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Release Date Monday, November 30, 2020

Mines Adds Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering

A master’s in industrial engineering has been added to the programs at South Dakota Mines. Pictured is Doug Bachand, owner of Full Send Ski Co., and a graduate of the industrial engineering and engineering management bachelor’s program.

South Dakota Mines has added a master’s of science degree in industrial engineering to support expanded university research and meet a regional need. 

Mines has had an undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management since 2006, according to Jeffrey Woldstad, PhD and head of the Department of Industrial Engineering. “The addition of the master’s degree will complement the current master’s program in engineering management and help support the research mission of our department,” Woldstad says. 

The field of industrial engineering is a diverse branch of engineering that focuses on maximizing efficiencies in business and industry and eliminating waste. Industrial engineering grads work in a wide range of fields, from automotive manufacturing, aerospace, mining, healthcare, finance and education.  

Mines graduates of the bachelor’s program in industrial engineering and engineering management enjoy an average starting salary of $66,525 and a job placement rate of 97%. They have gone on to work for such companies as Lockheed Martin and Tesla. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment in industrial engineering will grow by 10% from 2016-2026. 

Woldstad says engineers who earn advanced degrees “earn significantly higher wages and advance in their careers faster than engineers with only B.S. degrees.” Obtaining a master’s degree also allows engineers to specialize in areas such as production management, quality control, operations research and ergonomics. 

The addition of this program is also a great economic benefit to the state of South Dakota due to having more engineers with advanced degrees in production, manufacturing and safety, Woldstad says. 

Woldstad expects to have the program’s first graduate students this spring or next fall. 


About South Dakota Mines  

Founded in 1885, South Dakota Mines is one of the nation’s leading engineering, science and technology universities. South Dakota Mines offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees and a best-in-class education at an affordable price. The university enrolls 2,493 students with an average class size of 24. The South Dakota Mines placement rate for graduates is 98 percent, with an average starting salary of more than $70,036. For these reasons  South Dakota Mines is ranked among the best engineering schools in the country for return on investment. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu and on FacebookTwitter, LinkedInInstagram, and Snapchat.

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