Master of Science in Geological Engineering

Admission Requirements

The applicant must meet the School of Graduate Studies' current minimum general admission requirements as published in the graduate catalog. Additionally:

  1. To be admitted under "approved" status, the applicant must hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Geological Engineering from an ABET accredited or equivalent program. A bachelor’s degree in another engineering discipline or in a science field, qualifies a student to be admitted to “qualified status” with an obligation to acquire background undergraduate engineering and geology knowledge.
  2. Applicants must submit a Graduate Record Examination General Test score if their B.S. degree is from a non-ABET accredited program. Other applicants are encouraged to submit GRE scores to support their application.
  3. Applicants must have a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher.
  4. Applicants must satisfy the School of Graduate Studies' English Language Proficiency requirements as published in the graduate catalog.

To encourage undergraduate geological engineering students to extend their studies to include a graduate degree, the College of Engineering and Mines has a Combined Program that permits students to earn both a bachelor's (B.S.) and a master's (M.S.) degree in Geological Engineering. This program allows students to designate two three-credit graduate courses to count for both degrees.  the selected courses must have graduate course standing and be designated when a student requests admission to the program.

Students may be admitted to the Combined Degree Program if they have:

  1. Completed 95 credit hours towards the bachelor's degree.
  2. Completed 30 credit hours of coursework and 8 credit hours of upper division coursework in the geological sciences, including the equivalent of physical and historical geology.
  3. Maintained an overall GPA of at least 3.0 in all geological sciences they took.
  4. Completed an application to the UND Graduate School and been accepted for admission.

Once admitted to the Combined Degree Program, undergraduate students are eligible to take 500-level courses for graduate credit. Students must complete the petition titled, "Graduate Credit as an Undergraduate Student" prior to registering for the courses. Such courses could be included in the 30 credit hours for the degree and could appear in the program of study.

Students in the Combined Degree Program will be admitted to the School of Graduate Studies on completion of 125 credit hours for the bachelor's degree.

The time normally needed to complete the Combined Degree Program is 1 year, plus an additional summer after admission to the Graduate School.

Degree Requirements

Students seeking the Master of Science degree at the University of North Dakota must satisfy all general requirements set forth by the School of Graduate Studies' as well as particular requirements set forth by the Harold Hamm School of Geology and Geological Engineering.

Thesis Option:

  1. A minimum of 30 credit hours in a major field, including the credits granted for the thesis and the research leading to the thesis.
    Geology/Geological Engineering coursework12
    Other Engineering and Science coursework12
    Thesis6
    Total Credits30
  2. At least one-half of the credit hours must be at or above the 500-level.
  3. A maximum of one-fourth of the credit hours required for the degree may be transferred from another institution.
  4. Completion of the thesis.

Non-Thesis Option (Independent Study):

  1. Thirty-four (34) credit hours including credits required for the major.
    Geology/Geological Engineering coursework15
    Research Project/Independent Study3
    Electives16
    Total Credits34
  2. At least one-half of the credit hours must be at or above the 500-level.
  3. A maximum of one-fourth of the credit hours required for the degree may be transferred from another institution.
  4. Preparation of a written independent study approved by the faculty advisor.
  5. Comprehensive final examination.

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