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M.S. in Paleontology South Dakota School of Mines And Technology



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The Department of Geology and Geological Engineering offers advanced study leading to an M.S. degree in paleontology. Resources available to graduate students in paleontology include the extensive collections of the Museum of Geology. The M.S. in paleontology has a strong emphasis on field-based research as well as courses in museum studies.

At the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, the paleontological research conducted spans diverse subject areas including paleobiology, paleoecology, taphonomy, biostratigraphy, biogeography, evolution and paleoclimatology. Faculty and students combine field research in both modern and ancient settings with museum studies and laboratory analyses to reconstruct past paleoenvironmental conditions and reveal their ecological and evolutionary consequences through geologic time. Collectively, research is focused on three key paleontological questions:

How do organisms respond to environmental changes and adapt to different environments?

How is biological diversity distributed across space and time?

How are paleontologic resources best used and conserved for scientific study?

The Accelerated BS/MS option is available for this degree.

The thesis option is the only option for the M.S. in paleontology.

Graduate Programs Outcomes

A graduate of the MS in Geology/Geological Engineering, MS in Paleontology, PhD in Geology/Geological Engineering is expected to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of concepts and terminology of the discipline
  • Explore and evaluate scientific and technical literature
  • Analyze, interpret, and evaluate scientific and/or engineering data and methods
  • Communicate effectively (in writing and orally)
  • Act professionally and ethically
  • Impact the profession with research

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study M.S. in Paleontology.

Full Time (30 credit hours)

Tuition fees

$14,730.00 (10,79,700) per year


26 Aug, 13 Jan


Department of Geology and Geological Engineering

South Dakota School of Mines And Technology,


South Dakota,

57701, United States

Entry requirement for international students

Students must hold a bachelor degree in engineering or science from accredited 4-year colleges and universities with a recommended GPA of 3.0.

English Proficiency Requirements: TOEFL Internet-based test: 68 minimum score (Upper level score - 83), Computer Based Test – 190 minimum score (Upper level score – 220), Paper Based Test – 520 minimum score (Upper level score – 560); IELTS: 5.5 minimum score (Upper level score – 6.5), Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE): 47 minimum score (Upper level score – 56)

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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