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Mines makes list of best online engineering programs in nation
Release Date Tuesday, April 8, 2014

RAPID CITY, S.D. (April 8, 2014) – The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology has been ranked among the “Best Online Engineering Degree Programs” by The list takes into consideration elements like the amount of student debt required to cover tuition, graduation and placement rates, instructor-to-student ratios and ease of use of each online program.

“Mines is known as a hands-on teaching and research university, but we do offer several professional masters degrees through distance education that are growing in popularity,” said Heather Wilson, President of the School of Mines.  “I’m pleased to see this part of our university program is being recognized as one of the best in the country.”

Underscoring the demand for engineering and science students, the new report cites a 2014 report by the Library of Congress Congressional Research Service that states 6.2 million people worked as scientists and engineers in 2012, with a mean annual wage of $87,330 – almost double the mean annual wage for all occupations in the country.

Students may earn a Master of Science in construction management, engineering management or mining engineering at the School of Mines. The university’s student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1, and the average starting salary of 2013 graduates is $62,400, with 98 percent landing jobs in their career field or enrolling in graduate school.

Here is the link to the full report:


About SDSM&T

Founded in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid City, S.D., offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university enrolls 2,640 students from 45 states and 37 countries, with a student-to-faculty ratio of 14:1. The average starting salary for graduates is $62,400 with a 98 percent placement rate. Find us online at, on Facebook at and on Twitter at