program to provide distinction in their academic records that may improve career prospects.

We accept both on-campus (primarily existing NC State graduate students), as well as distance education students through DELTA and EOL (primarily practicing professionals, but also some existing EOL NC State graduate students). The GCP will be attractive to individuals who work (or wish to work) in more active seismic areas around the country.

The course offerings have been structured such that students may tailor it to their individual goals. Each student will: (1) learn about the fundamentals of earthquake engineering through the core courses, and (2) specialize in either analysis, structural design, or geotechnical (or some combination of the three).


Students must meet these requirements for admission into the Performance-Based Earthquake Engineering Graduate Certificate Program:

  • Have a BS degree in Civil Engineering (or equivalent) from a regionally accredited four-year college or university, and have an overall and major GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Have taken at least one undergraduate course in structural analysis, reinforced concrete, and soil mechanics.

Plan of Study

The Performance-Based Earthquake Engineering GCP will require a total of 12 credit hours.

All courses for the program are currently offered. The two core courses are offered yearly, while others are offered every other year. All courses will be offered on campus and by distance.

Additional Resources

For detailed information regarding engineering online programs and how to apply and enroll, please visit the Engineering Online website.