Master of Engineering

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 South Dakota 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

Program requirements include both technical and management courses totaling 30 credits.

    Technical Emphasis area 15 credits
    Management 6 credits
    Technical or Management electives 9 credits
    Total 30 credits

    We are building online courses in the technical areas annually. Please consult with your emphasis area contact to inquire about online course availability.  

    Technical Emphasis Areas

    Civil & Environmental Engineering 

    Dr. Marc Robinson

    Computer Science and Engineering

    Dr. Christer Karlsson
    (605) 394-2722

    Electrical Engineering

    Dr. Long Zhao                                               
    (605) 394-6861

    Materials Engineering  & Science

    Dr. Jon Kellar
    (605) 394-2343

    Safety Management

    Dr. Jeffrey Woldstad

    Management Courses

    Management courses can be completed on campus or online from any location.  Courses are available from any of our three fully-online M.S. professional programs. 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


    South Dakota Mines 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 $25,430 for your degree*.  South Dakota residents are eligible for a discounted rate.  
    *based on nonresident costs for 2020/21 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 South Dakota 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  

    Contact Us

    Graduate Education Office
    South Dakota Mines
    Attention: Graduate Education 
    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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