The University of Arizona has one of the top mining engineering programs in the world, starting with:
UA Mining and Geological Engineering faculty and graduates, many of whom rise to leadership positions, are a big part of the global mining community. The world relies on mineral resource development, and MGE faculty and alumni play key roles in ensuring safe and sustainable extraction of the important materials we all need for everyday life.
Master of Engineering (MEng) Program - Main Campus or Online Degree
Mining and material production has a direct impact on the economy, providing the building blocks for products and technologies that form the core of American (and global) life. Geological and Geophysical Engineering is a unique combination of earth sciences and engineering that has broad applications in the fields of mining engineering, civil engineering, petroleum engineering, and earth and environmental sciences. Geological and Geophysical engineering is at the forefront of some of the most important issues in our society today, including the design and safety of the “geo-infrastructure” (highway and rail slopes, dam, bridge and building foundations, tunnels, and other surface and underground excavations), and the safe extraction of energy resources including coal, natural gas, petroleum, geothermal and nuclear power.
The Master of Engineering in Mining, Geological and Geophysical Engineering will examine fundamental concepts supported by groundbreaking research in the field. You’ll gain an advanced understanding of core technical principles while also pursuing coursework in finance and management, legal issues, and other administrative concerns specific to the emphasis area that is chosen. Armed with this focused skill-set, you’ll be well-prepared to pursue mining and geological engineering roles and other enhanced opportunities in the field.
The program is comprised of an entirely flexible curriculum, allowing you to choose from a number of emphasis areas, including (but not limited to):
With flexible requirements and these specialized areas of focus, you’ll be able to build a program that suits your goals. Each course is led by expert faculty members, with a curriculum that blends live instruction with a convenient, asynchronous online format. Online learning is a perfect fit for working professionals looking to enhance their career prospects, with most part-time students completing the program in 18-24 months.
The College of Engineering was founded when the University of Arizona opened its doors in 1885. Mining was the bedrock of Arizona’s economy at that time, and educating mining engineers was a top priority – indeed, it still is.
As the state’s economy grew and diversified, the College of Engineering continued to play a pivotal role in providing the research and engineering expertise necessary for that growth.
In today’s competitive environment, graduates of the college are the entrepreneurs developing high-tech companies that are creating jobs and improving our quality of life.
An engineering education will provide the research to build new industries and the knowledge for those who run them.
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Grade Point Average Requirements:
Applicants who apply for admission to the Graduate College are evaluated on the individual merits of their academic achievements and scholarly potential to complete graduate-level coursework and curriculum requirements. A minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00 based on a 4.00 scale, is required for admission to the Graduate College. Calculation of the GPA is based on the following:·
Students who DO NOT meet the minimum 3.0 GPA requirement with their undergraduate coursework may choose to satisfy their Graduate College minimum GPA requirement while in graduate Non-Degree Status. Students who complete 12 semester units of non-degree graded (A,B,C) 500 level or higher coursework with a minimum grade-point average of 3.00 are eligible to apply to a degree program. Once students have received 12 or more graduate units, the graduate GPA will be the only GPA the Graduate College will use to finalize admission. Individual programs may still consider all coursework when making recommendation decisions for a particular degree program. Students may transfer up to twelve Non-Degree status units into their desired degree program with the approval of their program and the Graduate College Degree Certification office. For more information on the Graduate College GPA Requirements please visit their website at www.grad.arizona.edu.
Required application materials are:
Apply online at grad.arizona.edu
No GRE exam is required for admission to the program. Applicants who do not have a degree from an English-speaking university must complete the TOEFL (or equivalent) to demonstrate proficiency in English.
Minimum TOEFL: 550-paper based (PB) or 79-internet based (iBT) (FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ONLY)
Minimum IELTS: composite score of 7 (no subject area below 6). (FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ONLY)
The Mining & Geological Engineering Department cannot guarantee that every admitted applicant will receive financial aid. If you are admitted into the Graduate program, you will discuss with your faculty advisor whether or not funding is available.
For further information about financial aid offered through the University as well as student loans and Pell grants please visit the webpage for the Office of Student Financial Aid at http://financialaid.arizona.edu/.
International applicants may be considered for conditional admission to this program at the department's discretion.
Master’s programs are 30 credit hours and can be completed in 2 semesters.
The ME program consists of the following requirements:
Core courses: 17 units
Business Fundamentals (at least 3 units)
Take one of the following courses: SIE 557, MNE 530
Applied Engineering/Mathematics (at least 3 units)
Take one of the following courses: SIE 530, BE 513, MNE 520
Entrepreneurship/Innovation/Design (at least 3 units)
Take one of the following courses: SIE 567, MNE 536, MNE 515
Advanced Engineering Science (at least 3 units)
Take one of the following courses: MNE 527, MNE 511, MNE 507
Research Seminar MNE 696A 1 unit
TOTAL: 30 units
Example Emphasis Areas (at least 9 units, not including short courses)
MNE 527 Geomechanics 3-4 Units
MNE 547 Underground Construction Geomechanics 3 Units
MNE 580 The Mechanics of Failure in Rock and Other Brittle Materials 3 Units
MNE 515 Rock Excavation 3 Units
MNE 517 Tailings Storage Facility Design 3 Units
MNE 507 Equipment Operations Technology 3 Units
MNE 519 Mine Planning Software (short course) 1 Unit
MNE 536 Surface Mine Design 3 Units
MNE 538 Underground Mine Design 2 Units
SIE 531 Simulations Modeling and Analysis 3 Units
SIE 548 Operations Research Modeling 3 Units
SIE 554A The Systems Engineering Process 3 Units
EPID 573A Basic Principles of Epidemiology 3 Units
PHPM 574 Health Administration and Policy 3 Units
EHS 575 Environmental and Occupational Health 3 Units
BIOS 576A Biostatistics (may be used to satisfy math requirement) 3 Units
HPS 577 Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health 3 Units
MNE 522 Engineering Sustainable Development 3 Units
MNE 526 Health and Safety in Mining 1 Unit
MNE 576 Fundamentals of Mine Ventilation 4 Units
BE 526 Soil and Water Conservation Engineering 3 Units
AREC 576 Natural Resource Law and Economics 3 Units
MNE 522 Engineering Sustainable Development 3 Units
MNE 541 Environmental Management and Mine Reclamation 3 Units
Electives (5-8 units)
These courses are subject to the approval of the advisory committee. Up to 6 units of short courses (696x, 697x, etc.) may be used as elective credit.Electives (5-8 units)
Pre-requisites Needed for Graduate Admission: The background coursework we look for is 3 semesters of calculus (for some emphasis areas differential equations is required), 1-2 semesters of physics (depending on the emphasis area), statics (for some emphasis areas strength of materials and mechanics of fluids), and a basic understanding of geologic principles. For those entering Mining Engineering from another discipline, we have developed a course to cover these pre-requisites. This 'bridge course' may be a required to be taken in your first semester and will apply for up to 3 units on your plan of study.
Please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for students who are pursuing this program of study.