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Graduate Education

The graduate programs in the Department of Geology (GEOL) and Geological Engineering (GEOE) equip geologists, geological engineers, and paleontologists with strong technical backgrounds, significant research opportunities, and superior field experiences, so they are well prepared to live and work in a diverse global environment.

We offer graduate study opportunities at both the master of science (MS) and PhD level:

Degree requirements are available from our Courses page.  Students may also participate in the interdisciplinary Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences PhD program available on campus. Be sure to also visit the SDSM&T Graduate Admissions information.

Prospective students are encouraged to contact specific faculty members regarding research interests prior to applying for admission. Assistantships and fellowships are available and support is based on academic performance and/or financial need.  The Ivanhoe International Center at SDSM&T provides assistance to international students applying for graduate admission. Opportunities for international research are available through faculty research programs in Turkey, China, Mongolia, Iceland, Brazil, and other locations.

Find out more about department research areas and research facilities.

Graduate degree programs

Find forms and checklists for graduate programs here.