Certificate programs provide students with an excellent opportunity to continue their education, supplement their technical skills in a particular area, or provide value-added background to complement an undergraduate degree. Certificate programs are available at both the undergraduate and the graduate level and may be completed at any time. In some cases, the courses needed may be taken partially or completely on a distance-delivered (online) basis. Find more information on distance-delivered education at SD Mines Online.
Graduate Certificate Programs
Currently the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology offers two certificate programs at the graduate level.
Graduate students may also take the Technology Innovation Certificate described below under Undergraduate Certificate Programs.
Occupational Safety Certificate
The graduate level Occupational Safety Certificate at South Dakota School of Mines is designed to respond to a business need across all sectors (including general industry, construction, mining, health care, service, etc.) that places occupational safety at the highest level of organizational priorities. This certificate is open to any graduate student at SDSM&T. Review our Program Summary document for the Occupational Certificate program for additional details. (For undergraduate students, refer to the Occupational Safety Minor.) Find more details at the SDSM&T academic catalog.
Construction Management Certificate
The Construction Management Certificate program provides a unique opportunity for students interested in advancing their careers as leaders and managers in the construction industry. The certificate program is open to any student having a baccalaureate degree (see special student admission procedures). It may be taken following graduation, as a first step leading to a master's degree in construction management, or as an emphasis with any other Master's degree program. More information may be found at the program web site (Construction Management M.S. and Certificate) or at the SDSM&T academic catalog.
Undergraduate Certificate Programs
In addition, a number of certificate programs are available at the undergraduate level and may be completed as part of your undergraduate studies as a value-added component or following graduation as part of a continuing education requirement. Programs available include
Six Sigma Greenbelt Certificate
Six Sigma certification is strongly valued by many organizations in industry for its standardized problem solving process and adherence to statistically rigorous quality tools. The concepts that make up the Six Sigma philosophy and tools are contained within the Industrial Engineering curriculum. More information is available from the SDSM&T academic catalog.
Engineering Management and Leadership Certificate
Industry wants to hire engineers who are not only competent in their discipline, but also have a beginning understanding of engineering managment and leadership. As defined by the American Society for Engineering Management, this discipline is "the art and science of planning, organizing, allocating resources, and directing and controlling activities which have a technological component." This certificate is an opportunity for engineering students to graduate ready to meet the challenges unique to leadership in the engineering environment. More information is available from the SDSM&T academic catalog.
Geospatial technology is a career field that measures, visualizes, and analyzes features on the earth’s surface. It forms an integral part of government services and industries, including natural resources management, environmental protection, architecture, urban planning, insurance, retail, marketing, agriculture, forestry, mining, petroleum, water resources, transportation, utilities, and more. It is an actively growing field with high demand for trained workers and requires good computer skills. This certificate program is designed to enhance an individual’s existing work or academic training by building specific geospatial competencies required in the workplace. The ideal career preparation is to combine this certificate with a degree or work experience in one of the fields listed above. The certificate consists of four required core courses. Students who have not yet achieved a bachelor’s degree will take the undergraduate (400 level) courses; students holding a bachelor’s degree may enroll in the graduate (500 level) courses. More information is available from the SDSM&T academic catalog.
Technology Innovation Certificate
The Technology Innovation Certificate program is designed to provide the background and requisite instruction for students interested in introducing a new product or innovation to the marketplace. As such, this program is ideal for students interested in entrepreneurial endeavors or for employment with companies that promote a strong intrapreneurial culture. More information is available from the SDSM&T academic catalog.
Global Engineering Certificate
Many engineers encounter projects in unfamiliar cultures and work on multinational teams. The Certificate in Global Engineering provides cross cultural insight and experience that will increase the ability of engineers to work on projects and teams in other countries and cultures. Students study advanced
intercultural communication and teaming skills in the classroom. These skills are then applied while working on design projects in a distinctly different culture such as a developing country, a Native American community, or on a multinational design team. Students from any engineering discipline at the School of Mines may pursue the Certificate in Global Engineering by completing 9 credit hours of coursework. Find out more at the SDSM&T academic catalog.