Mines News

Release Date Thursday, March 23, 2017

Two Organizations Rank Mines in Top Five Nationwide for Online Engineering Graduate Degrees

RAPID CITY, SD (March 23, 2017) – Two separate organizations rank SD Mines in the top five in the United States for online engineering graduate degrees. Both the Guide to On-Line Schools and Grad Source put SD Mines as third in the United States for value based on academic strength and affordability.

In its review Grad Source states: “If affordability is your goal and a school's long track record matters, consider the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.”  The SR Education Group Guide to On-Line Schools also ranks SD Mines at 3rd in the nation among colleges offering engineering management degrees.

"Over the past five years we have strengthened our distance enabled professional degrees in areas where we are exceptional," said Mines President Heather Wilson. "It's nice to have the work of our faculty be recognized."

SD Mines offers three online masters degrees, they include: Construction Engineering and Management MS, Engineering Management MS and Mining Engineering and Management MS. Mines online students receive instruction from the same accredited engineering faculty as our full-time residential students. Online students can choose to do the entire program 100 percent on the web, or they can take some courses in person on our campus.

Mines has an excellent return on investment. According to a 2015 study, “The Economic Value of College Majors” by Georgetown University, over the course of their career those with a graduate degree earn an average of $78,000 annually compared to $61,000 for those with a bachelor’s alone. Furthermore, the report shows those who complete a specialized engineering master's degree earn higher average salaries than many other graduate degrees.



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 2,529 students with an average class size of 24. The SD School of Mines placement rate for graduates is 97 percent, with an average starting salary of more than $63,350. Find us online at sdsmt.edu and on  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Snapchat

Contact: Charles Michael Ray , 605-394-6082, charles.ray@state.sd.us

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