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Mechanical Engineering MS



The mission of the Mechanical Engineering graduate program is to provide students with advanced learning in the areas of thermo-fluid sciences, mechanical systems, or manufacturing/controls. The primary goals of the program are to develop the scholastic ability, independent creativity, and professional competence of the student to a higher level than is possible in an undergraduate program.


Through the education offered by the MS/ME program, students will learn:

  • to formulate solutions to mechanical engineering problems using multi-disciplinary approaches
  • to be able to grow professionally and personally
  • to serve their profession and community as valuable contributing leaders


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 thermo-fluid sciences, mechanical systems, or manufacturing/controls
  • be able to conduct basic or applied research and development in Mechanical Engineering
  • become an engineer who will serve their profession and community as valuable contributing leaders

Research Equipment and Facilities

The ME Graduate Studies and Research Program focuses on three primary areas of scientific research in mechanical engineering and engineering mechanics: fluid dynamics & thermal science, solid mechanics & material science, and robotics & controls. The research activities of the ME faculty involve both computational and experimental efforts across several departmental laboratories, including the Center for Advanced Multidisciplinary Projects (CAMP); Energy Storage Lab (ESL); Experimental and Computational Mechanics Laboratory (ECML); Fluids, Thermodynamics, and Heat Transfer lab; Holistic Engineering Learning Lab and Observatory (HELLO); Joining and Mechanics of Polymers (JMP) lab; Laboratory of Interfacial Transport (LIT); Laser Plasma Diagnostics Lab (LPDL); Powerful high-performance computing cluster; and Robotics and Computational Kinematics Innovation (ROCKIN) lab.

Strong research collaborations exist among these laboratories as well as campus-wide research centers, such as:

  • Additive Manufacturing Laboratory (AML)
  • Arbegast Materials Processing and Joining (AMP) lab
  • Center for Security Printing and Anti-Counterfeiting Technology (SPACT)
  • Composites and Polymer Engineering (CAPE) lab
  • Surface Engineering Research Center (SERC)


The mechanical engineering curriculum is designed to give students a thorough knowledge of the basic principles involved in the major stems of mechanical engineering: thermoscience, mechanical systems, and manufacturing.

The Master of Science degree program in mechanical engineering can be pursued using either of two (2) equal options, a thesis option or a non-thesis option. Each option requires 30 credits.

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Accelerated Master's Program

Current South Dakota Mines students pursuing a bachelor of science degree have the option to enroll in our accelerated master's program

Western Regional Graduate Program States Map

The Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP) Reciprocity Agreement allows residents of WICHE states to attend grad school at South Dakota Mines at the resident tuition rate. And, Minnesota residents are eligible for reciprocity benefits. Learn More.