Graduate Certificate in Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering

Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Program Description   |   Curriculum   |   Course Descriptions
Admission Requirements   |   Graduate Degrees

Program Description:

This certificate program is designed to provide formalized education in the area of Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering.

Admission Requirements:

This certificate program is open to all individuals who hold a B.S., M.S., or PhD degree and who have a minimum of 12 months of post-BS professional employment experience.

Once admitted to the program, you must take four designated courses. In order to receive a graduate certificate, you must have an average cumulative grade of 3.0 or better in the certificate courses.

Students are admitted to the certificate program on a non-matriculated basis; however, if you complete the four-course sequence with a grade of B or better in each of the courses taken, you can enroll in the master's program, if you so choose. The certificate credits you've taken will count toward your master’s degree. If you do not have all of the prerequisite courses necessary to take the course in the certificate program, you can take “bridge” courses at either the graduate or undergraduate level to prepare for the formal certificate courses.

Once admitted to the program, you are given three years to complete the program so long as you maintain a B average in the courses taken.

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  • CIV ENG 5716: Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering
  • CIV ENG 6713: Dynamics of Earth Materials                                                                               

Choose two courses from the following three: 

  • CIV ENG 5715: Intermediate Soil Mechanics
  • CIV ENG 5729: Foundation Engineering II
  • CIV ENG 6712: Computer Modeling in Geotechnical Engineering 

*Other courses approved by the geotechnical engineering faculty may be substituted for any of the above listed courses on a case-by-case basis.  The Vice Provost of Graduate Studies must approve the substitution prior to enrolling in the course.

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Course Descriptions:

Course description can be found in the catalog at

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Graduate Degrees

Graduate certificates were designed as a gateway to a master’s degree. If a student earns a B or better in each certificate course they may continue for the graduate degree (in the corresponding department), without needing to submit GRE/GMAT scores, or letters of recommendation. A student does not need to continue on for the graduate degree, however most do. Graduate certificates were designed for working professionals who have real life work experience and may not have time to take the GRE/GMAT. Admission requirements for the graduate certificate program are also more relaxed than the graduate degree. This graduate certificate may act as a gateway to the following master’s programs:

Civil Engineering (MS)
Environmental Engineering (MS)

(Applicants must indicate which program they wish to use the certificate as a gateway for when initially applying for the certificate). 

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Gainful Employment Program Disclosure

Effective July 1, 2011, the Department of Education requires that all certificate programs must disclose particular Gainful Employment information to current and prospective students. The information that is provided in the disclosure includes the estimated cost of the certificate program as well as on-time graduation and job placement rates for this particular certificate program. The disclosure information is based on data from the 2017-18 school year(defined as the period between July 1, 2017, and June 30, 2018)

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