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Mine Production & Info Tech (Certificate NDP) 
Program Description

Mining operations demand a very specific type of expertise, both in terms of scientific knowledge and the unique technological tools utilized. Engineers with a complete grasp of operational and computing tools that impact the day-to-day functions of an excavation can provide significant value to their organization. Those that can also help keep production processes cost-efficient can be truly invaluable assets.

As a student of the Graduate Certificate in Mine Production and Information Technology, you’ll complete advanced coursework that explores the operational systems used to drive efficient mining facilities around the world.

If you’re interested in developing your ability to find (or build) the right tool for the challenge at hand and use it effectively, the program can help you reach your goals. The program, designed and taught by leaders in the mining industry and accomplished UA faculty, consists of detailed courses in the applications, software, and advanced technologies used to shape the production process on a daily basis. The program closely examines technologies used to monitor mining environments, manage information, and recognize patterns in statistical data.

This program can also offer you the opportunity to complete hands-on training in various systems and gain insight into the systems engineering process, preparing you to create new platforms and structures that suit any situation. Upon graduation, you’ll be poised to use these principles to design and maintain large-scale earth-moving systems, analyze operational processes for financial concerns, and generate and use valuable modeling information to drive more efficient practices.

If, after graduating from the program, you decide to pursue the Master of Engineering in Mining and Geological Engineering, all of the credits earned during your certificate coursework are transferrable towards that credential. 

Program Format Options: On-Campus, Online

Department/Academic Unit(s)

Mining & Geologicl Engineering -

College of Engineering  
Campuses where offered
Main Campus - Tucson UA Online  
Admissions Contact
Sherri E Raskin
Graduate Program Coordinator
Sherri E Raskin
Director of Graduate Studies
John M Kemeny
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Christina M Inocencio
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Admissions 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:·        

  • Twelve or more graded units obtained as a graduate student
  • Applicant's undergraduate record comprised of their most recent 60 graded units
  • Or a combination of the last 60 units of undergraduate and graduate coursework (2 year, full-time equivalent for non-US or non-semester type credit hours) when fewer than twelve units of graduate coursework have been completed
  • On very rare and exceptional circumstances will a student be accepted through the graduate college with a GPA below a 3.0
  • Prospective students holding a comparable bachelor's degree but not meeting the minimum 3.0 GPA requirement may still be eligible for admission as a Graduate Non-Degree seeking student.

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

Required application materials are:

  • Resume
  • Official transcripts from all universities/colleges attended (Official transcripts will be required once admitted)
  • TOEFL Scores (For international applicants only)

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Standardized Tests

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)

Financial Aid

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

Admissions Deadlines

Domestic Applicants:

  • Fall: July 15th
  • Spring: November 18th

International Applicants:

  • Fall Online: July 15th
  • Spring Online: November 18th 

The Graduate College will not issue an I-20 for Certificate programs.

International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832

Completion Requirements

Degree Requirements

Description: Graduates of the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Mine Production and Information Technology will better understand how information technology can be used to maximize mine production and can advance on to Master of Science, or Master of Engineering programs. 

Curriculum:  15 units of credit beyond the Bachelors of Science in Mining Engineering or a related degree in engineering, science, or business profession.

Required coursework:

  • MNE 507           Equipment Operations Technology (3 units)
  • MNE 522           Engineering Sustainable Development (3 units)
  • MNE 530           Mine Examination and Valuation (3 units)

Elective coursework:

  • MNE 587            Applied Neural Network Computing (3 units)
  • SIE 531              Simulation Modeling & Analysis (3 units)
  • SIE 530              Engineering Statistics (3 units)
  • SIE 548              Operations Research Modeling (3 units)
  • SIE 557              Project Management (3 units)

Course substitutions or changes in electives are allowed with the approval of the MGE faculty member in charge of the selected track

Minor Requirements
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Last revised 10 Nov 2016