Geotechnical Engineering, M.Sc. | Northwestern University | Evanston, United States
12 months
41442 USD/year
41442 USD/year
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The Geotechnical Engineering program at Northwestern University aims to educate graduate students to become leaders in geotechnical engineering practice and academia.


All facilities are built on, in, or with earth materials. As such, the science and engineering of soil and rock, and of the water and other fluids that permeate them, are critical for addressing national and global issues, including infrastructure construction and reconstruction, mitigation of natural hazards, and frontier exploration and development.

Geotechnical engineering is a branch of civil engineering that generally deals with problems involving soil and rock. Examples include the design of foundations for structures, tunneling, excavations, disposal of waste products by burial, dams, and a variety of similar earth-related topics.

We strive to provide a broad and fundamental educational experience. To achieve these goals, we maintain a balance between research and teaching in our program. Theory and practice, experimental and analytical techniques, and traditional and cutting-edge ideas are integrated within our research and teaching.

Career Paths

Our MS Geotechnical Engineering program at Northwestern University is focused on preparing students for geotechnical engineering practice, while exposing them to geotechnical engineering research. Our PhD program is more research-oriented. The program is tailored to fit the interests and aspirations of the individual student. Some of our PhD graduates go into engineering practice, while others pursue careers in research or teaching.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Groundwater Flow: Fate and Transport
  • Advanced Soil Mechanics 
  • Foundation Engineering
  • Rock Mechanics
  • Constitutive Models for Soils
  • Computational Geotechnics
  • Airphoto Interpretation

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Transcripts
  • Letters of Recommendation: A minimum of two recommendation letters are required.
  • Statement of Purpose: The statement should be approximately one to two pages single-spaced. In your statement be as specific as possible about the direction of your career, qualifications, research interests, and why you are choosing Northwestern.
  • GRE scores
  • English language proficiency (international students)
  • Resume
  • Writing sample and Diversity statements

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    41442 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 20721 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    41442 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 20721 USD per semester during 12 months.

Living costs for Evanston

1100 - 1500 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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