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South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology is a science and engineering school located in Rapid City, SD. It was founded in 1885 and focuses primarily on undergraduate and graduate education in science and engineering fields. The school boasts strong numbers in terms of entry-level earnings for graduates, with an average starting salary of approximately $56,000. The school has also produced some notable figures in various engineering fields and corporations. Frank Richardson, former president and CEO of Shell Oil, and Gary Veurink, Division Vice President of Dow Chemical Company, are both alumni.

Programs Offered

The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs. One associate degree program in general studies is also available. Bachelor’s degrees are available only science and engineering disciplines, including computational mathematics, computer science, environmental engineering, geology, and physics. Master of Science degree programs are in similar areas of study, such as construction management, paleontology, civil engineering, and materials engineering. Several doctoral degree programs are also available in areas including atmospheric and environmental sciences, geology and geological engineering, and nanoscience and nanoengineering. The school’s online graduate engineering programs have even been recognized by U.S. News & World Report.


The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. It has been accredited since 1925.


The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology operates an automatic acceptance policy for undergraduate admissions. That means that applicants who meet the minimum requirements and complete all application materials are automatically admitted to the school. Students who meet secondary requirements for admission may be considered on a conditional basis. For graduate admissions, students must submit transcripts from any post-secondary institution they have attended, a completed application form, a statement of purpose, a GRE test score report, three letters of recommendation, and an application fee of $35. Specific programs may have additional admissions requirements. Students are encouraged to review their program websites for any additional application instructions.

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