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The time required to complete the M.S.M.E. degree varies from eighteen to twenty-four months (3 to 4 semesters). The department offers approximately four graduate courses each semester. There are two options: one for those interested in preparing for professional practice (culminating in a design paper), and one for those interested in a career in academics or research (culminating in a thesis).
Faculty members are engaged in variety of research projects including: * advanced materials
* material testing techniques
* biofuels and bioprocessing
* computational fluid dynamics and advanced modeling and simulation
* advanced heat transfer devices
* improving process energy efficiency
* advanced manufacturing systems
The formal course offerings for Master of Science in Engineering are divided into three groups:
* Core courses in major field or program area
* Courses in supporting areas
* Thesis or design/research paper
The core courses shall be taken to provide disciplinary strength and enable the student to pursue thesis research or advanced design projects. See individual department sections for specific core course requirements.
The supporting courses are chosen from electives in the major program area and supporting subject areas such as: mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, and computer science. These courses shall be chosen after consultation with the departmental advisory committee.
SDSU offers a variety of academic scholarships. Awards are based on academic achievement, activities participation and leadership.
South Dakota State University has been granted the full, ten-year reaccreditation by the Higher Learning Commission. An accreditation team of representatives from peer institutions commended SDSU for:
* Dedicated faculty and staff
* Quality new facilities
* Excellent student leadership
* Shared governance
* Partnerships with local community
* Robust and Integrated assessment program
* Successful transition to NCAA Division I Athletics