Students in the master of science (MS) degree program may specialize in either geology or geological engineering and complete a research project culminating in the defense of a MS thesis. A non-thesis degree option is available with permission of the Department Head.
Graduate students in the geological engineering specialization typically conduct research in areas related to water quality and resources, ground water, environmental resource protection, geologic hazards, remote sensing, geotechnical/engineering geology, energy and mineral resources, or environmental and exploration geophysics.
Graduate students in the geology specialization typically conduct research in energy and mineral resources, geochemistry, petroleum geology, sedimentation/stratigraphy, mineralogy/petrology, geophysics/geodynamics, GIS/remote sensing, and structure/tectonics.
For more information on this degree, please see the catalog on the program website.
We are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) North Central Association.
International Student Requirements:
• Third party foreign transcript evaluation for all foreign institutions attended, including evidence of your bachelor’s degree if applicable. Effective August 15, 2012, SDSM&T requires a course-by-course evaluation report sent directly to us from the evaluating institution. We will only accept evaluation reports from Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE) or World Education Services (WES). If you use ECE, order a catalog match report. If you use WES, order a course by course report.
• Evidence of English proficiency, with the exception of applicants from countries where English is the native language. Applicants who have a prior degree from a university in the U.S. may be considered for exemption. Note that Engineering Management will only consider applications meeting the upper level score criteria.
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