Jul 14, 2020  
2013-2014 SDSM&T Academic Catalog 
2013-2014 SDSM&T Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mining Engineering, M.S.


Contact Information

Dr. Chuck Kliche
Mining Engineering and Management Department
MI 231
(605) 394-2344
E-mail: Charles.Kliche@sdsmt.edu

Mining Engineering

The Master of Science in Mining Engineering is designed to provide a program of advanced study in either management-oriented or technically-oriented disciplines for candidates planning a career in the mining, mine management or underground construction field. The available course work and current faculty expertise support the following emphasis areas:

1. Applied geomechanics, including advanced rock mechanics, rock slope stability, and tunneling;
2. Mining engineering management, including mineral economics and finance, and mining business management; and
3. General mining engineering.

The course delivery is geared towards both campus and hybrid-distance delivery modes.

Background Requirements

The mining engineering coursework is geared primarily towards the working professional in the mining industry who requires distance delivery of the courses, although students can be admitted directly to the on-campus program. In either case, the student should have completed an appropriate undergraduate engineering degree. For those holding a non-mining engineering undergraduate degree the applicant should have significant experience in the mining or underground construction industry. Additionally, an undergraduate course in probability and statistics is highly recommended.


The thirty-two credit hour non-thesis MS MinE degree consists of a program of acceptable graduate work culminating in the preparation, presentation and defense of a final project report. The interdisciplinary curriculum includes 12 core credits (4 courses) that are required for all students, 9 credit hours of specialization courses and 9 credit hours of elective courses approved by the student’s major advisor. Additionally, the final project and report, normally completed in the student’s last semester, is two credit hours.

The requirements for the MS MinE degree are as follows:

  • A program of at least 32 credits of course work (including 2 credit hours for the final project) which must include as required core courses:
    • MEM 550—Rock Slope Engineering or MEM 525—Advanced Rock Mechanics
    • MEM 510—Advanced Mineral Economics for Managers,
    • MEM 580—Advanced Explosives and Blasting and
    • MEM 610—Topics in Mineral Economics, Sustainability and Mine Regulation.
  • At least 18 credit hours of approved graduate-level elective coursework (500 level courses and above).
  • Meeting or exceeding prescribed academic standards.
  • Preparation, presentation and successfully defending the required final project, which would normally be a practical project approved by the student’s major advisor.
  • Complying with all rules and regulations of the GraduaOoffice, which are presented elsewhere in this catalog.

Recommended Elective Courses

 Students may use approved graduate-level transfer courses from another institution for up to 6 credit hours of elective credit, provided they are included in the approved Program of Study.

All 500- and 600-level courses offered through the Mining Engineering and Management Department (MEM courses) are acceptable elective coursework.

The folloiwing lists acceptable out-of-department classes which can be used as electives for any of the three specializations  (NOTE:  Not all the following courses are taught via distance delivery methods):


* Acceptable 400-level class with permission of major advisor.