Master of Engineering in Urban Systems Engineering


The Master of Engineering in Urban Systems Engineering program prepares students to design and maintain tomorrow’s sustainable and resilient cities. The need for sustainable and resilient cities is greater than ever, with over two-thirds of the world’s population projected to live in urban areas by 2050 and global urban cities facing myriad challenges in managing their transportation, energy, water, and waste systems. Engineers and city planners in both the public and private sector must approach cities as an integrated system of subsystems to efficiently manage and optimize resources.

To this end, the Master of Engineering in Urban Systems Engineering program integrates coursework in multiple engineering disciplines to prepare students with a deeper understanding of the intricacies of urban infrastructure systems and their interconnections and dependencies as they function as a system of systems. Students will learn how to design and manage urban infrastructure systems; how infrastructure engineering projects are planned, designed, funded, budgeted, and built; and how ever-increasing amounts of data can be used to design, operate, and understand more sustainable urban infrastructure systems.

The program combines: (1) fundamental courses in data analytics, systems analysis, and geographic information systems to understand how to approach cities as a system of systems, (2) breadth courses in areas of civil infrastructure systems, buildings and energy systems, environmental systems, and transportation systems to gain exposure to individual urban infrastructure subsystems, and (3) depth courses via technical electives in subsystem topic areas of interest.  

Minimum Credits Required 30
Maximum 400-Level Credit 9
Required Core Courses (6)
CAE 539Intro to Geographic Info Systs3
CAE 575Systems Analysis in Civil Engg3
Data Analytics Requirement (3)
Select one course from the following:3
Statistical Analysis Engg Data3
Data Mining3
Machine Learning3
Probability and Statistics3
Applied Statistics3
Data Driven Modeling3
Engineering Analysis I3
Civil Infrastructure Systems (3)
Select at least one course from the following:3
Homeland Security Concerns3
Building Env Rehab Engineering3
Structural Forensics3
Structural Reliability3
Constr Meths Estimating Budget3
Legal Issues in Civil Engrg3
Construction Cost Acctg&Cntrl3
Construction Mgmt with BIM3
Economic Decision Analysis3
UAV in Construction Projects3
Real Estate Fundamentals3
Buildings and Energy Systems (3)
Select at least one course from the following:3
Building Science3
BIM Applications for Bldg Perf3
HVAC Systems Design3
Energy Conservation Dsgn:Bldgs3
Control of Building Env. Sys.3
Applied Bldg Energy Modeling3
Net Zero Energy Home Dsgn I3
Net Zero Energy Home Dsgn II3
Renwble Engry Technologies3
Energy Envir Economics3
Elements of Sustainable Energy3
Elements of Smart Grid3
Nuclear F-F & Sust Energy Sys3
Environmental Systems (3)
Select at least one course from the following:3
Hydraulics, Hydrology, & Appl3
Stormwater Management3
Introduction to Water Resource3
Introduction to Environmental3
Water & Wastewater Engineering3
Intro Air Pollution Control3
Environmental Chemistry3
Occup Environ Health Safety3
Modeling of Envrmtl Systems3
Physcheml Prcs in Envir Eng3
Indoor Air Pollution3
Hazardous Waste Engineering3
Transportation Systems (3)
Select at least one course from the following:3
Intro Transportation Engg/Dsgn3
Demand Models for Urban Trans3
Urban Transportation Planning4
Traffic Operations & Flow Thry3
Public Transportation Systems3
Advanced Traffic Engineering3
Transportation Systems Mgnt3
Transportation Econ, Dev&Plcy3
Transportation Asset Mgmt3
Intelligent Transport Systems3
General Electives (9)
Select elective courses in areas of interest relevant to urban systems engineering9