Accelerated BS/MS Programs

[See also:  Accelerated Masters Programs at the SD Mines Graduate Education website for more details.]

Both MS programs available through the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering -- the Paleontolgy MS degree and the Geology and Geological Engineering MS degree -- offer an accelerated BS/MS track open to students enrolled in either the BS in Geology or the BS in Geological Engineering at the SD School of Mines of Technology.

The accelerated BS/MS program is designed to permit qualified students to shorten the expected time to an MS degree by counting approved courses towards both the BS and MS degrees. Students entering the accelerated MS program must satisfy all requirements expected of traditional MS students, including writing and defending a thesis. The accelerated BS/MS program is governed by campus-wide policies as stated in the Graduate section of the online catalog.  The following additional guidelines and policies pertain to the accelerated programs within the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering.

1.    The requirement that all graduate applicants take the GRE exam is waived for students applying to the Accelerated BS/MS program. However, the GRE is often used for student grant proposals, so all students are strongly encouraged to take the GRE in their senior year.

2.    One letter of reference in the graduate application must be written by a department faculty member who agrees to become the student’s major professor if the student is admitted to the MS program. This agreement must be stated plainly in the letter of reference.

3.    Up to nine credits of approved courses may be double-counted. To be double-counted, the courses must be GEOL or GEOE courses taken at the graduate level, which includes 400/500-level courses taken at the 500-level, or 600-level courses.

4.    Accelerated students are not eligible to hold TA or RA appointments until after they have completed the BS degree. Only students who have taken the GRE are eligible for TA/RA appointments.

5.    If the final cumulative GPA for the BS degree and the cumulative graduate GPA both fall below 3.0 at the time of completion of the BS degree, the department reserves the right to drop the student from the accelerated BS/MS program. In this case, the student may make a new application to be admitted to the regular MS program, but no double-counted courses will be permitted.