Earn your master’s in geological engineering working in the natural classroom of Alaska, in a hands-on program that focuses on issues specific to the Arctic.
With its cold climate and permafrost, Alaska presents unique challenges for engineers. Everywhere you look, a geological engineering problem is waiting to be solved. Our program takes full advantage of this unique location, offering opportunities for field-based research you won’t find anywhere else in the world — from mapping landslides in areas with recent LiDAR coverage to produce landslide inventory maps, to conducting rockfall analyses for hazardous slopes adjacent to major highways.
Alumni of our master’s in geological engineering are highly sought after by employers around the globe, and 100% of our graduates are employed within three months of degree completion.
What Is Geological Engineering?
Geological engineering combines geology and engineering concepts to mitigate geohazards such as landslides, ensure safe construction at a site, find and manage groundwater, and locate mineral resources. Geological engineers are also interested in what the terrain can tell us about the stability of the soil or rock underneath.
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Why Earn Your Geological Engineering Degree at the University of Alaska Fairbanks?
Field-based research and experiential learning in the unique geological landscape of the Arctic. Award-winning faculty with diverse research experience. Small classes in which you interact one-on-one with your instructors. Affordable tuition and a proven track record of return on investment. The University of Alaska Fairbanks offers all of this and more for students interested in geological engineering.
I found that geological engineering at UAF is full of amazing opportunities and has a very good balance between work in the field and work indoors. During the summer, I might be out hiking on frozen debris lobes along the Dalton Highway, and then comping inside in the fall and processing data. I’m also involved in research investigating landslides around the Fairbanks area, an opportunity that’s only available here in Alaska. Jaimy Schwarber, M.S. in Geological Engineering
What Can You Do With a Geological Engineering Degree?
With a master’s in geological engineering from UAF, you can count on finding a career in your field: 100% of our program alumni are employed within three months of graduating.
Our graduates work for state agencies such as the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys, and Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. Many students also go on to careers with federal agencies, private consulting companies, and resource development companies.
Alaska has one of the highest concentrations of geological engineering jobs in the nation, and our advisors work closely with each and every student to identify career opportunities after graduation.
Geological Engineering Degree Requirements
The geological engineering master’s degree program at UAF provides training in recognizing and mitigating problems associated with frozen ground, such as frost heaving, thaw settlement and slope stability in a permafrost environment.
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