Graduate Certificate in Explosives Engineering

Department of Mining and Nuclear Engineering

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Program Description:

This certificate program is designed to provide formalized education in the area of Explosives Engineering. Students will be exposed to the theoretical and practical approaches of explosives engineering. Students will learn analysis and design of explosive-related systems and both natural and built structure effects.  The certificate is designed for the professional who does not have the time to take the GRE. 

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The explosives engineering certificate program is open to all persons holding a BS (in applied science, technology or engineering), MS, or PhD degree and who have a minimum of 12-months of post-BS professional employment experience.

Once admitted to the program, the student must take the four designated courses listed below. In order to receive a graduate certificate, the student must have an average cumulative grade of 3.0 or better in the certificate courses.

Students admitted to the certificate program will have non-degree status; however, if they complete the four-course sequence with a grade of B or better in each of the courses taken, they will eligible to apply to the M.S. Explosives Engineering program upon application. The Explosives Engineering certificate credits taken by the student admitted to the M.S. program will count toward their master's degree in Explosives Engineering. Students who do not have all of the prerequisite courses necessary to take the course in the certificate program will be allowed to take "bridge" courses at either the graduate or undergraduate level to prepare for the formal certificate courses. Once admitted to a certificate program, a student will be given three years to complete the program so long as he or she maintains at least a B average in the courses taken.

The applicant must also pass a background check.

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  • EXP ENG 5612: Principles of Explosives Engineering (Campus & Online)
  • EXP ENG 5622: Blasting Design and Technology (Campus & Online)


Two additional courses from an approved list maintained by the explosives engineering program faculty. 


Course Descriptions:

 Course description can be found in the catalog at

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Graduate Degrees

Graduate certificates were designed as a gateway to a master’s degree. If a student earns a B or better in each certificate course they may continue for the graduate degree (in the corresponding department), without needing to submit GRE/GMAT scores, or letters of recommendation. A student does not need to continue on for the graduate degree, however most do. Graduate certificates were designed for working professionals who have real life work experience and may not have time to take the GRE/GMAT. Admission requirements for the graduate certificate program are also more relaxed than the graduate degree. This graduate certificate may act as a gateway to the following master’s programs:

Explosives Engineering (MS) 
Mining Engineering (ME)

(Applicants must indicate which program they wish to use the certificate as a gateway for when initially applying for the certificate).

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Gainful Employment Program Disclosure

Effective July 1, 2011, the Department of Education requires that all certificate programs must disclose particular Gainful Employment information to current and prospective students. The information that is provided in the disclosure includes the estimated cost of the certificate program as well as on-time graduation and job placement rates for this particular certificate program. The disclosure information is based on data from the 2017-18 school year(defined as the period between July 1, 2017, and June 30, 2018)

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