Dear Prospective Applicant,

Thank you for your interest in our graduate program. We offer Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering degree programs within the geotechnical engineering program.


Please register online by clicking here. You will also find downloadable forms at the above link.

Admission Requirements

In evaluating a student's application to the geotechnical engineering graduate program, the geotechnical faculty will consider all aspects of the student's credentials. This includes the reputation of the schools from which prior degrees were earned, academic performance in those programs, scores on entrance examinations, references, and the applicant's stated goals. Exceptional applicants seeking the Ph.D. degree can be admitted directly to the Ph.D. program without completing a master's degree. For more information, click here.

Degree Program

For more information about the Master of Science degree program, click here.  For more information about the Doctor of Philosophy degree program, click here.

Financial Assistance

Financial aid available to students ranges from loans to full fellowships. Most graduate students are supported by fellowships, research assistantships, or teaching assistantships. Awards are made on the basis of scholarship and promise for outstanding achievement. The applicant's grade point average, score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), and letters of recommendation are the primary means used for selecting new students to receive financial aid. Click here for more information.


If you have questions about graduate school in general, please contact the following:

Velma Vela, Graduate Coordinator
ECJ 4.200
Phone: (512) 232-1709
Fax: (512) 471-0592

If you have specific questions about studying geotechnical engineering in graduate school, please contact the following person:

Alicia Zapata, Senior Administrative Assistant
ECJ 9.227E
Phone: (512) 232-3682
Fax: (512) 471-6548