Master of Engineering at SD Mines

The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is offering a new Master of Engineering degree program beginning fall 2016. The Master of Engineering program offers advanced engineering discipline courses, applied management, and leadership courses. 

The Master of Engineering (MEng) degree is a coursework-only professional program with a substantive management component for engineers employed in or preparing to enter technical management roles in business and industry. This new professional degree is an alternative to more traditional research-oriented Master of Science engineering degrees offered at SD Mines. The program will support engineers in maintaining and/or obtaining licensure via the technical coursework in the curriculum while strengthening their leadership skills via the organizational management elements of the program. For more information regarding professional engineering licensure requirements by state, please visit:  

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Engineering program can:

  • understand and apply technical principles at a level suitable for professional practice,
  • articulate and apply sound management techniques to projects and teams,
  • communicate effectively.

Program Requirements

  • 30 credits for graduation, of which:
  • 15-24 credits of engineering content are selected from one of three available technical emphasis areas in Civil & Environmental Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Materials Engineering & Science.
  • 6-15 credits are management courses that complement your professional goals.
  • A thesis or final examination is not required.
Technical Emphasis area 15 credits
Management 6 credits
Technical or Management electives 9 credits
Total 30 credits

Delivery of the program will be a mix of traditional face-to-face courses, hybrid courses, and online courses. The technical courses are available on the School of Mines campus. Management courses can be completed on campus or online from any location. 

Emphasis Areas

Civil & Environmental Engineering

  • Environmental
  • Geotechnical
  • Water resources
  • Structural engineering

Electrical Engineering

  • Applied electromagnetics
  • Communications and networking
  • Controls
  • Power Systems

Materials Engineering & Science

  • Chemistry of materials
  • Fundamentals of materials engineering
  • Condensed matter physics

Management Courses

Courses are available in any of our 3 fully-online M.S. professional programs of Construction Engineering and Management, Engineering Management, and Mining Engineering and Management. Students can select any two of these management and finance classes to meet the management course requirement.  All courses must be approved in advance by the program coordinator of your emphasis area.

Engineering Management

  • Eng Economics for Managers
  • Business Strategy
  • Eng. Mgmt. & Labor Relations
  • Project Planning & Control
  • Operations Planning
  • Quality Management
  • Statistical Process Control
  • Forecasting for Bus, & Tech

Construction Engineering & Management

  • Construction Company Management
  • Leading & Managing Design Organizations

Mining Engineering & Management

  • Resource Industry Finance & Accounting
  • Resource Industry Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Advanced Mineral Economics
  • Mining Law & Environment


The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology is accredited by the regional Higher Learning Commission (HLC). For more information, please visit:


The Master of Engineering degree program requires 30 credits. Complete cost for the program is approximately $23,000 for your degree*.  South Dakota residents are eligible for a discounted rate. 
*based on nonresident costs for 2016/17 academic year.

Admission Requirements

A bachelor‘s-level degree in an area related to the emphasis area you wish to enroll in is required.  A GPA of 3.0 or higher is generally required for admission.  Applicants with a GPA of less than 3.0 will be considered with substantial work experience.

Document Requirements

  • Completed graduate application form
  • $35 application fee
  • Official transcript of prior academic work, sent directly to SD Mines by the issuing institution, showing the undergraduate degree awarded
  • Additional requirements exist for international students, including a third party foreign transcript evaluation and evidence of English proficiency.

Getting Started


Admissions-related inquiries:
Office of Graduate Education  
South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
501 East Saint Joseph Street 
Chemistry Building, Room 2201
Rapid City, South Dakota 57701-3995
Phone: (605) 355-3468

Engineering Emphasis Contacts

Civil & Environmental Engineering emphasis:
Dr. Marc Robinson

Electrical Engineering emphasis:
Dr. Shankarachary Ragi                                              
(605) 394-4184

Materials Engineering & Science emphasis:
Dr. Jon Kellar
(605) 394-2343

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