Graduate Admissions 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.  Construction Engineering & Management and Engineering Management are primarily online programs and 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 -- or paper applications are also accepted. 
  •  $35.00 application fee, payable online by credit card at the time of application or by check or money order via postal mail.
  •  Official transcripts from all U.S. institutions attended, if applicable. Transcripts must be sent directly to SDSM&T 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. SD Mines graduate programs require a course-by-course evaluation report sent directly to SD Mines by the evaluating entity at the time of application. For more information, visit or Transcripts sent directly to SD 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.

    Electrical Engineering and Physics do not require the transcript evaluation. 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 other programs. 
  • 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 SD Mines school code for TOEFL reporting is 6652.

English Proficiency Test
Minimum score*
Upper level score**
TOEFL - IBT (internet based)
TOEFL - PBT (paper based)

*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 SD 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. 

SD 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.) 

Applications Tips and Frequently Asked Questions

  • The online admissions application cannot be saved while in progress (you will need to complete the form in one session).
  • The completed application cannot be edited once it is submitted.
  • Be prepared to enter the following information when submitting the online admissions application:
    • $35 application processing fee (payable by credit card at the time of application)
    • 1 page statement of purpose (to be uploaded with the admissions application)
    • Names and email addresses of 3 references, if recommendations are required by the program
    • Names and dates of all institutions attended after high school/secondary school
    • Academic awards and achievements
    • Employment history
  • The application fee can be paid online only at the time of application. If you are paying with a credit card, be sure to have this information ready at the time you apply online.
  • Your application package is not complete and the review process will not begin until all required documents are received by SD Mines. 
  • Official copies of all documents are required to be sent to us directly by the issuing institution.  We do not accept scanned or unofficial copies of any documents.  Official PDF transcripts sent directly to us from the issuing institution are accepted. Recommendations are accepted via email if they are sent directly to us by the recommender. The statement of purpose can be emailed to us if it is not uploaded with the admissions application.
  • Applicants who submit all documents before the deadlines stated above will generally receive a decision within 1 month or less of the stated deadline. Decisions will be communicated via email and postal mail.        
  • All funding decisions are made by the department or program based on your completed admissions application.  Funding decisions are typically communicated separately from the admissions decision.

For more information, or to mail documents or materials:

Graduate Education Office
501 E Saint Joseph St
Chemistry Building, Room 2201
Rapid City, South Dakota 57701-3995
Phone: (605) 355-3468

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

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