Application Instructions


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Applicant files will not be considered for acceptance until all of the required application materials are received. Applications completed by the deadlines listed will, in most cases, receive a decision within one month or less of the deadline. 

Applications for campus enrollment can be considered after the stated deadlines in most programs, but timely admittance and/or funding may be affected. Self-funded international applicants are typically considered up to 90 days prior to the semester start date (60 days for domestic U.S. applicants). If you submit an application package after the deadline and it cannot be processed in time for the semester requested, your application can be deferred to the next start date without reapplying.  

Financial Assistance:  Applicants applying to campus programs will automatically be considered for assistantship support based on the information provided in your application materials.  No further information is required. Funding decisions are typically communicated separately from the admissions decision. Construction Engineering & Management, Engineering Management, and Master of Engineering do not offer assistantship funding. 

Students applying for online enrollment:  Our online programs consider applications year round. All required documents should be submitted for consideration at least 30 days prior to the start of the semester.  The GRE is not required for online students, but may be required on a case-by-case basis. 

Application Instructions (printable version)

Required application materials for all degree-seeking applicants

  •  Completed application formSubmit Online 
  •  $35.00 application fee, payable online by credit card at the time of application 
  •  Official transcripts from all U.S. institutions attended. Transcripts must be sent directly by the issuing institution. Transcripts sent directly by the applicant are not accepted. Scanned copies are not accepted. A GPA of 3.0 or higher is typically required; students with exceptional ability may apply with less than 3.0 GPA. 

Additional required materials for all degree-seeking international applicants

  • Third party foreign transcript evaluation for all foreign institutions attended, including evidence of your bachelor’s degree. South Dakota Mines graduate programs require a course-by-course evaluation report sent directly to Mines by the evaluating entity at the time of application. For more information, visit or Transcripts sent directly to Mines are not accepted in place of the required transcript evaluation. Scanned copies are not accepted. A GPA of 3.0 is typically required; students with exceptional ability may apply with less than 3.0 GPA. Applicants may apply prior to bachelor’s degree completion; evidence of degree completion (along with a final transcript) must be submitted prior to enrollment.

    A few programs do not require the transcript evaluation. Refer to the list of program specific requirements for more information. Applicants to these programs may proceed with sending official transcripts in place of the evaluation when they apply. The transcripts should be sent to us directly by the issuing institution, or the transcripts must be mailed in an enveloped stamped and sealed by the institution. The transcript evaluation is required for ALL programs unless otherwise noted. 
  • Evidence of English proficiency, with the exception of applicants from countries where English is the native language. Applicants who have a degree from a U.S. institution may be considered for exemption. The South Dakota Mines school code for TOEFL reporting is 6652.

English Proficiency Test Minimum score* Upper level score**
TOEFL - IBT (internet based) 68 83
 TOEFL - PBT (paper based) 520 560
IELTS 5.5 6.5

*Minimum scores require English proficiency testing upon arrival at the university. Note that Engineering Management will only consider applications meeting the upper level score criteria.
**Upper level scores indicate that no additional proficiency test is required by the university. However, additional testing may be required based on the student's performance on other placement exams, in the classroom or by the academic program.

Additional Required Application Materials for Most Programs*

One page statement of purpose/personal statement of goals and research interests.

GRE score report: The South Dakota Mines school code is 6652. A department copy is not required.  Scores of 50% or higher are recommended; strong quantitative scores are expected. For more information regarding the GRE test, visit The GRE is not required for online students, but may be required on a case-by-case basis. 

Three letters of recommendation:  Provide the email addresses of three references when you apply online. The recommender will receive an email to complete an online form. Recommendations can also be submitted via email or postal mail, but must be received directly from the recommender. 

*Review the Program Specific Requirements chart for a list of documents required by each program. 

South Dakota Mines Accelerated Applicants: The Accelerated MS Interim Advising form must be approved by a program representative and submitted to the Graduate Office prior to being considered for admission.

 Special Instructions for Non-Degree Seeking Applicants

  • Non-degree seeking U.S. applicants:  only the admissions application and official US transcripts (including evidence of your bachelor’s degree) are required.  
  • Non-degree seeking international applicants:  only the admissions application, English proficiency scores, and third party transcript evaluation are required. (Please note that if you plan to attend courses on campus, international students must be degree-seeking for student visa purposes.) 

    For more information, or to mail documents or materials:

    South Dakota Mines
    Graduate Education Office
    501 E Saint Joseph St  
    Rapid City, South Dakota 57701-3995
    Phone: (605) 355-3468

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    Graduate Education Office
    South Dakota Mines
    Attention: Graduate Education, Mail stop C2201
    501 East St. Joseph St.
    Rapid City, SD 57701-3995

    (605) 355-3468
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