Graduate Degree Programs in Underground Construction and Tunneling

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Degrees Offered
    Underground Construction &
M.S., Ph.D.
Enrollment Details
Participating Staff
   Academic Faculty  10
Admissions Information
   GRE General Test is required
   GRE Subject Test is not required
   TOEFL exam is required (international)
Admissions Statistics
   Average GRE Quantitative  157
   Average GRE Verbal  153
   Average GPA (4.0 scale)  3.56

Underground Construction and Tunneling (UC&T) is an interdisciplinary field primarily involving civil engineering, geological engineering and mining engineering, and secondarily involving mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, geophysics, geology and others. UC&T deals with the design, construction, rehabilitation and management of underground space including caverns, shafts and tunnels for commercial, transportation, water and wastewater use. UC&T is a challenging field involving complex soil and rock behavior, groundwater conditions, excavation methods, construction materials, structural design, groundwater flow, heterogeneity, and very low tolerance for deformation due to existing infrastructure in urban environments. Students pursuing a graduate degree in UC&T will gain a strong and interdisciplinary foundation in these topics.

The graduate degree program in UC&T is offered jointly by the Departments of Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE), Geology & Geological Engineering, and Mining Engineering, Designated UC&T faculty in each department are collectively responsible for the operations of the UC&T program.

Financial assistance for graduate studies is available and may be in the form of Teaching Assistantships (TA), Research Assistantships (RA) or Fellowships. Generally, financial assistance is reserved for students pursuing a MS Thesis or PhD. Applicants are encouraged  to apply by the deadline to receive adequate consideration for funding. Please see full submission and credential deadline information.

Degree Programs

  • Master of Science in Underground Construction & Tunneling (Thesis and Non-Thesis)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Underground Construction & Tunneling


The UC&T program conducts research through the Center of Excellence in Underground Construction & Tunneling (Center for UC&T). The Center for UC&T is dedicated to advancing knowledge through research and works closely with industry partners. Please visit the Center for UC&T to learn more about current research projects that take on the challenges unique to the UC&T industry.


UC&T Graduate Degree Program
Tim VanHaverbeke
Phone: 303-273-3467
FAX: 303-273-3413

Center of Excellence in Underground Construction & Tunneling
Dr. Mike Mooney, Director
Phone: 303-384-2587

Dr. Wendy Zhou, Academic Program Director


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