BETHLEHEM, PA.—Lehigh University has enrolled the first class of students in its new master’s of engineering (M.Eng.) in structural engineering degree program. The 10-month residential program is designed to give civil engineers a competitive advantage in the design and analysis of large structures. Courses in the project-based professional degree are taught by engineers currently working in the field.

The program features a three-course sequence in structural design in which students work on a group project and a small-team project under the guidance of a professor of practice. The group project focuses on the design of a building, bridge, or other major structure. In the small-team project, students explore design challenges, such as urban renewal in the United States or construction of water systems in the developing world.

The M.Eng. program is offered to students with new bachelor’s degrees as well as to practicing professionals.