Tuition and Costs

Master's programs require 30-33 credits for graduation and can be completed in 2 years (part-time students may take longer to complete the degree). Most PhD programs require 72 credits, and can be completed within 4 years after completion of the BS degree. 

2024-2025 Graduate Tuition and Fees

Student Category Campus Courses Distance Courses Graduate Assistant**
   Per Credit
Per Credit
Per Credit
South Dakota Resident $473.30 $8,520 $470.45 $8,468
Child of Alumni, SD Advantage & WRGP
$473.30 $8,520 $649.30 $11,687
$49.60  $893 
$814.65 $14,664 $649.30 $11,687  $49.60  $893 



Other potential expenses relating to attendance (actual amounts may be higher or lower depending on individual circumstances):

     Housing - $7,200
     Meals - $4,500
     Transportation - $3,000
     Personal expenses - $2,000

*Annual rates are based on full-time enrollment of 9 credits for the fall semester and 9 credits for the spring semester. Summer enrollment is optional and is not included in the estimates above. 
**Graduate Assistants are eligible for a tuition reduction that covers 100% of tuition and program fees for campus courses. The general activity fee and other applicable miscellaneous fees are assessed at the regular rate. 

Rates listed above include all standard tuition and fees except books. International students are assessed an international student fee of $150 each fall and spring semester, in addition to the credit costs above.

Reduced Tuition Programs

Grad SD advantage state 2024

South Dakota Mines offers several reduced tuition programs to provide affordable graduate education to residents from various states and children of South Dakota alumni while attending on campus. Review the eligibility requirements in the link above to see if you qualify. Students are eligible for graduate tuition reductions after the completion of the bachelor's degree. View our Financing Graduate Education page for more information on assistantships and other resources to help pay for graduate school.

The Estimated Cost of Attendance (ECOA) Budget is the official estimate used for federal financial aid purposes. This includes tuition & fees for 9 credits per semester plus estimates for books & supplies, housing and meals, transportation, and personal expenses.

International students can find estimated costs for I-20 purposes on our International Student page. This includes tuition and fees for 9 credits per semester plus estimates for books & supplies and living expenses for 9 months. Additional funding is necessary for summer enrollment, transportation costs, and personal expenses.  

Contact Us

Graduate Education Office
South Dakota Mines
Attention: Graduate Education 
501 East St. Joseph St.
Rapid City, SD 57701-3995

(605) 355-3468
Graduate Education

How to Apply

Contact the program coordinator of the program you are interested in, and then apply online.

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