Geotechnical Engineering

Students interested in geotechnical engineering develop inter-disciplinary programs that combine geotechnical graduate courses with courses in transportation, water resources, environmental, and structural engineering. The plan of study is developed in consultation with the student’s advisor.



All of the geotechnical courses are offered in the evenings to accommodate both full and part time students. For master’s students, all six courses may be taken in person or via distance learning. All of these courses have undergraduate Soil Mechanics (or equivalent) as a prerequisite, but this has been waived in the past for exceptional students. These courses are also open to undergraduates in Villanova’s CEE program provided the student meets the criteria outlined in the course catalog. Undergraduates could take these courses as a Technical Elective, Free Elective, or as part of the combined BS/MS program. PhD students will develop their own personalized plan of study based upon their research interests and prior coursework.


Students pursuing full time study typically perform research that culminates in the submission of a thesis for a master’s student. PhD students must perform research that culminates in the submission of a dissertation.