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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

In addition to these requirements, the following minimum bachelor’s-level credits must have been completed:

  • Calculus I
  • Three credit hours of probability and statistics

Engineering Management Program Requirements

Students admitted to this degree program must possess a bachelor’s degree from a four-year accredited institution. In addition, the following bachelor’s level credits are required:

  • Mathematics one year minimum, to include algebra and basic calculus (Equivalent to South Dakota Mines MATH 123)
  • Six semester hours of natural and physical science (fields of geology, astronomy, biology, meteorology, chemistry, and physics) and which must include at least 3 credit hours of chemistry or physics
  • Three semester hours of probability and statistics
  • Two semester hours of engineering economics

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, Mail stop C2201
501 East St. Joseph St.
Rapid City, SD 57701-3995

(605) 355-3468
Graduate Education

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