Rose-Hulman is responding to the growing demand for structural engineers in a unique and creative way with the latest addition to its Rose Squared(R) portfolio.2) program that will allow students to earn both a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a Master of Civil Engineering specializing in Structures in only four years – and at no additional cost.
With aging infrastructure, regulatory changes, and a growing population, the demand for civil engineers remains incredibly high. National projections show the sector growing by about 10% over the next decade, and these projections were made prior to the passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA).
The bill provides $550 billion in new spending over the coming years to improve US infrastructure, including bridges, ports, airports and electric vehicle charging – all areas where structural engineers will be in high demand, especially those with master’s degrees. Those that allow for more. Professional opportunities and high profile projects.
President Robert A. “The high demand for Rose-Hulman civil engineering majors is due to their hands-on experience in classes and internships,” Koons said. “100% of our civil engineering majors are working for some of the world’s top companies after graduation. This latest dual degree offering only increases the value of our civil engineering graduates in the marketplace, and equips them with the skills they need to make an immediate impact on employers and their communities.
The Master of Civil Engineering degree specializing in structures at Rose-Hulman is the latest in r2 program, which allows eligible students to put their Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and other earned college credits to work for them. The program also offers a Master of Engineering Management degree track for all majors.
In the Structural Engineering track, civil engineering students will have the flexibility to take graduate-level structural engineering courses during the last two years of their four-year Rose-Hulman education.
The American Society of Civil Engineers reports that the US Bureau of Labor Statistics is projecting a need for 25,000 new civil engineers each year for the rest of this decade, and this number does not consider the impact of the IIJA bill.
“These degrees provide incredible opportunities for civil engineers to play a leading role in the design and construction of infrastructure and other facilities,” said Jim Hanson, PhD, department head and professor of civil and environmental engineering. “With more than half of our civil engineering majors going on to obtain their master’s at some point in their careers, and often taking two years or more, this program provides a platform for students to earn a master’s degree and expand their professional prospects. Provides a quick route and earning potential.”
R2 The program will be available to new students beginning in Fall 2023. Current Rose-Hulman students are now eligible to apply to the program.
Learn more about R2 Master of Civil Engineering in Structures and Master of Engineering Management programs at www.rose-hulman.edu/r2.