Graduate Admissions

When you become a graduate student at South Dakota Mines, you'll enjoy all the advantages you'd expect from one of the nation's premier engineering and science schools:

  • an exhilarating learning environment led by a distinguished faculty
  • outstanding academic programs leading to Master of Science and Doctoral degrees
  • cutting-edge research initiatives, in state-of-the-art research centers and laboratories 

Visit our About page, talk to faculty in the department you're interested in, or come for a visit. We think you'll find Mines lives up to its reputation for outstanding education value.

Why should you go to Graduate School? - A presentation by Dr. Doug Wells, former Dean of Graduate Education

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Applications 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 any additional paperwork or fees.  

Can't attend on campus? South Dakota Mines offers 3 Master of Science degree programs that can be taken via our Distance Education program, designed to accommodate the schedules of working professionals. (Certificate programs are also available for those seeking education to help propel existing careers.)

Contact Us

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
Graduate Education

How to Apply

Contact the program coordinator of the program you are interested in, and then apply online.

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In-State Tuition Rates for Out-of-State Students

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Students from western states can attend grad school at South Dakota Mines at the South Dakota resident tuition rate. This rate is effective for new graduate students enrolling in an on-campus program. This rate does not apply to distance courses. Minnesota residents are eligible for a discounted reciprocity rate. Learn More

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