Practical Exams

The practical exam is designed to assess whether a student has accomplished the MS program goals: 

  • Mastery of substantive knowledge
  • Proficiency in geotechniques
  • Development of analytical and communication skills

The exam will last exactly one week during which time students are expected to better define their research question, collect appropriate data to answer their question, analyze the data, and write up the results.  Final reports should be no longer than 20 pages, double spaced.  More detailed information about the practical exam can be found in the Guide to Graduate Studies.