One of the unique characteristics of the geotechnical group at U-M is that we put a strong emphasis on graduate level education. We take pride in preparing not just geotechnical engineers, but geotechnical leaders. Thus, our group has developed a comprehensive course curriculum intended to prepare the MSc students for the geoengineering challenges of the 21st Century. A number of “core” courses are offered annually and are complemented with courses that are offered every second year.
Graduate students pursuing a MSc degree, may decide to complete the degree either in one or in two years. A student staying for one year, will be required to take all the “core” graduate courses and 2 more from the graduate courses that are offered every second year. If the student decides to complete the MSc in 1.5 or 2 years, he/she will have the opportunity to take more classes or perform independent research, that could also be extended to a PhD level. However, our course curriculum is developed in such a manner that students graduating in one year will be well prepared for the challenges they will face in their practice.
By providing the additional courses that are offered every second year, we also give the unique opportunity to PhD students to take many additional geotechnical classes during the course of their study.
A detailed list of the graduate annual courses and the courses offered every second year is provided below: