Mining Engineering and Management Program

The Master of Science in Mining Engineering is designed to provide a program of advanced study in either management-oriented or technically-oriented disciplines for candidates planning a career in the mining, mine management or underground construction field.  This program is offered through the SDSM&T Department of Mining Engineering. SDSM&T Department of Mining Engineering and Management  

Program Overview

The Master of Science in Mining Engineering is designed to provide a program of advanced study in either management-oriented or technically-oriented disciplines for candidates planning a career in the mining, mine management or underground construction field. This program supports the growing need for mining engineers. The course delivery is geared both towards in-class and hybrid-distance modes. Alternative delivery methods make the curriculum readily available to mining engineering professionals beyond South Dakota’s borders.

Courses for the Mining Engineering Master of Science program have been developed to expand certain skills that the typical mining engineering graduate should possess.

The available course work and current faculty expertise support the following emphasis areas:

  1. Applied geomechanics, including advanced rock mechanics, rock slope stability, tunneling;
  2. Mining engineering management, including mineral economics and finance, mining business management; and
  3. General mining engineering.
 

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.

Program Requirements

The thirty-two credit hour non-thesis MS MinE degree consists of a program of acceptable graduate work culminating in the preparation, presentation and defense of a final project report. The interdisciplinary curriculum includes 12 core credits (4 courses) that are required by all the students, 9 credit hours of specialization courses and 9 credit hours of elective courses approved by the student’s major advisor. Additionally, the final project and report, normally completed in the student’s last semester, is 2 credit hours.

The requirements for the MS MinE degree are as follows:

  1. A program of at least 32 credits of course work (including the 2 credit hours for the final project) which must include as required core courses: MEM 550—rock Slope Engineering OR MEM 525—Advanced Rock Mechanics and MEM 510—Advanced Mineral Economics for Managers, MEM 580—Advanced Explosives and Blasting and MEM 610—Topics in Mineral Economics, Sustainability and Mine Regulation.
  2. At least 18 credit hours of approved graduate-level coursework (500 level courses and above).
  3. Meeting or exceeding prescribed academic standards.
  4. Preparation, presentation and successfully defending the required final project, which would normally be a practical project approved by the student’s major advisor.
  5. Complying with all rules and regulations of the graduate office, which are presented elsewhere.
 

Director/Faculty

Charles KlicheCharles Kliche, PhD
Interim Department Head/Professor
Email: Charles.Kliche@sdsmt.edu
Phone: (605) 394-1972
Office: MI 231 / MINE
Personnel Page

Kelli McCormickKelli A McCormick, PhD
Instructor
Email: Kelli.McCormick@sdsmt.edu
Phone: (605) 390-2208
Office: MINE / MI 230C
Personnel Page

Purushotham TukkarajaPurushotham Tukkaraja, PhD,
Assistant Professor
Email: Purushotham.Tukkaraja@sdsmt.edu
Phone: (605) 394-1267
Office: MINE / MI 229
Personnel Page 

Course Information

Required Core Courses: MEM 550 or MEM 525 and MEM 510, MEM 580, MEM 610.
 
Recommended Elective Courses: All 500- and 600-level courses offered through the Mining Engineering and Management department (MEM courses) are acceptable.

Recommended out-of-department 400*, 500, and 600 level courses offered through Geology, Geological Engineering, Engineering Management, Industrial Engineering, Construction Engineering and Management, and Civil & Environmental Engineering are acceptable. (NOTE:  Not all of the out-of-the department recommended courses are taught via distance delivery methods)

Students may use approved graduate-level transfer courses from another institution for up to 6 credit hours of elective credit, provided they are included in the approved Program of Study.

Course Schedule (Tentative)

  Fall 
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Spring
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Summer
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Fall
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Spring
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Summer
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Core Courses
MEM 550            
MEM 525            
MEM 510            
MEM 580            
MEM 610            
MEM Elective Courses
MEM 515            
MEM 520            
MEM 530         X  
MEM 533/533L         X  
MEM 535            
MEM 540         X  
MEM 545       X    
MEM 555       X    
MEM 691            
MEM 692            
Research Project
MEM 788 X X X X X X
Recommended out-of-department courses
GEOE 475/475L*       X    
GEOE 615            
GEOE 664/664L         X  
GEOL 516/516L         X    
ENGM 661 X          
ENGM 620 X          
ENGM 631 X          
ENGM 625   X        
ENGM 742   X        
IENG 452*       X    
IENG 461*       X    
IENG 566            
CM 547            
CEM 608 X          
CEM 665 X          
CEM 610         X  
CEM 710         X  
CEE 548   X        
CEE 574            
CEE 634            
CEE 743            
CEE 745            
CEE 746            
CEE 747            

*Acceptable 400-level class with permission of major advisor.

