A Geological/Geotechnical Engineering master’s program teaches you to apply geological knowledge and engineering principles to solve technical problems while protecting the environment.

Is this program right for you?

The Geological/Geotechnical Engineering master’s program from the University of Wisconsin–Madison is interdisciplinary, taught by faculty from the College of Engineering and the College of Letters and Sciences. Our program integrates expertise from geology and engineering, so you acquire deep understanding of the interrelation between nature and the built environment.


In just one year, learn to solve a variety of practical problems associated with rock and soils using principles of sustainable engineering. Combine your knowledge of geology with your engineering expertise to build structures, manage groundwater and surface water resources, construct subsurface repositories for waste disposal, and design systems to help extract mineral resources.


Our program is dynamic. You work with engineering and geoscience professors, visiting professors, academic staff members, and a cadre of research graduate and undergraduate students. Choose your electives based on your specific career or research needs. Research topics include geoenvironmental engineering, water resources, hydrology, hydrogeology, soil dynamics, and many more.


In the UW–Madison Geological/Geotechnical Engineering master’s program, you develop strong skills in geoenvironmental engineering, groundwater technology, hydrogeology, rock and soil mechanics, geophysics, and geology. Graduate ready to excel in your field, whether it be consulting, petroleum and gas industries, mining, federal and state laboratories, or research.


What you Learn

  • Apply latest technologies in the fields of energy, minerals, and mining
  • Demonstrate best practices for sustainability and environmental protection
  • Solve problems caused by geohazards such as landslides and earthquakes
  • Design civil engineering infrastructure such as dams, levees, and foundations
  • Recommend solutions to protect groundwater and surface water resources
  • Develop professional oral communications and presentation skills

Where & How you learn


  • Accelerated
  • Face-to-face


  • Complete the program in one academic year (fall, spring, summer)
  • Courses begin in fall semester only
  • 15 credits from the approved list of Geological/Geotechnical Engineering Specialization courses
  • 6 credits from a second discipline within the approved list of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) specialization courses, based on your career interests
  • 3 credits from a third discipline within the approved list of CEE specialization courses, based on your career interests
  • 5 credits of Independent Study
  • 1 credit in Graduate Student Seminar

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All applicants must:

  • Meet all of the requirements of the Graduate School
  • Have a Bachelor’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from an ABET-accredited engineering program or from a recognized international institution is preferred
  • Submit a 1,000 word or fewer statement of purpose; include your technical areas of interest, coursework emphasis, research experience, professional goals, faculty members you are interested in working with, and any other items relevant to your qualifications for graduate school
  • Submit three letters of recommendation
  • Non-native English speakers must have a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of 580 (written) or 92 (Internet version)
  • Application Deadline: December 15th

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