Geological Engineering—MS, PhD

Problem solver. Explorer. Detail oriented. Effective communicator. Not afraid of dirty hands and digging deeper. Sound like you? We thought so. Pursuing an advanced degree in geological engineering, mining engineering, geology, or geophysics at Michigan Technological University prepares you to dig deeper in the study and safe management of the Earth and its resources–be at the forefront of environmental change.

What you'll work on

Unique opportunities for global study are available in Italy and France through INVOGE, our international dual-degree program. Our programs are flexible to accommodate individual goals and afford specialization for careers in geophysics or geological engineering. The master’s degree coursework-only option fast– tracks your education. Michigan Tech is legendary for mining education.

Sample Areas of Interest

  • Atmospheric Sciences
  • Geotechnical/Geomechanics
  • Geoscience Education
  • Earthquake Geology/ Volcano Seismology

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Who you'll work with

You’ll work in teams with your peers and faculty, using state-of-the-art technology to understand and safely manage the Earth and its resources. Five faculty conduct research on volcanology; others focus on mining and engineering, remote sensing, and resource management. Master’s and doctoral students contribute to faculty research projects while taking coursework.

Faculty Spotlight

John GierkeJohn Gierke
Professor and Department Chair,
Geological and Mining Engineering Sciences

"Understanding earth systems are vital to locate and develop natural resources and mitigate natural hazards."

Satellite, airborne, and ground- based technologies are rapidly evolving to enhance our abilities to characterize and understand earth landscapes and underlying geologic systems, water bodies, and the atmosphere. Strategies to mitigate for natural hazards, explore for and develop natural resources, and forecast human and natural impacts are also evolving as we grow our understanding of earth systems.

Where you'll work

Recent graduates have landed positions in industry, government, nonprofit organizations, and academia. While on campus, you’ll research in one of our interdisciplinary research centers and institutes, including six specialized labs and several advanced computer labs. Many students take internships at mining companies and in mining engineering, contributing to a high job placement rate for graduates.