Graduate Degree Programs

Master of Science in Explosives Technology

Program Description

 Students develop sophisticated skills in the integration of explosives technology into complex systems for a wide range of applications. Study theoretical and practical approaches of explosives engineering and learn analysis and design of explosive-related systems. The M.S. program requires a minimum of 30 hours of graduate credit. A core of four courses is required of all students, and a module of allied courses in departments outside of explosives is encouraged.

The M.S. degree with thesis requires the completion of 24 hours of graduate coursework and six hours of research (EXP ENG 6099), and the successful completion and defense of a research thesis.  

M.S. without thesis (by coursework): The M.S. degree without thesis requires the completion of 30 hours of graduate coursework with the same stipulations as above. The six hours of research is replaced by coursework which may include an explosives related cooperative work experience (EXP ENG 6070) or industry project (EXP ENG 6080) with an established company or government agency commonly using explosives and an additional explosives course.

Four of the following core courses are required of all M.S. students in Explosives Technology:

  • EXP ENG 5612 Principles of Explosives Engineering  
  • EXP ENG 5622 Blasting Design and Technology  
  • EXP ENG 5711 Explosives in Industry  
  • EXP ENG 5713 Demolition of Buildings and Structures  
  • EXP ENG 5721 Specialty Uses of Energetic Materials  
  • EXP ENG 5914 Explosives Manufacturing  
  • EXP ENG 5922 Advanced Tunneling and Underground Construction Techniques  
  • EXP ENG 6112 Explosives Regulations

Students select 12 hours of Explosive Engineering and other appropriate elective courses. M.S. in explosives technology candidates are advised to group out-of-department courses into a module that fits their special interest. 

EXP ENG 5612 Principles of Explosives Engineering 
Theory and application of explosives in the mining industry; explosives, initiating systems, characteristics of explosive reactions and rock breakage, fundamentals of blast design, drilling and blasting, regulatory and safety considerations. Prerequisites: MIN ENG 2126; successful background check. (Co-listed with MIN ENG 5612)

EXP ENG 5622 Blasting Design and Technology 
Advanced theory and application of explosives in excavation; detailed underground blast design; specialized blasting including blast casting, construction and pre-splitting. Introduction to blasting research. Examination of field applications. Prerequisites: MIN ENG 5612. Student must be at least 21 years of age. Successful background check. (Co-listed with MIN ENG 5622).

EXP ENG 5711 Explosives in Industry  
Overview of how explosives are applied in various industrial settings. Focus is placed on the general application, identification, and necessity of explosives in industry. Topics include explosive use in surface and underground mining, road development, construction, utility placement, demolition, oil, gas, and underwater.

EXP ENG 5713 Demolition of Buildings and Structures  
Provide participants with basics and solid grounding in the equipment, techniques and processes required for the demolition and remediation of mine plant and processing equipment sites and non-mining structures such as buildings, factories, bridges, etc. Field trip required. Prerequisites: Preceded or accompanied by CIV ENG 2200 or MECH ENG 2340; U.S. citizen or permanent resident; Successful background check.

EXP ENG 5721 Specialty Uses of Energetic Materials
Overview of special, less common uses of energetic materials and how they can be applied as a functional tool. Topics include the use of energetics in aerospace, explosive ordnance, oil field development, welding, pyrotechnics, theatrics, and cinematic special effects.

EXP ENG 5914 Explosives Manufacturing
History of industrial explosives from discovery to what is used today. Manufacturing processes for packaged and bulk explosives are explored along with specialty explosives such as detonating cord, cast boosters, detonators, shaped charges, and commercial fireworks. Field manufacturing of explosives by mixing or gassing is also covered.  

EXP ENG 5922 Advanced Tunneling and Underground Construction Techniques  
Advanced topics in mechanical and conventional excavation techniques in underground tunneling and construction. Topics include tunneling layouts design, equipment and performance modeling, ground control systems including support, drainage, and structural integrity. Construction specifications, advance rate and contractual and cost estimation. Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor (Co-listed with MIN ENG 5922).

EXP ENG 6112 Explosives Regulations
Comprehensive coverage of the federal regulations governing the explosives industry, including those governing storage of explosives (ATF), transportation of explosives (DOT and TSA), the environment (EPA) and use of explosives (OSM, MSHA and OSHA). Prerequisite: Graduate standing. 

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  • A bachelor's degree.
  • Undergraduate GPA ≥ 3.0/4.0; the GPA may be the cumulative GPA or the last 60 hours of the bachelor's program. For a GPA between 3.0 and 2.75 an applicant may be admitted as a probationary student.
  • Applicants must have experience in handling and using explosives.
  • GRE Scores: Students must take the GRE before the end of their first semester on campus, if they do not complete a graduate certificate first.
  • Unofficial transcripts are sufficient for an admit decision. Missouri S&T will require official transcripts from all schools attended before a student may register for a second semester at S&T. In order for a transcript to be counted as official, it must be sent directly from the school to S&T.
  • This program requires a statement of purpose (2-3 paragraphs explaining why you are applying to this program); and 3 letters of recommendation. You will be asked to upload or provide this information during the online application process.

The following graduate certificate programs may be used as a pathway to the Master of Science in Explosives Technology at Missouri S&T. The GRE is not required to be admitted to a graduate certificate program and credit earned may be counted toward the master's degree. Graduate certificate programs require 12 credit hours (4 courses) to complete. If you complete a certificate program with a grade of B or better in all core courses, you may apply to the corresponding master's degree program without taking the GRE.* Please keep in mind that starting with a certificate does not waive any prerequisite requirements. 

Graduate Certificate Programs

*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 and be accepted. 

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