Graduate Certificate in Explosives Technology

Department of Mining and Nuclear Engineering

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Program Description:

The Explosives Technology Certificate is designed for non-engineering graduates whereas the Explosives Engineering Certificate is designed for engineering graduates.

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Admission Requirements:

The explosives technology certificate program is open to all graduates holding a BA, or advanced higher degree that has a mathematics background through trigonometry and a minimum of 12-months of post-BA professional employment experience.

The student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in the four courses required for this graduate certificate. Students admitted to a graduate certificate program will have non-degree student status, but will earn graduate credit for the courses they complete. If the four-course sequence is completed with a grade of B or better in each of the courses taken, the student, upon application, will be admitted to the MS degree in explosives engineering, but will be precluded from taking any graduate courses until successful completion of the following pre-requisite courses (or their equivalent):

  1. S&T Chem 1310: General Chemistry 1
  2. S&T Chem 1319: General Chemistry 1 Lab
  3. S&T Chem 1100: Lab Safety
  4. S&T Math 1214: Calculus for Engineers 1
  5. S&T Math 1215: Calculus for Engineers 2
  6. S&T Physics 1135: Engineering Physics 1
  7. S&T IDE 2340: Statics and Dynamics

The certificate courses taken by students admitted to the MS program will apply toward their master’s degrees. 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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This certificate program is designed to provide formalized education in the area of Explosives. Students will be exposed to the theoretical and practical approaches of explosives technology. Students will learn analysis and design of explosive-related systems and both natural and built structure effects.

The following courses constitute the graduate certificate in Explosives Technology:

Required:  One of the following four courses

  • Exp Eng 5612-Principles of Explosives Engineering
  • Exp Eng 5711-Explosives in Industry
  • Exp Eng 5721-Specialty Uses of Energetic Materials
  • Exp Eng 5914-Explosives Manufacturing

Choose an additional three courses from those listed above or the list below:

  • Exp Eng 5112 Explosives Handling And Safety
  • Exp Eng 5512 Commercial Pyrotechnics Operations
  • Exp Eng 5513 Stage Pyrotechnics and Special Effects
  • Exp Eng 5514 Display Fireworks Manufacturing
  • Exp Eng 5555 Computer Fired Pyrotechnic Show Design & Firing System Operation
  • Exp Eng 5622 Blasting Design and Technology
  • Exp Eng 5713 Demolition of Buildings and Structures
  • Min Eng 5922 Advanced Tunneling & Underground Construction Techniques
  • Exp Eng 6112 Explosives Regulations

*Other courses approved by the explosives engineering faculty may be substituted for any of the above listed courses on a case-by-case basis. 

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Course Descriptions:

 Course description can be found in the catalog at


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)