Geology, Geophysics, and Geological Engineering—MS, PhD

Globalize Your Studies

Graduate studies in the Department of Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences focus on understanding and safely managing the Earth and its resources for the future, with degrees leading to careers in industry, government, nonprofit organizations, and academia.

Our curriculum emphasizes the sociocultural facets, or social geology, inherent specifically in hazards-related work and broadly in the fields of geological sciences and engineering.

Our graduate program is flexible, accommodating students’ individual goals and affording specialization for myriad careers in the earth sciences, geophysics, and geological engineering.

Degrees Offered

Peruse the degree options to find the program that fits your career goals and interests.

International, Interdisciplinary Research Opportunities

The majority of our graduate students are involved in international field-oriented research, but some focus on laboratory or computer studies. The department’s research activities cross disciplinary and national borders, spanning the following areas:

  • Development of complex computational models of earth systems
  • Laboratory experiments analyzing earth material phenomena
  • Analysis of remote-sensing data of the Earth’s surface and atmosphere
  • Properties of the Earth’s deep interior and its ancient past
  • Field measurements of volcanologic, hydrologic, and atmospheric systems
  • Seismic imaging of underground oil and gas reservoirs and their properties

Research funding averages nearly $3 million per year for the department. Field research is conducted domestically in Alaska and Yellowstone, as well as in the beautiful Keweenaw Peninsula and Lake Superior watershed. Our international efforts bring faculty and student researchers to locations across North and South America, as well as to Australia and Southeast Asia.

World-Class Facilities

Our department features world-class computer and analytical laboratory facilities. Specialized laboratories include the Laboratory for Atmospheric Remote Sensing, the Subsurface Visualization Laboratory, the Seismology and Petrophysics Laboratory, the Earthquake Seismology Laboratory, the Hydrogeology Laboratory, and the Earth Magnetism Laboratory.