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 539Introduction to Geographic Information Systems3
CAE 575Systems Analysis in Civil Engineering3
Data Analytics Requirement (3)
Select one course from the following:3
Statistical Analysis of Engineering Data3
Data Mining3
Machine Learning3
Probability and Statistics3
Applied Statistics3
Data Driven Modeling
Engineering Analysis I3
Civil Infrastructure Systems (3)
Select at least one course from the following:3
Homeland Security Concerns in Engineering Systems3
Building Envelope Rehabilitation3
Structural Forensic Engineering
Structural Reliability and Probabilistic Bases of Design3
Construction Methods, Cost Estimating, and Project Budgeting
Legal Issues in Civil Engineering3
Construction Business Operations and Cost Accounting & Control3
Construction Management with Building Information Modeling3
Economic Decision Analysis in Civil Engineering3
Applications of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs or "Drones") for Construction Projects
Real Estate Fundamentals for Engineers and Architects3
Buildings and Energy Systems (3)
Select at least one course from the following:3
Building Science3
Building Energy Modeling3
HVAC Systems Design
Energy Conservation in Buildings3
Control of Building Environmental Systems
Applied Building Energy Modeling3
Net Zero Energy Building Design I3
Net Zero Energy Building Design II3
Renewable Energy Technologies3
Energy, Environment, and Economics3
Elements of Sustainable Energy3
Elements of Smart Grid3
Nuclear, Fossil-Fuel, and Sustainable Energy Systems3
Environmental Systems (3)
Select at least one course from the following:3
Hydraulics, Hydrology, and Their Applications3
Stormwater Management3
Introduction to Water Resources Engineering3
Introduction to Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Design3
Water and Wastewater Engineering3
Introduction to Air Pollution Control3
Environmental Chemistry3
Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety
Modeling of Environmental Systems3
Physicochemical Processes in Environmental Engineering3
Indoor Air Pollution3
Hazardous Waste Engineering3
Transportation Systems (3)
Select at least one course from the following:3
Introduction to Transportation Engineering and Design3
Demand Models for Urban Transportation3
Urban Transportation Planning4
Traffic Operations and Flow Theory3
Public Transportation Systems3
Advanced Traffic Engineering3
Transportation Systems Management3
Transportation Economics, Development and Policy3
Transportation Asset Management3
Intelligent Transportation Systems3
General Electives (9)
Select elective courses in areas of interest relevant to urban systems engineering9