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Graduate Program

Master of Science in Geosystems Engineering

The Master of Science in Geosystems Engineering program at Tufts includes coursework with or without a thesis. The M.S. without thesis can be completed in one year. The program allows flexibility for the student to develop a program of courses that best meets their educational goals. The program is designed either for individuals who desire to pursue a career in engineering practice within the private or public sector or for those who are interested in obtaining a Master's degree before pursuing a Ph.D.

"In the Tufts CEE Master’s program, I had the opportunity to fine-tune my understanding of geotechnical engineering. The program imparts a good balance of academic and practical knowledge, which comes from learning from eminent researchers and seasoned practitioners."
-Justin Dominguez, MSCE 2007, Geotechnical Project Manager at GEI Consultants, Inc.

"The Tufts CEE master’s degree allowed me to hit the ground running in developing my career as a geo-environmental engineer. I was exposed to diverse coursework that examined real life issues and various ways to attack these challenges."
-Geoffrey Schwartz, MSCE 1999, Senior Project Manager at GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.


  1. Required core courses (four credits)

    • CEE-128 Nonlinear Analysis of Materials
    • CEE-242 Advanced Soil Mechanics
    • CEE-244 Laboratory and In-Situ Measurement of Soil Properties
    • CEE-245 Geomechanics
    • CEE-247 Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering
  2. Professional practice (two credits)

  3. Electives (four credits)
    Students choose five electives that allow for specialization to best meet the student's interests and desired educational goals, with approval of their faculty advisor. The specialties of Tufts' Geosystems Program center around geotechnical engineering, geohazards engineering, geohydrology, and geomechanics. Courses within these areas are listed below. Other courses may be considered for electives following discussion with faculty advisor.

    Elective options:

    • CEE-106 Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering
    • CEE-113 Groundwater
    • CEE-114 Field Methods in Geohydrology
    • CEE-143 Site Remediation
    • CEE-146 Foundation Engineering
    • CEE-149 Earth Support Systems
    • CEE-187 Geographic Information Systems
    • CEE-214 Environmental and Water Resource Systems
    • CEE-29X Master's Thesis (up to two credits)