Graduate Certificate Programs

Explosives Engineering

Department of Mining and Nuclear Engineering

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 following courses are required:

  • Exp Eng 5612: Principles of Explosives Engineering
  • Exp Eng 5622: Blasting Design and Technology

Two of the following courses are required:

  • Exp Eng 5001: Pyrotechnics Show Design
  • Exp Eng 5112: Explosives Handling and Safety (on campus only)
  • Exp Eng 5512 / Min Eng 5512: Commercial Pyrotechnics Operations
  • Exp Eng 5513: Stage Pyrotechnics & Special Effects
  • Exp Eng 5713: Demolition of Buildings & Structures (on campus only)
  • Min Eng 4822: Tunneling & Underground Construction Techniques
  • Exp Eng 6000: Special Problems (maximum of 3 credit hours may be taken at the discretion of the program coordinators)
  • Exp Eng 6001: Regulatory Issues in the Explosives Industry
  • Exp Eng 6412 / Min Eng 6622: Environmental Controls for Blasting
  • Exp Eng 6312: Scientific Instrumentation for Explosives Testing & Blasting (on campus only)
  • Exp Eng 6212 / Min Eng 6632: Theory of High Explosives

* Curriculum is subject to change. Please contact the department for up-to-date information on courses. Other courses approved by the explosives engineering faculty may be substituted for any of the above listed courses on a case-by-case basis. For course descriptions, please refer to the Graduate Course Catalog.

Please check the semester wise Schedule of Classes for a current listing of the courses available for distance students.

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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 above. 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-matriculated status; however, if they complete the four-course sequence with a grade of B or better in each of the courses taken, they will be admitted to the MS explosives engineering program, upon application. The explosive engineering certificate credits taken by students admitted to the MS 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 courses 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/she maintains at least a B average in the courses taken.

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Students applying for a business project management graduate certificate will need the following:

Complete the Online Application. When you start your application select "Graduate Online/Distance" and then select which certificate you are applying for. Don't forget to list your current employer and company location on the application.

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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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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 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. 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 (MS)

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

*Completion of a graduate certificate program does not automatically guarantee admission into a corresponding graduate degree program. To continue in a master’s degree program, you must apply. Click here for details and check with academic department for program specific details and requirements.

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All courses are offered through distance education in a short condensed format, typically 5-8 weeks in length, over the internet, via live streaming video; collaborative learning software includes WebEx and Blackboard; classes are archived online for review and easy access.

Course Management Software: Blackboard.

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Department of Mining and Explosives Engineering

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