What will I learn?

This interdisciplinary degree program works in concert with other colleges and the Ph.D. in materials engineering and science (Ph.D./MES).

The M.S./MES degree offers an education in the broad area of materials. Students pursuing this degree will expand their knowledge and understanding of the science and technology of materials synthesis, behavior, and production. Graduates of the program formulate solutions to materials problems through the use of multi-disciplinary approaches made possible with a broad background in basic materials science and engineering coupled with an area of specialization.

Two options are available in this degree program: one option involves a thesis component and the other option involves coursework only. In the thesis option, 24 hours of coursework and a minimum 6 credit hours of thesis research are required. With the second option, 32 hours of coursework must be taken. In the latter option however, the students are required to undertake a project under the supervision of a faculty member. Because students graduating with this degree are expected to have a broad-based fundamental knowledge in both materials engineering and materials science, every student is required to take the following core courses.

The Materials Engineering and Science (MES) program has an accelerated BS/MS degree option that will enable a student to complete both the B.S. and M.S. degrees in as little as 5 years. The accelerated B.S./M.S. program is highly selective, for which students must apply for admission. Students interested in the accelerated program are strongly encouraged to apply at the end of their junior year. A minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 at the time the student applies to the program is required. The MES program may grant exceptions to the GPA requirement under situations approved by the Dean of Graduate Education. Up to 12 credits of 400/500/600 credits applied toward the B.S. program may also be used to satisfy graduate credit requirements. Dual-counted courses must be taken at the 400/500/600 level as an undergraduate. Only courses taken at SDSM&T are eligible for dual credit. No transferred courses will be allowed to count toward the accelerated master’s degree.

Which department am I in?

Department of Materials and Metallurgical Engineering

Study options

Full Time (For thesis option: 24 hours of coursework and a minimum 6 credit hours and for non-thesis option: 32 hours)

Tuition fees
$14,730.00 (10,93,487) per year
Start date

Expected August 2021


Department of Materials and Metallurgical Engineering

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology,

501 East Saint Joseph Street,


South Dakota,

57701, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants who have completed the equivalent of a four-year bachelor's degree at a recognized institution in any other country must have an academic record equivalent to a 2.70 grade point average (A = 4.00) on their last two years of study for admission to a master's degree program. Other English Language Requirements accepted: 550 on the paper-based TOEFL; 213 on the computer-based TOEFL; 5.0 on the iTep Academic Plus Exam; C1 required on the Cambridge English Exam.

For international students

Students must hold a bachelor degree in engineering or science from accredited 4-year colleges and universities with a recommended GPA of 3.0.

English Proficiency Requirements: TOEFL Internet-based test: 68 minimum score (Upper level score - 83), Computer Based Test – 190 minimum score (Upper level score – 220), Paper Based Test – 520 minimum score (Upper level score – 560); IELTS: 5.5 minimum score (Upper level score – 6.5), Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE): 47 minimum score (Upper level score – 56)

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.