Mining Engineering and Management MS

A hybrid/online program to meet the needs of busy professionals.

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.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the Master of Science degree within the Department of Mining Engineering and Management, students will have:

  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve problems related to the field of mining engineering;
  • An ability to analyze and design systems, components, or processes relevant to the field of mining engineering;
  • An ability to analyze and interpret data to support technical or management-related decisions in mining engineering;
  • An ability to present information clearly in both oral and written formats.

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The Mining Engineering and Management MS requires 32 credits. Cost for the distance program is $610.80 per credit hour, or approximately $20,000 for your masters degree. Other than the one time application fee of $35, there are currently no other costs except for books. South Dakota residents are eligible for a discount to $442.05 per credit hour. ( Based on 2016/17 Graduate Tuition and Fees, may change in future years )

Ph.D. in Geology, Geological Engineering, and Mining Engineering

For more information on our Ph.D. Program, please visit: Geology, Geological Engineering, and Mining Engineering PhD

Offered through the South Dakota Mines Department of Mining Engineering and Management.
For more information, contact: 
Dr. Kelli McCormick
Graduate Program Coordinator of the Mining and Engineering Management Department
(605) 394-1971 or

For admissions questions, contact the Office of Graduate Education: (605) 355-3468 or email

South Dakota Mines Online

South Dakota Mines offers three online MS degrees:
1) Mining Engineering and Management
2) Engineering Management
3) Construction Engineering and Management.
Find out more at our Mines Online website. Admissions to these programs is through the Office of Graduate Education.