Overview
The growing challenges of the construction industry in line with the increasing number of the project complexity demand an improvement in Civil Engineering education for practitioners/professionals in the that world.
Facing the challenges of the global era, the Civil Engineering Department, Petra Christian University, which was established in 1962, developed a tiered education by opening the Postgraduate Master’s program of Civil Engineering in 1995. As one proof of the quality of this Master’s Program in Civil Engineering is the predicate SUPERIOR obtained from the National Accreditation Board in 2000 which until now still holds the highest rank among Civil Engineering Master’s Program of Private Universities in Indonesia.
Curriculum Development
Since the beginning of its establishment, only Construction Management major, now a Master’s program in Civil Engineering, has expanded its concentrations of study by adding two new concentrations, namely Structure and Geotechnics. The development of concentration of study is expected to meet the professionals’ need to gain an integrated knowledge and insight in civil engineering, in terms of the technical and managerial aspects, as well as in meeting the changes that occur. The Construction Management program is aimed at building a competence for a professional project manager who is able to manage various aspects of a project and who is able to take the right decision. One of the courses offered is HVAC (Heating, Ventilating and Air Condition) & Building Service Systems.
Structure is aimed at providing knowledge of design engineering and analysis of earthquake-resistant high-rise buildings. Forensic Engineering, Structural Evaluation, and Retrofitting of Structures are among the specific courses that can improve the understanding of retrofit engineering, of building maintenance, and of forensic techniques to investigate cases that impinge on a building (e.g. by fire or earthquake).
Geotechnics is a concentration that will profoundly study ground engineering that includes the character, strength, stability, and instrumentation. Students are also introduced to Soil Dynamics and Geo-environmental, which is a special course, such as eco-friendly land management.
There are three programs offered, namely the Regular Program, Dual Masters' Degree and Professional Program (Non-Degree). Until now there are 114 regular program alumni who hold a Master of Engineering working within their appropriate profession both at home and abroad.
"Dual Master's Degree"
The curriculum is done through benchmarking at several international universities including Illinois Institute of Technology (Chicago-USA), and the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT-Bangkok).
The cooperation program with AIT gives the opportunity for students to join a dual Master's degree program in civil engineering in Petra and AIT (PETRAIT). Through PETRAIT participants are expected to obtain insight and international experiences (think globally, act locally). Now there are 13 alumni holding a Magister Teknik (from Petra) and Master of Engineering (from AIT) with a variety of professions at various foreign countries.
In addition to the Regular program and PETRAIT, there is an opportunity for practitioners to improve their professionalism through Non-Degree "Certificate" program. 
 PCU also provides scholarships as a form of caring in education, one of which is a special scholarship for scholars in the eastern parts of Indonesia.
The opportunity to join PCU’s Postgraduate Master’s Program of Civil Engineering is open to the undergraduates in Civil Engineering for Structural and Geotechnical concentration of study and to the undergraduates for Construction Management concentration.
As a technology and information-based university, PCU provides facilities for students to access information centers in the world through the Internet network services that support the students to develop their knowledge and insight independently. In addition, the library facilities through the website make it easy for students to obtain services without going to the library.
Admission of new students is held three times a year, namely in January, May and August. The lectures are held in the evening, Monday-Friday, 18:00-21:00 o'clock so as to give opportunity for those who work in the morning to join the lectures. Teaching and learning rooms are equipped with air conditioners, dinner and up-to-date learning media.
Semakin besarnya tantangan industri konstruksi seiring dengan semakin bertambahnya jumlah proyek berikut kompleksitasnya, menuntut peningkatan pendidikan Teknik Sipil yang lebih tinggi bagi para praktisi/ profesional di dunia konstruksi.
Menghadapi tantangan era global, Program Studi Teknik Sipil Universitas Kristen Petra yang telah didirikan sejak tahun 1962, mengembangkan pendidikan berjenjang dengan membuka Program Studi Magister Teknik Sipil pada 1995. Sebagai salah satu bukti kualitas Program Magister Teknik Sipil ini adalah pernah diperolehnya predikat UNGGUL dari Badan Akreditasi Nasional pada tahun 2000 yang sampai saat ini masih memegang peringkat terbaik diantara Program Magister Teknik Sipil Universitas Swasta di Indonesia.
