Pigman College of Engineering

Mining Engineering - Graduate

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The programs leading to the degrees of Master of Science in Mining Engineering  and Doctor of Philosophy are offered through the Department of Mining Engineering. The objectives of these programs are to provide an advanced level of applied science for use in the mining industry and to offer specified topics for research specialization. The Master of Science in Mining Engineering is a research-oriented degree appropriate for a career in problem solving, research, or technology development. 





Masters Program Description

For the Master of Science in Mining Engineering, 24 credit hours of course work plus an acceptable thesis (Plan A) or 30 credits of course work and a report on one or more research topics (Plan B) are required to fulfill program requirements. Plan B Master of Science degrees will be reserved normally for students who have already demonstrated their ability to conduct and report on independent research. 

Doctoral Program Description

The Doctor of Philosophy is the terminal degree in the subject and is normally required for a career in teaching and research. 

Master's (MS) or Doctoral (PhD) - Application Requirements

  1. CV
  2. Personal Statement
  3. GRE
  4. Three letters of recommendation

Applicants must meet the Graduate School admission requirements.

Application Deadlines

Spring: August 22 (international applicants), December 9 (domestic applicants)

Fall: March 15 (international applicants), July 22 (domestic applicants)

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Mining and Geological Engineers

Mining and geological engineers design mines to safely and efficiently remove minerals for use in manufacturing and utilities.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics | Click the link for more info.

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Work Environment

Many mining and geological engineers work where mining operations are located, such as mineral mines or sand-and-gravel quarries, in remote areas or near cities and towns. Others work in offices or onsite for oil and gas extraction firms or engineering services firms.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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