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 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. Are you ready?

Accelerated Master's Program is available for current Michigan Tech students.

Program Overview

Our master's or doctorate in geological engineering program is 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. Unique opportunities for global study are available in Italy and France through INVOGE, our international dual-degree program.

  • Delivery Options

    • Accelerated: MS
    • On-Campus: MS, PhD

Geological Engineering Program Details

Choose a specific degree option or delivery type to learn more about the geological engineering program at Michigan Tech. For international students, Geological Engineering is a designated STEM program.

On-Campus Programs

Additional Program Information

Want to learn more about geological engineering at Michigan Tech? Visit the department for more information:


Graduate Director

Luke Bowman

Graduate Assistant

Brittany Buschell


Sample Areas of Interest

Select areas of interest to help customize your geological engineering MS and PhD. Sample areas include:

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

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Application Process and Admissions Requirements

Applications are reviewed on an individual basis using a holistic approach. Fill out our free graduate application online to apply to any of our programs. Official transcripts and scores are not required for the initial application, although you will need to upload them later.

Accredited by HLC

Michigan Tech has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) since 1928. Our Graduate School offers over 125 certificates, master's, and PhD programs to provide our students and the world with what tomorrow needs.

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. Faculty conduct research on volcanology, mining and engineering, remote sensing, and resource management. Master’s and doctoral students contribute to faculty research projects while taking coursework.

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.

Faculty Spotlight

John Gierke

John Gierke
Professor, 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.

Program Faculty