Geotech Graduate Degrees in Oregon

May 15, 2019

A few cities in Oregon, including Portland, are home to universities with master's and/or doctoral programs in the field of geotech. Explore program options, requirements, and admission standards.

Geotech often refers to geotechnical engineering, which is usually a sub-discipline or concentration area in civil engineering and is offered as an area of study at the graduate level from a few Oregon universities. These programs may offer research-based options and/or other hands-on learning activities. Find out about 3 schools in Oregon and their geotech graduate degree programs.

Oregon Schools with Geotech Graduate Programs

Oregon State University

Students at Oregon State University in Corvallis can pursue a Master of Science (MS) or Master of Engineering (MEng) in Geotechnical Civil Engineering, as well as a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Civil and Construction Engineering with a concentration in geotechnical. Both the MS and MEng programs total 45 credits, but students in the MS program are eligible for graduate teaching or research assistantships and must choose between a thesis or non-thesis option, while MEng students take coursework only. MS students who choose the non-thesis option must still complete a technical report. The PhD program totals 108 credits, allows students to earn their master's along the way, and requires a research thesis, comprehensive exams, and attendance to the civil construction engineering graduate seminar.

Portland State University

Portland State University in Portland offers an MS, MEng, and PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering that all offer a concentration in geotechnical engineering. The MS program requires 45 credits, can be completed in 1.5 to 2 years, and has a thesis or project option where students can complete a research project that includes a technical report/presentation in place of a thesis. The MEng program can also be completed in 1.5 to 2 years, but requires 48 credits and can be taken full- or part-time. The PhD program requires at least 51 credits beyond a master's degree, a comprehensive exam, and a dissertation. Along with their written dissertation, students must present a dissertation defense.

Oregon Institute of Technology

Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls provides a unique freshman-to-master's program in civil engineering that allows undergraduate students to earn their master's in the field more quickly. Within the program, students can take courses and hands-on training in geotechnical engineering. The MS program totals 45 credits and offers a project or thesis option that also allows students to focus their studies in the geotechnical field. The program includes courses in math, globalization, and a graduate seminar in civil engineering. Students in the program have access to a variety of civil engineering labs, including a Soils Lab, Structural Engineering and Mechanics Lab, and a Design Resource Lab.

Common Entrance Requirements

Students applying to geotechnical engineering or civil engineering programs with a concentration in geotech in the state of Oregon must have at least a bachelor's degree, but some PhD programs may require students to have a master's. Some programs may expect these degrees to be in engineering or a closely related science field. Applicants may also need to meet a specific GPA requirement, typically around a 3.0. Applications for these programs generally require students to indicate their concentration of choice, in this case, geotechnical. Other application materials may include GRE scores, letters of recommendation, a resume or CV, and/or a statement of purpose.

Oregon has at least 3 schools that offer MS, MEng, and/or PhD graduate programs in geotechnical engineering. The MS usually allows students to choose a thesis or non-thesis project option, while the MEng does not usually require a final project, and the PhD usually requires a thesis or dissertation.

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