Master's of Science
he Department of Geology and Geological Engineering offers a master of science (MS) degree in paleontology, the only such advanced degree in the United States. For the MS in paleontology, students complete a research project culminating in the defense of a MS thesis; a non-thesis option is not available for this degree program. The MS in paleontology offers many opportunities for field-based research as well as courses in museum studies.
Faculty expertise includes marine micropaleontology, vertebrate paleontology, and invertebrate paleontology. Areas of research include biostratigraphy, biogeography, paleoclimatology, trace element and isotopic paleontology, and evolutionary paleoecology. Resources available to graduate students in paleontology include the extensive collections of the Museum of Geology.
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.
Facts & Figures
Financial Aid: No
International Financial Aid: No
Classification: Specialized Institution—School of engineering and technology
Locale: Small City
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