This program is an interdisciplinary master's degree program without a required research component.  It requires 30 semester hours of graduate credit in 4000, 5000 and 6000-level 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. The balance of the credits must be taken through Missouri S&T. A minimum of fifteen (15) credit hours must be geological engineering courses.

Admissions Requirements:

  • 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.

* The Geotechnics Graduate Certificate does not require the GRE or TOEFL. Successful completion of the certificate program guarantees automatic acceptance in the ME programs, and waives the GRE requirement. Classes taken for the certificate will count towrds the masters degree.

The following courses (or equivalents) will be required for admittance to the program:

  •  GeE 1150 Geology for Engineers
  •  Min E 4823 Rock Mechanics I


  • CE 3715 Elementary Soil Mechanics
  •  GE 2605 Statics and Mechanics of Geological Materials

Required Courses

The following courses (or equivalents) are required:

  • GeE 5381 Int. Subsurface Hydrology and Cont. Trans. Mechs
  • GeE 5471 Rock Engineering
  • GeE 5441 Engineering Geology and Geotechnics
  • CE 5715 Intermediate Soil Mechanics


  • 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 geotechnical-oriented project that promises results equivalent to, or superior to, that which might be expected at Missouri S&T.

By consent of the program coordinator, the following substitutions can be made (for the certificate only): 

  • GeE 5332 Subsurface Hydrology for GE 5381
  • MinE 4823 Rock Mechanics I for Min E 6842
  • GE 5415 Soil Mechanics for Geoprofesionals for CE 5715

* 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.

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