The M.S. program in Paleontology is a unique degree--There is no other paleontology master’s degree in the Unites States. The program emphasizes the opportunity for combining fieldwork in western South Dakota with study of the extensive collections of the Museum of Geology. The program emphasizes vertebrate paleontology of dinosaurs and mammals and draws from faculty strengths in evolutionary biology, biostratigraphy, cladistics, and vertebrate paleontology. Students are involved collection and curation of new and existing fossils in the Museum’s collection of over 300,000 specimens. Opportunities for international research are available through faculty research programs in Turkey, China, Mongolia, Antarctica, Namibia, and other locations.