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Mining Occupational Safety and Health (Certificate NDP)  
Program Description

While the risks involved in mining operations can be mitigated by correct processes, the need for dedicated, well-trained specialists in mining safety is growing. As it is, there are roughly 14,400 mines inspected by the Mine Safety and Health Administration each year for compliance with occupational and health regulations. Each of these sites requires the expertise of safety-minded professionals to ensure that every measure of risk avoidance is properly taken.

The Graduate Certificate in Mining Occupational Safety and Health can help you rise to the challenge of creating a hazardless mining environment. You’ll complete advanced coursework in ventilation, geomechanics, chemical exposure, and other fundamental areas, learning to design processes and procedures that minimize the inherent risks of excavation. Each course has been designed with the input of experts in the industry and is taught by leading UA faculty members.

This cutting-edge, specialized training can be completed entirely online, making the program a great choice for working professionals like you looking to develop their skills.

The program requires the completion of 15 units of credit, presenting an accelerated path to new opportunities and specialized skills that can help you maintain safety. Course requirements for the program are flexible and individualized, allowing you to choose 3 electives that fit your professional environment and aspirations.

Additionally, for those who might be interested in pursuing the Master of Engineering in Mining and Geological Engineering after graduation, all of the units of the certificate program curriculum can be transferred.

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 Information

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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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.

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

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 15th

International Applicants:

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

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 Mining Occupational Safety and Health will be better prepared to achieve certification as mine safety professionals and can advance on to Master of Science, Master of Engineering or Master of Public Health programs.
Curriculum:  15 units of credit beyond the Bachelors of Science in Mining Engineering or a related degree in engineering, science, or health profession.
The Mine Health and Safety certificate option will consist of three required classes:
  • MNE 576           Mine Ventilation (3 units of lectures, no laboratory)
  • MNE 526           Mine Health and Safety (1 unit)
  • CPH 553            Toxicology and Chemical Exposures (3 units)
The elective courses are:
  • CPH 522            Safety Fundamentals (3 units)
  • CPH 576A         Biostatistics (3 units)
  • MNE 521           Disease and Illness in Mining (3 units)
  • MGE 527           Geomechanics (3 units of lectures, no laboratory)
  • MNE 547           Underground Construction Geomechanics (3 units)
  • CPH 574            Health Administration and Policy (3 units)
  • CPH 575            Environmental and Occupational Health (3 units)
  • CPH 573A         Basic Principles of Epidemiology (3 units)
  • CPH 577            Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health (3 units)
Minor Requirements
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Last revised 18 Oct 2016