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2018-2019 SDSM&T Academic Catalog 
    
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Mining Engineering and Management, MS


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Contact Information

Dr. Purushotham Tukkaraja, Program Coordinator
Mining Engineering and Management Department
MI 229
(605) 394-1267
E-mail: Purushotham.Tukkaraja@sdsmt.edu

MS in Mining Engineering and Management

The Master of Science in Mining Engineering and Management provides both a thesis and a non-thesis option. Within each option, either a technical track or a management track may be followed. The course delivery is geared towards both campus and hybrid-distance delivery modes.

SD Mines students accepted to the Accelerated MS option may apply up to 9 credits of 500/600 level MEM credits taken as an undergraduate toward both the BS and the MS degrees.

Degree requirements for thesis option


Distribution of credits


Core requirements: 9-12 credits
Research or project requirements: 6-12 credits
Elective requirements: 9-15 credits
Total credits: 30

A minimum of 15 credits of the 30 required must be taken at the 600 level or above.

Core requirements


Core courses must be taken at the 500 level or above.

  • A minimum of  6 credits with an MEM prefix, chosen from either a technical track or a management track (refer to the Mining Engineering and Management MS program handbook for course lists)

  • MEM 501 Fundamentals of the Mineral Industry Credits: (3-0) 3 *
  • MEM 700 Developing and Planning Research Credits: (1-0) 1
  • MEM 790 Seminar Credits: (2-0) 2
  • * Students entering the program with a bachelor’s degree in an engineering field outside of mining engineering, or with a bachelor’s degree in geology and fewer than 3 years of mining industry experience, must take this course.  In addition, students entering the program with a bachelor’s degree in an area other than engineering or geology and who have fewer than 8 years of mining industry experience must take this course. 

Research or project requirements


The completion of a master’s thesis, approved by the student’s graduate advisory committee and the Dean of Graduate Education, is required for this degree.

  • MEM 798 Thesis Credits: To be arranged **
  • ** At least 6 credits of MEM 798 are required.  No more than 12 credits of MEM 798 may be counted toward the degree.

Elective requirements


  • Six (6) credits of courses with an MEM prefix
  • An additional 4-6 credits of courses with an MEM, ENGM, CEM, or IENG prefix

Electives must be taken at the 500, 600, or 700 level. Students may petition the program to allow electives of courses at the 400 level or with different prefixes than listed above.  All electives are subject to approval by the student’s graduate advisory committee.

Examinations


A thesis defense and a thesis proposal defense is required for this degree. For more information, see the Mining Engineering and Management Handbook.

Additional requirements


A maximum of 9 credit hours may be transferred from another accredited institution (400 level or above).

In addition to these degree-specific requirements, the student must also meet the requirements and policies applied to all graduate degrees  by the Council of Graduate Education.

Degree requirements for non-thesis option


Distribution of credits


Core requirements: 11-14 credits
Research or project requirements: 0 credits
Elective requirements: 18-21 credits
Total credits: 32

A minimum of 16 credits of the 32 required must be taken at the 600 level or above.

Core requirements


Core courses must be taken at the 500 level or above.

  • A minimum of  9 credits with an MEM prefix, chosen from either a technical track or a management track (refer to the Mining Engineering and Management MS program handbook)
  • MEM 501 Fundamentals of the Mineral Industry Credits: (3-0) 3 *
  • MEM 790 Seminar Credits: (2-0) 2
  • * Students entering the program with a bachelor’s degree in an engineering field outside of mining engineering, or with a bachelor’s degree in geology and fewer than 3 years of mining industry experience, must take this course.  In addition, students entering the program with a bachelor’s degree in an area other than engineering or geology and who have fewer than 8 years of mining industry experience must take this course.

Research or project requirements


No project is required or permitted for this degree.

Elective requirements


  • Six (6) credits of courses with an MEM prefix
  • An additional 12-15 credits of courses with an MEM, ENGM, CEM, or IENG prefix

Electives must be taken at the 500, 600, or 700 level. Students may petition the program to allow electives of courses at the 400 level or with different prefixes than listed above.  All electives are subject to approval by the student’s graduate advisor.

Examinations


No final degree examination is required for the non-thesis option. Individual courses may hold final examinations as part of the course.

Additional requirements


A maximum of 9 credit hours may be transferred from another accredited institution (400 level or above).

In addition to these degree-specific requirements, the student must also meet the requirements and policies applied to all graduate degrees  by the Council of Graduate Education.

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