The graduate programs in the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering 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.
graduate study opportunities at both the master of science (MS) and PhD level:
We also offer
accelerated BS/MS programs, a Certificate in Geospatial Technology, and a Certificate in Petroleum Systems.
Students may also participate in the interdisciplinary
Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences PhD program available on campus.
Degree requirements are available from our
Courses and Checklists page and the
SD Mines Catalog. Be sure to also visit the
SD Mines Graduate Admissions page for more information on admissions and graduate degree requirements.
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 SD Mines provides assistance to international students applying for graduate admission.
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research areas and
Frequently asked questions and answers for graduate applicants
Graduate degree programs
Find forms and checklists for graduate programs here.