Graduate Tuition and Related Costs

Master's programs require 30-33 credits for graduation and can be completed in 2 years (part-time students may take longer to complete the degree). Most PhD programs require 72 credits, and can be completed within 4 years after completion of the BS degree. 

2020-2021 Graduate Tuition and Fees

Tuition Category South Dakota Resident Non-Resident
   Per Credit
Per Credit
Campus Courses
$468.80 $8,440 $806.75 $14,525
Graduate Assistant $311.15 $5,600 $344.65 $6,205
Distance courses
$465.80 $8,385 $643.75 $11,590

*Annual rates are based on full-time enrollment of 9 credits for the fall semester and 9 credits for the spring semester. Summer enrollment is optional and is not included in the estimates above.

Rates listed above include all standard tuition and fees except books. International students are assessed an international student fee of $150 each fall and spring semester, in addition to the credit costs above.

Tuition Agreements

Western Regional Graduate Program States Map

The Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP) Reciprocity Agreement allows residents of WICHE states to attend grad school at SD Mines at the resident tuition rate. This rate is effective for new graduate students starting a graduate program in the fall 2019 semester or later. Rate applies after completion of the bachelor's degree. Rate does not apply to distance courses. Contact us to find out if you qualify for this great deal!  


Minnesota residents are eligible for reciprocity benefits if you attend the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. Your tuition and fees will be about the same as if you were attending a similar MN school. Reciprocity tuition rates are reviewed yearly, so students should directly contact SD Mines to determine the exact tuition rate. 

Additional Resources

For federal financial aid purposes, the ECOA Budgets for Full Time Graduate Students include tuition/fees, room/board, books/supplies, tablet PC rental and other miscellaneous costs for personal and travel expenses.

International students can find costs for I-20 requirements here:  Costs for International Students.

View our Financing Graduate Education page to find resources to help pay for graduate school. 

Graduate Education Office

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

Phone: (605) 355-3468
E-mail Graduate Education