Graduate Certificate in Mining Engineering

Department of Mining and Nuclear Engineering

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Admission Requirements   |   Graduate Degrees

Program Description:

This certificate program is designed to provide post-graduate formalized education in mining engineering. Courses cover the fundamental principles and methods of mining engineering, analysis and design of mining-related systems and mining enterprises.

Admission Reqauirements:

The mining engineering certificate program is open to all persons holding a BS, MS, or PhD degree and who have a minimum of 12 months of post-BS professional employment experience. Once admitted to the program, students must take four designated courses as given below.  In order to receive a Graduate Certificate, the student must have a  cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better in the certificate courses. 

Students admitted to the certificate program will have non-matriculated status; however, if they complete the four-course sequence with a grad of B or better in each of the courses taken, they will be admitted to the ME or MS Mining Engineering Program, if they so choose.  The certificate credits taken by students admitted \to the ME or MS program will count towards their master's degree.  Students who do not have all of the prerequisite courses necessary to take the certificate program will be allowed to take “bridge” courses at either the graduate or undergraduate level to prepare for the formal certificate courses.

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  The following courses must be taken:

  • Min Eng 4932: Underground Mining Methods and Equipment
  • Min Eng 4933: Surface Mining Methods and Equipment
  • Min Eng 4823: Rock Mechanics I or equivalent
  • Min Eng 4742: Environmental Aspects of Mining

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Course Descriptions:

Course descriptions 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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