Graduate Education

Our graduate programs 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.

The department offers three programs of graduate study, including a Doctor of Philsophy (PhD) and two Masters Degrees -- all with opportunities for research in a wide variety of specialty areas. SD 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.

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Geology and Geological Engineering MS
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Paleontology
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Geology, Geological Engineering, and Mining Engineering PhD
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Graduate students must elect to pursue either a Geology Specialization or a Geological Engineering Specialization, each of which has different background requirements 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 SD Mines provides assistance to international students applying for graduate admission.

Students who obtain their BS degree at SD 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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