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Engineering Management MS

The Master of Science degree in Engineering Management (MSEM) is a flexible, user friendly, and affordable online master’s program that allows participants to maintain employment while advancing their knowledge and skills.  Program coursework is designed with industry input and provides students with essential technical and management skills required by professionals in the industry today.

Students can enter the program at any one of the three semesters during the year and choose core classes and electives to match their individual interests and career goals.  Students participate in classes face-to-face, streamed live, or watch recorded classes at their convenience.

Program Overview

Management positions in engineering fields require a unique blend of technical skills with management and leadership abilities. Our Engineering Management MS degree is a multi-disciplinary, applications-oriented degree drawing from fields of engineering, management and operations research.  Diverse topics provide a broad view of engineering management, including economics and finance, safety and ergonomics, project management and risk assessment, and taking innovation from the workspace to the marketplace.


South Dakota Mines is accredited by the regional Higher Learning Commission (HLC)


The Engineering Management MS requires 30 credits. Click here for current costs. 

Admission 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


    Engineering Management Program Requirements

    Students typically admitted to this degree program have completed a BS degree in engineering from an ABET accredited institution or a BS in science or math. Applicants from other backgrounds are encouraged to contact the program coordinator prior to applying. students lacking courses in statistics or engineering economics may be admitted on a provisional basis while these requirements are satisfied; these courses cannot be counted toward the requirements for the degree. 

    Required Core Courses (12 Credits Total)

    Business / Finance (3 Credits)
    ENGM 661: Engineering Economics for Managers OR
    ENGM 640: Business Strategy

    Management (3 Credits)
    ENGM 642: Engineering Management and Labor Relations OR
    IENG 566: Project Planning and Control

    Quantitative Methods (3 Credits)
    ENGM 535: Optimization Techniques OR
    ENGM 632: Stochastic Models in Operations Research OR
    ENGM 745: Forecasting for Business and Technology

    Operations Management (3 Credits)
    ENGM 663: Operations Planning
    ENGM 620: Quality Management

    Recommended Elective Courses (18 Credits Total)

    ENGM 615: Nonparametric Statistics
    ENGM 620: Quality Management
    ENGM 621: Statistical Process Control
    ENGM 625: Innovation and Commercialization
    ENGM 640: Business Strategy
    ENGM 642: Engineering Management and Labor Relations
    ENGM 650: Safety Management
    ENGM 655: Ergonomics for Managers
    ENGM 675: Legal and Ethical Issues in Engineering Management
    ENGM 692: Topics
    ENGM 745: Forecasting for Business and Technology
    ENGM 792: Topics
    IENG 515: Decision Analysis
    IENG 531: Industrial Hygiene 
    IENG 555. Supply Chain Management and Logistics
    IENG 592. Topics
    IENG 606. Occupational Biomechanics

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    Offered through the Department of Industrial Engineering.
    For more information, contact Dr. Jeff Woldstad, Engineering Management Graduate Program Coordinator: (605) 394-6066 or .

    For admissions questions, contact the Office of Graduate Education:  (605) 355-3468 or email

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    Recognized Nationally

    OnlineU ranks the online engineering management program #11 in the nation for Best Online Colleges and #18 for Most Affordable Online Colleges. College Choice names South Dakota Mines online for both Best Online Master's in Engineering Management and Most Affordable Online Master's in Engineering Management. South Dakota Mines online engineering programs were ranked #1 in the nation in 2015 by bestmastersprograms.organd #7 in the nation for 2016 in the Value Colleges ranking.

    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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