24 months
25548 USD/year
25548 USD/year
12220 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The graduate program at the University of Wisconsin Madison offers training leading to the master of science and the doctor of philosophy degrees in geological engineering. Geological Engineering is a rapidly growing field of study that integrates the two disciplines of geology and engineering.


Geological engineers help find the best ways to use the earth's resources for solving technical problems while protecting the environment. The need for graduate education in geological engineering has been brought about by modern developments and activities in science and industry that have an impact on earth materials including soil, rock, water, and air. 

The area of study combines research and application methodologies of geology and of several engineering disciplines to address engineering problems in which the geologic nature of a site or geologic processes constitute major design objectives or constraints.

Emphasis in the Geological Engineering program at the University of Wisconsin Madison is on development of the student's ability to originate and perform analytical, numerical, and/or laboratory analysis techniques to address new and challenging earth-related problems associated with modern land-use practices, earthen construction, energy and mineral extraction, and environmental pollution control and remediation.

The program is expected to be of interest to students in engineering (particularly mining, civil, environmental, and mechanical) and physical sciences (particularly geology, geophysics, and geography). Students select their research topics from such areas as geotechnical and geo-environmental engineering, applied geophysics, hydrology and hydrogeology, numerical modeling of rock masses, remote sensing, rock mechanics, and soil and rock engineering.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate a strong understanding of mathematical, scientific, and engineering principles in the field.
  • Demonstrate an ability to formulate, analyze, and solve advanced engineering problems.
  • Demonstrate creative, independent problem solving skills.
  • Apply the latest scientific and technological advancements, advanced techniques, and modern engineering tools to these problems.
  • Recognize and apply principles of ethical and professional conduct.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Geological Engineering
  • Problem Solving Using Computer Tools
  • Soil Mechanics
  • Geophysics: The Dynamic Earth
  • Mineralogy
  • Elementary Petrology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®
GMAT admission requirements GMAT

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Grades: A minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale)
  • Degree: A bachelor's degree from an ABET-accredited engineering program or from a recognized international institution is preferred or bachelor’s degree in physical sciences
  • Graduate School Application Form and application fee
  • Statement of purpose
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores
  • English proficiency scores

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25548 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 25548 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    25548 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25548 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    12220 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12220 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Madison

1015 - 1752 USD /month
Living costs

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