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2020-2021 SDSM&T Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 SDSM&T Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Engineering Program

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Contact Information:

Program Director
Dr. Maribeth Price, Dean of Graduate Education

Civil & Environmental Engineering Emphasis
Dr. Marc Robinson
Civil and Environmental Engineering Department 

Computer Science and Engineering Emphasis
Dr. Christer Karlsson
Dept: (605) 646-3130
Computer Science and Engineering Department  

Electrical Engineering Emphasis
Dr. Shankarachary Ragi 
(605) 394-4184
Electrical Engineering Department   

Materials Engineering & Science Emphasis
Dr. Jon Kellar
(605) 394-2343
Materials and Metallurgical Engineering Department  

Safety Management Emphasis
Dr. Jeffrey Woldstad
Industrial Engineering Department  

Advisory Council

Dr. Maribeth H. Price (Chair), Dr. James Stone, Dr. Jeff McGough, Dr. Thomas Montoya, Dr. Jon Kellar, Dr. Jeffrey Woldstad


Civil & Environmental Engineering Emphasis:

Professor Stone; Associate Professors Capehart, Gadhamshetty, Robinson, and Shearer; Assistant Professors Arneson-Meyer, Bheemasetti, Celik, Geza, Lingwall, and Waterman; Lecturer Wagner; Instructor Bienert; Research Scientist Clabo.

Computer Science and Engineering Emphasis:

Professors McGough; Associate Professors Pyeatt, Qiao, Riley; Assistant Professors de Castro, Hinker, Karlsson, Rebenitsch; Lecturer Schrader. 

Electrical Engineering Emphasis:

Interim Department Head Montoya; Associate Professor Smirnova; Assistant Professors Ragi and Sayan, Trampel, and Zhao; Research Scientist Hong; Instructors/Lecturers Choudhary, Kolb, and Thornburg; Emeritus Professors Batchelder, McNeil, Meiners, and Simonson.

Materials Engineering & Science Emphasis:

Douglas W. Fuerstenau Professor Kellar; Professors Corey, Cross, Fong, Salem, Sinden, and Sobolev; Associate Professors Crawford, Heglund, West, and Zhu; Assistant Professors Bai, Jasthi, and Smirnova; Research Scientist Andrea Surovek; Emeritus Professors Howard and Stone, Distinguished Professor Emeritus Han.

Safety Management Emphasis:

Professors Kerk, and Woldstad; Associate Professors D. Jensen, Matejcik, and Piper; Assistant Professors Dubey and Na; and Professor Emeritus Kellogg.

Master of Engineering

The Master of Engineering (MEng) program builds upon the undergraduate engineering degree as a ‘capstone’ sequence composed of advanced engineering discipline courses and applied management and leadership courses.  The MEng degree is a coursework-only professional program with a substantive management component for engineers employed in or preparing to enter technical management roles in business and industry. In some cases the degree may be completed completely online; please consult your emphasis area contact to learn which technical courses may be available online.

Emphasis Areas

Five technical emphasis areas are offered, including Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Materials Engineering and Science, and Safety Management. Students must apply to one of these emphasis areas and will be advised by a program coordinator in that department.

Degree Options

This is a non-thesis master’s degree that includes only coursework.  A research or technical project is optional. Most of the management courses are available online. Some of the technical courses may be available online.

Accelerated MS option

The Accelerated MS option is open to students earning a BS from South Dakota Mines. Students admitted to the Accelerated MS may apply up to 9 credits of approved 400/500/600 level coursework toward both the BS and the MS degrees. 


Graduates of the Master of Engineering program can:

  • understand and apply technical principles at level suitable for professional practice,
  • articulate and apply sound management techniques to projects and teams,
  • communicate effectively.

Financial support

The Master of Engineering is a coursework-based program and students are typically self-funded.

Background requirements

A bachelor’s level degree, in an area related to the emphasis area in which the applicant wishes to enroll, is required. 

Admission requirements

A GPA of 3.0 or higher is generally required for admission.  Applicants with a GPA of less than 3.0 will be considered, particularly those possessing substantial work experience.

GRE scores and letters of recommendation are not required for admission.

Transfer credits

Policies for transferring credits from outside institutions can be found in the requirements and policies applied to all graduate degrees  by the Council of Graduate Education. All transfers are subject to approval by the student’s advisor.

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