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Graduate Certificate Program

Department of Geological Sciences & Engineering
(Geological & Petroleum Engineering; Geology & Geophysics)

Program Description:
This certificate program is designed to provide formalized engineering education to practitioners in geology, geological engineering, mining engineering and geotechnical engineering.

One of the following courses (or equivalents) is required prior to admittance into the program.

  • GEO ENG 1150: Geology for Engineers or GEO ENG 1050: Physical Geology
  • MIN ENG 4823: Rock Mechanics I or CIV ENG 3715: Elementary Soil Mechanics

The student must take the following 5000-level courses:

  • GEO ENG 5441: Engineering Geology and Geotechnics
  • GEO ENG 5471: Rock Engineering
  • GEO ENG 5381: Intermediate Subsurface Hydrology And Contaminant Transport Mechanics
  • CIV ENG 5715: Intermediate Soil Mechanics or MIN ENG 6842 Rock Mechanics II

* Curriculum is subject to change. Other courses approved by the program coordinator may be substituted for any of the above listed courses on a case-by-case basis.

Students who successfully complete the certificate program will automatically be admitted to the master of engineering in geotechnics. The certificate courses will be counted toward the ME degree and no GRE score will be required for admission.

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Admission Requirements

Admission requirements to the certificate program include an undergraduate degree (BS or equivalent), and the necessary prerequisites to the required courses (Prerequisites may be waived on a case-by-case basis by the course instructors). A GRE score is not required for admittance into the certificate program.

The student must have an average cumulative grade of 3.0 (B-grade) or better in the four certificate courses, and complete the requirements in three years or less to obtain their certificate.

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Gainful Employment Disclosure

Gainful Employment Program Disclosure

Effective July 1, 2011, the Department of Education requires that all certificate programs must disclose particular Gainful Employment information to current and prospective students. The information that is provided in the disclosure includes the estimated cost of the certificate program as well as on-time graduation and job placement rates for this particular certificate program. The disclosure information is based on data from the 2014-15 school year (defined as the period between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2015).

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Application Items

Completed Application
$55 Application Fee
Statement of Purpose 

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Graduate Degrees

Graduate certificates were designed as a gateway to a master’s degree. If a student earns a B or better in each certificate course they may continue for the graduate degree (in the corresponding department), without needing to submit GRE/GMAT scores, or letters of recommendation. A student does not need to continue on for the graduate degree, however most do. Graduate certificates were designed for working professionals who have real life work experience and may not have time to take the GRE/GMAT. Admission requirements for the graduate certificate program are also more relaxed than the graduate degree. This graduate certificate may act as a gateway to the following master’s programs:

Geotechnics (ME)

(Applicants must indicate which program they wish to use the certificate as a gateway for when initially applying for the certificate).

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