Graduate Degree Programs

Master of Engineering in Geotechnics

Program Description:
Missouri University of Science and Technology is one of the top geotechnology schools in the country. Its online master of engineering in geotechnics is an interdisciplinary program that allows students to choose courses in their area of interest.

Geotechnics combines the fields of soil mechanics and rock mechanics with engineering to form a comprehensive program of study which includes courses in geology and geotechnics, soil mechanics, rock mechanics and subsurface hydrology. It requires 30 credit hours of coursework to complete, with a minimum of 15 credit hours of geological engineering courses. In addition, courses in civil engineering, environmental engineering, geological engineering, geology and geophysics and mining engineering may be applied toward the geotechnics degree.

 Geotechnics (ME) - Course Requirements

This program is an interdisciplinary master's degree program without a required thesis component.  It requires 30 semester hours of graduate credit in courses.

The program is offered using distance-learning methods, so there is no formal residency requirement. Of the total 30 credit hours required to obtain the degree, a maximum of nine (9) credit hours of graduate-level work with a minimum grade of "B" can be transferred from other universities, if approved by the program coordinator. (Classes must have been completed in the last five years to be eligible for transfer.) The balance of the credits must be taken through Missouri S&T. A minimum of fifteen (15) credit hours must be geological engineering courses.

The following courses (or equivalents) are required courses:

Geo Eng 5381 Int. Subsurface Hydrology and Contaminant Transport 
Geo Eng 5441 Engineering Geology and Geotechnics
Geo Eng 5471 Rock Engineering
Civ Eng 5715 Intermediate Soil Mechanics or MinE 6842: Rock Mechanics II

In addition a practice-oriented project report is required for new students. This requires enrolling in three hours of GeE 6400, and producing a practice-oriented report in a topic approved by the program coordinator. 

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

Geotechnics Courses
The following courses may be taught and used towards the degree, depending on instructor availability and student demand. Other courses may be used towards the degree with approval from the program coordinator.  For the schedule of classes please click here



  • GEO ENG 5099 Research
  • GEO ENG 5235 Environmental Geological Engineering
  • GEO ENG 5237 Geological Aspects of Hazardous Waste Management
  • GEO ENG 5315 Statistical Methods in Environmental Geology and Eng
  • GEO ENG 5331 Subsurface Hydrology
  • GEO ENG 5332 Fundamentals of Groundwater Hydrology
  • GEO ENG 5381 Intermediate Subs. Hydrology and Contaminant Transport
  • GEO ENG 5415 Soil Mechanics for Geoprofessionals
  • GEO ENG 5441 Engineering Geology and Geotechnics
  • GEO ENG 5443 Subsurface Exploration
  • GEO ENG 5471 Rock Engineering
  • GEO ENG 5761 Transportation Applications of Geophysics
  • GEO ENG 5782 Environmental and Engineering Geophysics
  • GEO ENG 6099 Research
  • GEO ENG 6235 Advance Concepts of Environmental Geological Engineering
  • GEO ENG 6237 Adv. Geological & Geotechnical Design for Haz. Waste Sites
  • GEO ENG 6331 Advanced Subsurface Hydrology
  • GEO ENG 6400 Practice Oriented Project
  • GEO ENG 6407 Inca Civilization Geotechnical Engineering Practices
  • GEO ENG 6441 Geotechnical Construction Practice
  • GEO ENG 6477 Discontinuous Rock
  • GEO ENG 6625 Applications in Geological Engineering
  • GEO ENG 6782 Surface Waves (MASW) and Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR)
  • GEO ENG 6784 Advanced Engineering and Environmental Geophysics



  • CIV ENG 5715 Intermediate Soil Mechanics
  • CIV ENG 5716 Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering
  • CIV ENG 5729 Foundation Engineering II
  • CIV ENG 5744 Geosynthetics in Engineering
  • CIV ENG 6713 Dynamics of Earth Materials
  • CIV ENG 6715 Advanced Soil Mechanics
  • CIV ENG 6716 Soil Stabilization
  • CIV ENG 6717 Earth Dams and Related Problems



  • MIN ENG 5823 Rock Mechanics
  • MIN ENG 4742 Environmental Aspects of Mining
  • MIN ENG 6842 Advanced Rock Mechanics



  • EXP ENG 5612 Principles of Explosives Engineering
  • EXP ENG 5622 Blasting Design and Technology
  • EXP ENG 6412 Environmental Controls for Blasting

1. Department prerequisites will apply to individual courses.

2. Students should check the Missouri S&T Course Catalog for course descriptions, and check with instructors to determine the method of delivery, and the amount, if any, of deviation from the in-class syllabus.

Please check the Schedule of Classes for a current listing of the courses available for distance students.

  • Bachelor’s degree in related discipline;
  • GRE: V+Q ≥ 298 (1050 on previous scale), A ≥ 3.5; GPA ≥ 2.75; or enroll in Geotechnics Certificate program, complete the four core courses with a grade of “B” or better in each to advance to the graduate degree.
  • International requirement: TOEFL ≥ 560 or 80 iBT.

In addition, the following courses (or equivalents) will be required for admission to the Geotechnics ME program:

  • GEO ENG 1150 Physical and Environmental Geology
  • GEO ENG 2605 Statics and Mechanics of Geological Materials
  • MIN ENG 4823 Rock Mechanics I or CE 3715 :Elementary Soil Mechanics

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Graduate Certificates
Graduate certificate programs are a great way to start earning college credit toward a graduate degree. The GRE is not required to enter a certificate program. If you complete a Geotech certificate program with a grade of B or better in all core courses and you have the three prerequisite courses, you will be accepted into the Geotech master's degree program without taking the GRE. Classes taken for the certificate will count toward the master’s degree.

Geotechnics Graduate Certificate

*To continue in a master’s degree program, you must apply.  Click here for details .



Courses are delivered over the Internet, via live streaming video. If you are not able to watch the classes in real time, lectures are recorded and are archived online for review and easy access. Collaborative learning software includes WebEx and Canvas. Some (not many) courses may have a lab requirement, typically using materials that are mailed out.
Please check with individual instructors for specific details.

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