The mining industry is continuously tested by new challenges – both naturally occurring and technological – that require innovative solutions. Currently, one of the greatest concerns in mineral extraction and processing is the impact of these methods on the surrounding ecosystem. Balancing the economic prosperity supported by the mining industry and the responsible use of renewable and non-renewable resources is of the utmost importance, which makes engineers with the knowledge to use (and even create) new, low-waste methods of mineral processing more valuable than ever.
Mineral extraction is a nuanced branch of mining and geological engineering that demands a specialized, practical skill-set. These new, emerging techniques will only become more relevant as the world strives to address ecological and economic concerns in mineral extraction.
The Graduate Certificate in Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy can help you employ the industry’s most current methods of ore and mineral processing to efficiently harvest the metals and materials on which civilization depends. The program’s curriculum, built and led by influential figures in the mining industry alongside UA’s accomplished faculty, presents both a scientific and financial examination of mineral extraction and refinement to offer students a complete perspective on the challenges of geological processing.
As a student of the program, you can also explore hydrometallurgy, leaching, and water chemistry, building on your expertise to master aqueous extraction. While the program also explores several other methods of mineral processing, acquiring this particular skill can help you use one of the most newly developed methods in the field.
The program requires 15 units to complete, consisting of 12 required credits and 3 elective credits. All of the units of credit completed through the certificate can be counted towards the Master of Engineering in Mining and Geological Engineering should you decide to pursue it after graduation.
Program Format Options: On-Campus, Online
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/.
The Graduate College will not issue an I-20 for Certificate programs.
POST-BACCALAUREATE CERTIFICATE IN MINERAL PROCESSING
Description: Graduates of the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Mineral Processing will focus on physical and chemical unit operations used to separate and recover the economic minerals and metals from their ores. Graduates can advance on to Master of Science and/or Master of Engineering programs.
Description of the Curriculum: 15 units of credit beyond the Bachelors of Science in Mining Engineering or a related degree in engineering or science profession.
The Mineral Processing certificate option will consist of four required classes:
Course substitutions or changes in electives are allowed with the approval of the MGE faculty member in charge of the selected track.