Pengembangan Kurikulum
Pada awal berdirinya hanya bidang studi Manajemen Konstruksi, kini Magister Teknik Sipil telah memperluas bidang studinya dengan menambah dua bidang studi baru yaitu Rekayasa Struktur dan Rekayasa Geoteknik. Pengembangan bidang studi ini diharapkan memenuhi profesional untuk memperoleh pengetahuan dan wawasan teknik sipil yang terintegrasi, baik dari aspek teknik, manajerial maupun perubahan-perubahan yang terjadi. Manajemen Konsatruksi, di sini diarahkan menjadi manajer proyek profesional yang mampu mengelola berbagai aspek dalam suatu proyek serta mampu mengambil keputusan yang tepat. Salah satu mata kuliah yang ditawarkan adalah HVAC (Heating, Ventilating and Air Condition) & Building Services Systems.
Struktur, guna memperoleh pengetahuan teknik desain dan analisis bangunan tinggi tahan gempa. Forensic Engineering, Structural Evaluation, and Retrofitting of Structures merupakan salah satu mata kuliah spesifisik yang dapat melengkapi pemahaman teknik retrofit dan pemeliharaan bangunan yang sudah dipakai serta teknik forensik untuk menyelidiki kasus yang menimpa pada suatu bangunan (misal akibat kebakaran, gempa).
Geoteknik, merupakan program yang akan mempelajari secara lebih mendalam teknik tanah yang meliputi karakter, kekuatan, kestabilan, dan instrumentasi. Mahasiswa juga dikenalkan pada Soil Dynamic dan Geoenvironmental, yang merupakan mata kuliah khusus, misalnya pengelolaan tanah yang ramah lingkungan.
Ada 3 program yang ditawarkan yaitu Program Reguler, Dual Masters’ Degree dan Program Profesional (Non-Gelar). Sampai saat ini sudah terdapat 225 alumni program Reguler yang bergelar Magister Teknik bekerja sesuai profesinya baik di dalam maupun di luar negeri.
“Dual Master's Degree”
Penyusunan kurikulum dilakukan dengan benchmarking pada beberapa universitas bertaraf internasional antara lain Illinois Institute of Technology (Chicago-USA), dan Asian Institute of Technology (AIT-Bangkok).
Program kerja sama dengan AIT membuka kesempatan untuk mengikuti program dual master’s degree teknik sipil di Petra dan AIT (PETRAIT). Melalui PETRAIT peserta diarahkan memiliki wawasan dan pengalaman internasional (think globally act locally). Kini ada 17 alumni bergelar Magister Teknik dan Master of Engineering dengan berbagai profesi  dimancanegara.
Selain program Reguler dan PETRAIT, dibuka kesempatan bagi para praktisi untuk meningkatkan profesionalismenya melalui program Non-Gelar “Sertifikat”.
UK Petra juga memberikan beasiswa sebagai wujud kepedulian di bidang pendidikan, salah satunya adalah beasiswa khusus bagi para akademisi di kawasan Indonesia Timur.
Kesempatan bergabung dengan Program Studi Magister Teknik Sipil UK Petra terbuka bagi lulusan S1 Teknik Sipil untuk bidang studi Struktur dan Geoteknik dan lulusan S1 Teknik untuk bidang studi Manajemen Konstruksi.
Sebagai Universitas berbasis teknologi dan informasi menyediakan fasilitas kepada mahasiswa untuk mengakses pusat-pusat informasi di dunia melalui layanan jaringan internet yang mendukung mahasiswa untuk mengembangkan pengetahuan dan wawasan secara mandiri. Selain itu fasilitas perpustakaan pada website memberikan kemudahan bagi mahasiswa untuk memperoleh layanan tanpa hadir di perpustakaan.
Penerimaan mahasiswa baru dilaksanakan 1 tahun 2 kali yaitu Januari dan Agustus, yang perkuliahannya diadakan pada malam hari, Senin-Jumat, pukul 18.00-21.00 sehingga memberi peluang bagi yang bekerja di pagi hari untuk mengikuti perkuliahn pada malam hari. Ruang kegiatan belajar mengajar dilengkapi dengan penyejuk ruangan, makan malam dan media pembelajaran mutakhir..