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Graduate Program


Master of Science Degree

Both thesis and course-work only options are available for obtaining the M.S. degree. The course-work only option requires 32 semester credit hours. The thesis option requires completion of 30 semester credit hours, with five or six hours devoted to thesis research and one hour to a course on technical communications. The thesis option includes a final defense and both options have a minimum residency requirement of one academic year.


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Doctor of Philosophy Degree

The doctoral program, which is tailored to the specific interests of the student, focuses on expanding professional knowledge in the fundamental concepts of geotechnical engineering. The student is expected to produce a research dissertation of professional significance that could be the basis of one or more papers published in refereed journals. The doctoral degree requires a minimum of 48 hours of post-graduate course work and 41 hours of dissertation research.  Thirty hours of CEES courses and 12 hours outside of CEES are required. One hour must be devoted to technical communications.

Topics of Study Include:

• static and dynamic behavior of soils
• soil-structure interaction
• constitutive modeling
• unsaturated soil mechanics and dynamics
• large- and small-scale laboratory evaluations of soil properties
• foundation engineering
• influence of physico-chemical properties on mechanical behavior of soils
• in-situ testing and centrifuge modeling of static and dynamic behavior of soils including pollutant
   transport processes