Doctoral (PhD) Program
University of Arizona mining and geological engineering grad students are industrious, entrepreneurial, forward-thinking individuals with a deep understanding of the need to preserve the earth’s resources and protect the environment for generations to come. Grad students are developing extraction and processing methods, making mining safer and more efficient, converting mine waste into consumer products and advancing technology for mining operations.
UA mining and geological engineering grad programs provide a number of high-profile research opportunities in the following focus areas:
The doctoral program is designed to prepare a professional engineer for senior responsibility in industry, research, or teaching. The successful candidate must demonstrate the ability to devise and execute a program of study and research, which makes a fundamentally new contribution to the chosen field. The most important aspect of the doctoral program is the dissertation, which is the evidence of this fundamental contribution. The student should be prepared for an often lengthy and certainly very demanding period of study beyond the master’s degree.
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.
The University of Arizona is the place of choice for students looking to make a career of mining engineering. Arizona is the home to some of the biggest mines in the world. And international companies such as Caterpillar, Hexagon Mining and Freeport-MacMoRan are headquartered in Tucson.
Our graduate students are industrious, entrepreneurial, forward-thinking individuals with a deep understanding of the need to preserve the earth’s resources and protect the environment for generations to come.
College of Engineering
University of Arizona - Main - Tucson
Thank you for your interest in The University of Arizona College of Engineering. Your application will be considered once you have submitted all required documentation. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed and will be automatically denied. Please be aware of the Graduate college GPA Requirements:
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 Materials for Graduate Application:
Minimum Admission Requirements:
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/.
We do not accept applications for the Spring semester.
International applicants may be considered for conditional admission to this program at the department's discretion.
ETS Major Field Code(s) for this program:
Have your GRE scores sent to 1606 Geological/Geophysical Engineering,1607 Mining and Mineral Engineering, or the University of Arizona, use institution code 4832.
PhD – 24 units
A minimum of 24 units of graduate level courses, exclusive of dissertation or thesis units, must be in the major subject area. The major subject area is that group of courses centered on the dissertation, which improves the student's background for eventual preparation of the dissertation,
MNE 696A Research Seminar 2 unit
MNE 920 Dissertation 18 units
MNE 530 Mine Examination & Valuation 3 units
MNE 511 Mineral Processing 3 units
MNE 527 Geomechanics 3 units
MNE 507 Equipment Operations Technology 3 units
MNE 565 Hydrometallurgy 3 units
MNE 547 Underground Construction Geomechanics 3 units
MNE 550 Solution Mining 3 units
MNE 576 Mine Ventilation 4 units
MNE 526 Health & Safety 1 unit
Substituitions allowed with the consent of your Advisor.
Specific elective coursework is not required. All courses are chosen in consultation with your Advisor. A minimum of 24 units of graduate level courses in the major is required.
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. Additionally, all applicants MUST meet the minimum GPA requirement of 3.00.
One or two minor subject areas, typically comprising a total of at least 12 units of course work as specified by the minor department(s), are required. The minor subject area is selected to provide additional background information pertinent to the preparation of the dissertation. The Minor is chosen in consultation with your Advisor.
Please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for students who are pursuing this program of study.
|Application Acceptance Rate||25%|
|Med. Time-to-degree (years)||4.00|
|Enrollment Percent Male||73.91%|
|Enrollment Percent Female||26.09%|
|Enrollment Percent International||56.52%|
|Enrollment Percent URM||4.35%|