Mines News

Release Date Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Mines’ New Master of Engineering Prepares Professionals for Management

RAPID CITY, S.D. (July 20, 2016) – The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology will offer a new master of engineering degree beginning fall 2016, designed for engineers employed in or preparing to enter technical management roles in business and industry.

An alternative to research-oriented master’s degrees, the Master of Engineering (M.Eng) is a professional program with a focus on both technology and management. The program will also support engineers in maintaining or obtaining licensure, while strengthening their leadership skills.

The degree program requires 30 credits to complete and is offered in three technical areas: Civil & Environmental Engineering, Electrical Engineering or Materials Engineering & Science.

The remaining credits are chosen from an array of management and strategy courses drawn from the SD Mines top-ranked online master's programs.​

No thesis is required for the degree, and the delivery of the program will be a mix of traditional face-to-face courses, hybrid courses and online courses.

“At a certain point in their careers, a bachelor’s degree is not always enough,” said Heather Wilson, President of the School of Mines. “Rising executives in engineering and scientific fields need a greater focus on management than the traditional research-oriented advanced degrees. We hope to meet that need.” 

Recently approved by the South Dakota Board of Regents, after full implementation, SD Mines expects to graduate about 40 students annually.

“The new master’s program will provide professional development and career advancement opportunities for graduates, as well as a competitive advantage for organizations that employ them. This degree will provide graduate, professional and continuing education focused on traditional and adult learners across the state, in the region, the nation and globally,” said Dean of Graduate Education Douglas Wells, Ph.D.


About SD Mines  

Founded in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid City, S.D., offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university enrolls 2,778 students with a student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1. The SD School of Mines placement rate for graduates is 97 percent, with an average starting salary of more than $61,300. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu and on  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Snapchat

Contact: Dani Mason, (605) 394-2554, danielle.mason@sdsmt.edu