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Geoengineering M.GeoE.

CSENG Civil, Envrn & Geo-Eng (CEGE)
College of Science and Engineering
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Contact Information
Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo-Engineering, University of Minnesota, 122 Civil Engineering Building, 500 Pillsbury Drive S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-625-5522; fax: 612-626-7750)
  • Program Type: Master's
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2020
  • Length of program in credits: 30
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Master of Geoengineering
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
Emphases are in fundamental aspects of geomechanics and its applications. Research focuses on the use and development of discrete and continuum theories such as elasticity, plasticity, fracture mechanics, and poroelasticity for solving engineering problems. Numerical methods are being developed for obtaining solutions; experimental methods and novel apparatus are being developed for gathering physical evidence. Applications include processes of comminution, flow of granular materials, hydraulic fracturing, and nondestructive testing. The master of geoengineering (M.GeoE.) degree is for the practicing engineer who would like to obtain an advanced degree enrolling part-time or full-time. Students who intend to proceed to the PhD program, or who think they may later wish to be admitted to the PhD program, should apply for the master of science program. Students are expected to follow a coherent program of coursework selected with the help of a faculty advisor and approved by the director of graduate studies. Students also must demonstrate professional competence by carrying out and defending a design project or by taking a coursework-related final oral exam (without a project). The degree typically takes 2-3 semesters (12-18 months) to complete on a full-time basis or 6-8 semesters on a part-time basis. Students interested in pursuing doctoral studies should see the PhD program in civil engineering.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.
An ABET-accredited, four-year bachelor's degree in engineering is required for admission.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
The application deadlines are December 3 for fall admission and August 31 for spring admission. All materials must be submitted to the online application. Additional information is available at
Applicants must submit their test score(s) from the following:
  • GRE
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 79
    • Internet Based - Writing Score: 21
    • Internet Based - Reading Score: 19
    • Total Score: 6.5
    • Final score: 80
Key to test abbreviations (GRE, TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Plan A: Plan A requires 20 major credits, 0 credits outside the major, and 10 thesis credits. The final exam is oral.
Plan C: Plan C requires 30 major credits and 0 credits outside the major. There is no final exam.
This program may be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses toward program requirements is permitted under certain conditions with adviser approval.
A minimum GPA of 3.00 is required for students to remain in good standing.
The M.GeoE. requires a minimum of 30 credits and is offered under two plans. Plan A requires preparation of a thesis/design project. The thesis/design project must be carried out by the student in consultation with a faculty advisor. Plan C is a coursework-only degree program.
Required Courses
Any courses at the 5xxx and 8xxx level from the following programs may be used: AEM, AST, BBE, BMEN, CEGE, CHEM, CHEN, CSCI, EE, ESCI, IE, MATH, MATS, ME, PHYS, STAT. Use of 4xxx level courses must be approved by the director of graduate studies and a maximum of 9 credits may be included. The following 4xxx courses may not be used: CEGE 4121, 4311, 4501, and 4522. Six credits in a minor may be included in the course credit total.
Students may count one seminar credit in the course credit total.
CEGE 8300 - Seminar: Geomechanics (1.0-3.0 cr)
Plan A
Plan A requires a minimum of 20 course credits and 10 thesis credits for the design project.
CEGE 8777 - Thesis Credits: Master's (1.0-18.0 cr)
Plan C
Plan C requires 30 course credits and must include at least two courses at the 8xxx level. Students must also complete 100 hours of project work, give an oral presentation of no less than 10 minutes, and complete two hours of ethics training.
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CEGE 8300 - Seminar: Geomechanics
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00955 - CE 8300/GeoE 8300
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Presentations on various topics.
CEGE 8777 - Thesis Credits: Master's
Credits: 1.0 -18.0 [max 50.0]
Prerequisites: Max 18 cr per semester or summer; 10 cr total required [Plan A only]
Grading Basis: No Grade
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
(No description) prereq: Max 18 cr per semester or summer; 10 cr total required [Plan A only]