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Geotechnics combines both the fields of rock mechanics and soil mechanics with engineering to form a comprehensive program of study. This is an interdisciplinary program with a practice-oriented project. Courses include geotechnics, soil mechanics, rock mechanics and subsurface hydrology.This graduate degree requires 30 credit hours of coursework to complete, with a minimum of 15 credit hours of geological engineering courses.

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Admissions & Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. 2.8 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
  2. Bachelor’s degree in related discipline with GPA ≥ 2.8/4.0.
  3. GRE Score: V+Q ≥ 298, A ≥ 3.0.
  4. Unofficial transcripts are sufficient for an admission decision. Missouri S&T requires official transcripts from all schools attended before a student may register for a second semester at S&T. In order for a transcript to be counted as official it must be sent directly from the school to Missouri S&T.
  5. The following courses (or equivalents) will be required for admittance to the program: GEO ENG 1150 Physical and Environmental Geology; MIN ENG 4823 Rock Mechanics or CIV ENG 3715 Fundamentals of Geotechnical Engineering; and GEO ENG 2605 Statics and Mechanics of Geological Materials.
NOTE: Individuals residing in MA are not able to enroll in this program.

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester
August 1
Spring Semester
January 1
Summer Session
May 20


  • CIV ENG 5715Intermediate Soil Mechanics3.0 Credits

    General principles of soil mechanics and their applications, including mineralogy, soil structure, flow through porous media, shear strength, slope stability and consolidation. Prerequisites: CIV ENG 3715 with grade of "C" or better.

  • GEO ENG 5381Intermediate Subsurface Hydrology And Contaminant Transport Mechs3.0 Credits

    A study of the physical/chemical properties of rocks and sediments in the subsurface environment. Emphasis is put on waterrock properties such as permeability, capillarity, and mechanical dispersion. Both microscopic and macroscopic approaches are used. Prerequisites: CIV ENG3330 & GEO ENG 5331.

  • GEO ENG 5441Engineering Geology And Geotechnics3.0 Credits

    Study of procedures and techniques used to evaluate geologic factors for site selection and the design of engineered structures. Prerequisite: GEO ENG 3175.

  • GEO ENG 5471Rock Engineering3.0 Credits

    Data requirements for design; engineering properties of rock; characterization of fractures and rock masses; stereonet analysis of discontinuities; graphic analysis of failure; ground stress distribution; tunnel construction methods; ground support principles; selection of tunneling equipment; and specifications for underground construction. Prerequisite: GEO ENG 3175.

  • GEO ENG 6400Practice Oriented Project3.0 Credits

    This class will consist of a single term project. Students will, in consultation with the instructor, pick a topic relevant to their studies, and produce a comprehensive, in depth, professionally written report, including a literature review on the state of the practice on that topic. Prerequisites: Limited to students enrolled in the Masters of Engineering (M.E.) in Geotechnics Program.

  • MIN ENG 6842Advanced Rock Mechanics3.0 Credits

    Advanced topics in static and dynamic rock mechanics; elasticity theory, failure theories and fracture mechanics applied to rock; stress wave propagation and dynamic elastic constants; rock mass classification methods for support design; pillar design in coal and metal mines; introduction to numerical models. Prerequisite: MIN ENG 4823 or CIV ENG 3715.

Tuition & Fees

Missouri Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $1200.00
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $3600.00
Missouri Non-Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $1200.00
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $3600.00
Active Duty Military Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $734.94
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $2204.82
Tuition rates are subject to change.

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