Graduate Certificate Programs

Mining Engineering

Department of Mining and Nuclear Engineering

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.

Students admitted to the certificate program must take the four required courses and earn a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better to earn the certificate. Students are admitted in 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 may be admitted to the master of engineering or master of science degree program in mining engineering, if they so choose. The certificate credits taken by students admitted to the graduate degree program will count toward 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.

The following four courses are required:

  • 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

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

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 MIN ENG 4932: Underground Mining Methods And Equipment

Principles of planning, constructing, and operating economically viable underground mines. Cost effective mining methods: room-and-pillar, sublevel open stopping, VCR, shrinkage, sublevel caving, cut-and-fill, block caving, longwall. Selection of equipment for underground mining operations. Optimization of mine performance. Field Trip Required. Prerequisites: Min Eng 2924, Min Eng 3512; coreq. Min Eng 3913; Min Eng 4823.

MIN ENG 4933: Surface Mining Methods And Equipment
Principles of planning, constructing, and operating economically viable surface mines. Cost effective mining methods: placer mining, strip mining, open pit mining, quarrying. Selection of equipment for surface mining operations. Optimization of mine performance. Field trip required. Prerequisites: Min Eng 3912; Min Eng 2914; Min Eng 3512; coreq. Min Eng 4823.

MIN ENG 4823: Rock Mechanics
Applications of the fundamental principles of mechanics to engineering problems of equilibrium, strength and stiffness of rock materials. Review of in-situ stresses, laboratory and field instrumentation, rock and rock mass properties, pillar design, roof span design, rock reinforcement, surface subsidence, slope stability, and violent failures. Field trip required. Prerequisites: IDE 2340, or Civ Eng 2200 and IDE 2350; and Geology 3310.

MIN ENG 4742 Environmental Aspects Of Mining (LEC 3.0)
Permitting: the legal environment of reclamation and environmental impact assessment; post-mining land-use selection and mine planning for optimum reclamation of all mines: metal, nonmetal, and coal; unit operations of reclamation: drainage, backfill, soil replacement, revegetation, maintenance, etc. Prerequisites: Geo Eng 1150; Min Eng 4932 and 4933 or prereq./coreq. Civ Eng 3715. (Co-listed with Geo Eng 4276). 

*Curriculum is subject to change. Please contact the department for up-to-date information on courses. Other courses approved by the mining engineering faculty may be substituted for any of the above-listed courses on a case-by-case basis.

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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 are given three years to complete the program so long as he/she maintains 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 Nuclear Engineering
Phone: 573-341-7652

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