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Graduate Certificate in Geotechnical Engineering

The Graduate Certificate in Geotechnical Engineering focuses on applied advanced engineering skills needed by todays practicing geotechnical engineer. The courses are design focused for immediate transference to design applications in the United States.

Admission Requirements

Successful applicants must meet the following criteria for admission into the Geotechnical Engineering Graduate Certificate program.

  1. Completion of the online graduate application along with the non-refundable application fee.
  2. Submission of an official transcript of the baccalaureate degree directly from an ABET accredited engineering program or approved alternative.

*Students who have been admitted to the MSCE with a geotechnical focus need to apply for the Geotechnical Engineering Graduate Certificate program (application fee will not be required for those already admitted to the MSCE program).

All material must be received by The Citadel Graduate College office and evaluated by the department to receive consideration to the Geotechnical Engineering Graduate Certificate program. An undergraduate civil engineering degree from an ABET accredited engineering is required or approval degree from the department head.

Program Requirements

Students are required to complete 12 hours of graduate study within a three-year period from the time of registration in their first civil engineering graduate course at The Citadel. Students who fulfill the program requirements will earn a Graduate Certificate in Geotechnical Engineering.

Graduation Requirements (non-credit bearing)

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Graduation Requirements (Course Requirements)
All certificate candidates must:

  1. File a plan of study outlining the intended areas of interest and listing the top four corresponding courses of interest.
  2. Complete 4 courses (12 hours) from the geotechnical engineering areas of study below.

Geotechnical Engineering
CIVL 730 Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering
CIVL 731 Geo-environmental Engineering
CIVL 732 Advanced Soil Mechanics
CIVL 733 Advanced Foundations Design
CIVL 734 Soil Behavior

Course/ Certificate Availability: The courses/ certificates will be offered based on student preferences/ overall demand indicated in your plan of study to be submitted after acceptance. Students should be aware course/ certificate offerings will be based on minimum class size enrollment. The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department will continually monitor student interest to expedite completion of your program of study.

For more information, visit The Citadel Graduate College's website, or click:

You may also contact the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at 843-953-5083 or email Dr. William J. Davis, P.E. for more information about the program.

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