Scope and Objectives
Graduate study in geotechnical engineering at Oregon State University emphasizes the integration of the principles of soil mechanics and the art of foundation and earth structure engineering. Theory is prominent, but it is constantly and critically re-evaluated with respect to its limitations and applicability to the practice of good geotechnical engineering. The M.S. and M.Eng. Programs prepare students for careers in consulting, design, development, regulation, or construction. Additionally, the M.S. program provides the background for students more interested in research, teaching, or specialization to pursue the Ph.D. degree.
Program of Study
The program of study for the M.S. and M.Eng. degrees consists of a minimum of 45 credit hours, of which two-thirds of the work must be in the major area and one-third in the minor area. For the M.S. degree, a student with major professor approval may elect a thesis or non-thesis (technical report) option; a maximum of 12 credit hours is allowed for the thesis and 6 for a non-thesis option. Students who are supported with a GTA or GRA position must produce a research thesis.
Alternatively, the M.Eng. degree requires coursework only; students pursuing the M.Eng. degree are generally not supported with GTA or GRA positions.
Recommended Electives and Minor Concentrations
Geotechnical engineers work in multi-disciplinary settings, spending significant time in collaboration with structural, construction, and environmental engineers. The following courses are highly recommended for all geotechnical engineering graduate students.
Additional courses may be selected at the discretion of the major professor.