 

FAQ

How do I register for courses?
Students register for online courses through an online system called WebAdvisor.  Click on the Webadvisor link on the bottom of the page under the academics column. Follow the link to “what’s my user name and password?” to set up your WebAdvisor account. For assistance, please contact Registrar/Enrollment Management Services directly at (605) 394-2400 or academicservices@sdsmt.edu.  Contact your program coordinator only if you have difficulty obtaining this information from Enrollment Management.  Additional information and a link to WebAdvisor may be found at the WebAdvisor information site.

How do I find course materials?
Contact the course instructor for course materials.

How do I contact my professors?
All SDSMT faculty members have an assigned email for use with contacting students.  This information is on the faculty page of the department website.

How do I forward my email?
All students are assigned a campus email which is "firstname.lastname@mines.sdsmt.edu."  The campus will use this email for all official campus correspondence.  Students are encouraged to check this email on a regular basis. To login to your mines email account go to URL: mail.mines.sdsmt.edu . For the login, your username is: firstname.lastname .  The system will add @mines.sdsmt.edu automatically.  Your default password is your birthday + 7 digit id number  mmddyyyy1234567.  Find out more about student email at the ITS 'How Do I' page.

Alternatively, all student email accounts are set up through google email and you can forward your email to another account that you use.  To forward official correspondence from your mines email account to another email account, go to http://mail.google.com.  Once you log in to this site, you will see a box with a gear in it.  This is settings link.  Click on it, then click on settings in the drop down menu.  Click on the Forwarding and POP/IMAP link at the top and then click on the Add a Forwarding Address link.

How do I receive lectures and supplementary materials?
Contact the course instructor.

How do I complete course examinations?
The examination procedure may vary slightly from program to program; however, all faculty members provide instructions for the examination process on the course syllabus.

The Proctor Approval Process
Many SDSMT distance course instructors require proctored exams.  In these cases, the student is responsible for securing an appropriate proctor.  You must contact and secure a suitable proctor through the proctor approval form (below). You are responsible for any costs involved.  Proctors may include: 

  • Education testing service
  • Full-time faculty member of an accredited institution
  • Professional educator (superintendent or principal)
  • Human Resource professional
  • Elementary or high school teacher NOTE: You may not request a fellow teacher for proctoring
  • Community librarian
  • Military Officer
  • Human Resource professional
  • Other (only with program coordinator's permission)

Unsuitable proctors include co-workers, friends, family members, relatives, or neighbors.  Steps for aligning proctors and testing follow. 

  1. Contact and secure a suitable proctor. 
  2. Complete the proctor approval form <link to proctor form> and submit to the appropriate program coordinator for approval. 
  3. The program coordinator will notify the appropriate faculty and staff of proctor information. 
  4. Exams will be sent directly to the proctor, along with specific exam instructions, in accordance with the examination procedure outlined in the course syllabus. 
  5. In most cases, once approved, proctors may be used throughout the program of study. Students must submit a second proctor approval form if a change of proctor is desired or required. 

What do I do about incompletes?
The MEM faculty members are accustomed to students deployed overseas or who must continually balance family and professional obligations with continuing education.  Because of hybrid delivery, MEM distance learners necessarily operate one week behind onsite students.  Nevertheless, students should make every attempt to complete assignments, examinations, and other course requirements within the designated timelines on the schedule.  Regental requirements dictate that grades of incomplete may remain on the student’s transcript indefinitely.  Program requirements dictate that all incompletes should be removed by the start of the following semester. Incompletes not removed in a timely fashion will require the student to retake the course.

Do I need to complete a Program of Study?
Yes, it is a requirement set forth by the Committee of Graduate Education and is required for all graduate programs.  We recommend you file an initial program of study be sent in the first week of the first class.  The mining engineering department secretary can send you an initial template.  We recommend you send a final program of study in the final semester you plan to graduate. Be sure to contact your major professor prior to completing the final program of study (POS).

Who is my major professor?
Your major professor advises on courses, continuing registration, committee assignments, and, project requirements.  Initially, you are assigned to the program coordinator but you may switch at any time and select one of the program faculty listed on the faculty page provided the faculty member is of the Assistant, Associate, or Professorial rank. 

What other program requirements should I be aware of?  

  • Continuing registration – you must be registered for two credits in the semester in which you plan to graduate. Do not register for a project unless you are certain you can finish by the end of the semester. 
  • Leave of absence – this goes with continuing registration.  If you need to take a semester off, you need to apply for a leave of absence. This is not an onerous task, but you must complete a form so that the graduate office can track continuing enrollment. 
  • Committee requirements – each program of study must be approved by a minimum of three committee members. Your major professor must be in the MEM program and must be an Assistant, Associate, or full Professor.  A second committee member may be from another department but in most cases will also be in the MEM department.  The graduate representative may not be in the MEM department. The selection is up to you. Alternatively, we are willing to help find a graduate representative for distance learners if requested.
  • Communication – All communication to the graduate office should go through your faculty advisor before being sent to the graduate office.