Geology - Engineering Geology

Students studying for the Master of Science in Engineering Geology learn advanced geology and engineering principles while completing a directed research thesis. That research project is generally in a cutting edge area emphasizing engineering problems related to shallow subsurface geology that can be inferred using a variety of subsurface imaging and geologic techniques.

Our Faculty

The Department of Geology and Environmental Science faculty maintain research programs to study topics as diverse as:

  • ground water
  • pollution impacts
  • microbe-mineral interactions
  • environmental change
  • biodiversity
  • remote sensing of buried structures

External funding and alumni support allow faculty to support student research. The faculty provides a broad-based education focused on both academic and applied aspects of the geological and environmental sciences.


Admission Requirements

  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose

This program is for the graduate engineer and geologist who wishes to broaden expertise in the other field.  The entering student who has some deficiencies in either engineering or geology may have to satisfy one or more of the following requirements while proceeding with graduate studies.  A committee of engineering geology faculty will determine appropriate coursework on an individual basis.

  • 3370:101 Introductory Physical Geology
  • 3370:210 Geomorphology
  • 3370:350 Structural Geology
  • 3450:221,2,3 Analytical Geometry Calculus I, II, III
  • 4300:201 Statics
  • 4300:202 Introduction to Mechanics of Solids
  • 4300:313 Soil Mechanics
  • 4300:314 Geotechnical Engineering

Application Deadline

Applications to the master's degree program in Geology - Engineering Geology are accepted on a rolling basis.


Additional Information

Hands-on Research

Graduate student tuition waivers and paid assistantships are awarded on a competitive bases.

Engineering geology students apply state-of-art field and laboratory techniques to study geologic and environmental issues in Ohio and around the world. Students use modern equipment in the field for computer mapping, and in the laboratory for studying the chemical, mineralogical, magnetic, biologic, and physical properties of rock, sediment and water samples. Many courses have a component that involves a practical problem that is examined using field and laboratory methods. 

Field trips throughout Ohio and to locations such as the Bahamas, Rocky Mountains, and Adirondacks expose students to a wide range of geology.

M.S. thesis research projects allow students to explore topics of interest in great depth, and with the guidance of a faculty mentor.

Real-World Experience

Engineering Geology students gain the skills necessary to compete in the workforce or continue in a graduate program. Research studies by departmental students and faculty have been applied to solving local environmental issues such as:

  • the effects of dam removal along the Cuyahoga River;
  • monitoring ground water flow and contamination;
  • mapping resources in Metro Parks; and
  • laboratory analyses for local industries.

Geology Student Organizations

Interact with other geology students and professionals in the field through organizations such as:

• Geology Club
• Student chapter of the Association of American Petroleum Geologists

Assistantship/Scholarship Information

All assistantships (and any fellowships) are awarded through the academic department. Students interested in obtaining an assistantship must apply. New students may indicate on their online application for admission that they would like to be considered for an assistantship. Current students must contact the academic department for application information. Each department may have different requirements for assistantship applicants, so all students should contact the academic department to determine these particular requirements. Only those students fully admitted to a master’s or doctoral degree-seeking program are eligible for a graduate assistantship. Students admitted as non-degree seeking or to a certificate program may not hold an assistantship.

Financial Aid Information

Paying for college is a vital part of the education process! it is important to be informed of the many sources of aid available. Student loans are available to degree-seeking graduate students. Information on student loans can be found through the Office of Student Financial Aid. The Office of Student Financial Aid is located in Simmons Hall.

Tuition and Fees

Current tuition and fees schedules can be found through the Office of Student Accounts.

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