South Dakota School Of Mines And Technology

South Dakota School Of Mines And Technology

Mechanical Engineering


501 East Saint Joseph Street

Rapid City, SD 57701

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master's of Science

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Objectives Through the education offered by the MS/ME program, students will learn to: formulate solutions to mechanical engineering problems through the use of multi-disciplinary approaches grow professionally and personally serve their profession and community Outcomes Students undertaking education in MS/ME program are expected to: expand their knowledge and understanding of methods and approaches to advancing knowledge in the basic areas of mechanical engineering formulate solutions to problems related to solid mechanics, thermo-fluids phenomena, and manufacturing and controls be able to conduct research and application development in mechanical engineering-related areas become a scholar, who will serve his or her profession and community Research Equipment and Facilities The mechanical engineering department is one of the largest programs on campus and has well-equipped laboratories. Several faculty members within the department are associated with Computational Mechanics Laboratory (CML), where high-end workstations are available for pursuing research and design-in modeling. Several faculty members are associated with the Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Production (CAMP), where research in advanced manufacturing, composites, and design methodologies is conducted. The department has a strong relationship with the Arbegast Material Processing (AMP) Center and the Additive Manufacturing Laboratory (AML). Other labs include the Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer Lab, which houses a Mach 3 supersonic wind tunnel, Vibrations Lab, Neural Networks and Controls Lab, Micromechanics Lab, Advanced Dynamics Lab, and a small Ballistics Lab. The campus fosters interdisciplinary research and possesses state-of-the-art equipment, such as an electron microscope, atomic force microscope, x-ray diffractometer, Raman spectrometer, laser Vibration Pattern Imager, FADAL VMC40 Vertical Machining Center, Bridgeport Romi CNC lathe, Coordinate Measuring Machine, Injection Molding Machine, IBM 7540 Industrial Robot, and Universal Testing Machines. Graduate research laboratories also include equipment for modern digital controls and machine vision, thermal image analysis, high-speed imaging, and experimental mechanics. For more information on this degree, please see the catalog on the program website.


We are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) North Central Association.

International Student Requirements:

• Third party foreign transcript evaluation for all foreign institutions attended, including evidence of your bachelor’s degree if applicable. Effective August 15, 2012, SDSM&T requires a course-by-course evaluation report sent directly to us from the evaluating institution. We will only accept evaluation reports from Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE) or World Education Services (WES). If you use ECE, order a catalog match report. If you use WES, order a course by course report. • Evidence of English proficiency, with the exception of applicants from countries where English is the native language. Applicants who have a prior degree from a university in the U.S. may be considered for exemption. Note that Engineering Management will only consider applications meeting the upper level score criteria.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

Classification: Specialized Institution—School of engineering and technology

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 3,000-5,999

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