Graduate Education 

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers a thesis and non-thesis master of science degree, as well as a doctor of philosophy degree. The primary goals of the graduate program are to develop the scholastic ability, independent creativity, and professional competence of an individual to a higher level than is possible in an undergraduate program.

The graduate program offers opportunities for higher education and research in manufacturing, solid mechanics, transport phenomena, computational mechanics, vibrations, controls and robotics, experimental mechanics, fracture mechanics, composite materials, and advanced materials processing.

The graduate program features courses in continuum mechanics, computational methods in transport phenomena, advanced heat transfer, advanced fluid mechanics, engineering analysis, advanced solid mechanics, integrated manufacturing systems, applied intelligent control, theory of materials behavior, and advanced mechanical system control.

Doctoral Fellowships

The mechanical engineering department, through the generous donations of many alumni of the department, is now offering Mechanical Engineering Doctoral Fellowships. This program provides $40,000 fellowships for the first two years of doctoral studies: $25,000 in year one and $15,000 in year two.

The fellowships are available to graduate students after they have completed their master’s degree at South Dakota Mines and are beginning their doctoral studies. If you wish to apply for a doctoral fellowship, complete the application any time before the beginning of the first semester of your doctoral degree, and submit it to

Mechanical Engineering
Master’s Degree
Click here to learn more about the program.

Read the MS program brochure here.  

Mechanical Engineering
Doctor of Philosophy Degree    
Click here to learn more about the program.

Read the PhD program brochure here.

Ready to get started?

Apply online here.

Admissions for International Students

The Ivanhoe International Center at South Dakota Mines provides assistance to international students.

If you have any questions about the application process or our graduate programs, please contact the Office of Graduate Education.

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.