Graduate Education

Our graduate programs equip geologists, geological engineers, and paleontologists with strong technical backgrounds, significant research opportunities, and excellent field and laboratory experiences, so they are well prepared to succeed in a diverse global environment.

The department offers three programs of graduate study, including a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and two Masters Degrees -- all with opportunities for research in a wide variety of specialty areas. South Dakota Mines offers the only Paleontology Masters Degree in the nation. Our graduates leave well prepared for careers in industry, academia, applied research, or employment with state and federal agencies.


Geology and Geological Engineering MS
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Geology, Geological Engineering, and Mining Engineering PhD
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Graduate students in the Geology and Geological Engineering MS program pursue either a Geology Specialization or a Geological Engineering Specialization. Graduate students in the Geology, Geological Engineering, and Mining Engineering PhD program pursue a specialization in Geology, Geological Engineering, or Mining Engineering. Those interested in paleontology at the PhD level enroll in the Geology Specialization. Each specialization has different background and program requirements. The available coursework and current faculty expertise support the following areas of concentration:

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. Find out more about department research areas and research facilities.

The Ivanhoe International Center at South Dakota Mines provides assistance to international students applying for graduate admission.

Students who obtain their BS degree at South Dakota Mines have access to an Accelerated Masters Program that allows achievement of both BS and MS degrees in as little as five years. Students may also participate in the interdisciplinary Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences, PhD program available on campus.

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