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Mining Engineering MS

Designed to meet the growing need for mining engineers, this program offers advanced study with emphasis in either management-oriented or technically-oriented disciplines for professionals in mining, mine management or underground construction.

Participate in classes over the web as they happen, or watch later when it is convenient for you.

Core Topics

Core courses include:

  • Advanced Explosives and Blasting
  • Rock Slope Engineering
  • Advanced Rock Mechanics
  • Advanced Mineral Economics
  • Topics in Sustainability and Mine Regulation
  • Independent Research Project


  • Mining Geotechnical Engineering
  • Tunneling and Underground Excavation
  • Resource Finance and Accounting
  • Resource Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Advanced Geostatistics and Geoscience Modeling
  • Mine Ventilation
  • Other options from geology, geological engineering, civil engineering, engineering management and/or construction management disciplines

Admission Requirements

The mining engineering coursework is geared primarily towards the working professional in the mining industry who requires distance delivery of the courses, although students can be admitted directly to the on-campus program. In either case, the student should have completed an appropriate undergraduate engineering degree, and for those holding a non-mining engineering undergraduate degree the applicant should have significant experience in the mining or underground construction industry. Additionally, an undergraduate course in probability and statistics is highly recommended.

Tuition and Costs

The Mining Engineering MS requires 32 credits. Complete cost for the distance program is $600 per credit hour, or $19,200 for your masters degree. Other than the one time application fee of $35, there are no hidden lab fees or costs. South Dakota residents are eligible for a discount to $431.25 per credit hour. (Based on 2015/16 costs, may change in future years)

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Offered through the  SD Mines Department of Mining Engineering and Management. For more information, contact Dr. PT Tukkaraja, Graduate Program Coordinator of the Mining and Engineering Management Department:  (605) 394-1267 or  PT@sdsmt.edu.

For admissions questions, contact the Office of Graduate Education: (605) 355-3468 or email Graduate.Admissions@sdsmt.edu.

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Current students enrolled in the Mining Engineering and Management MS program can find additional resources on the MEM webpage at SD Mines Online.