If you’re currently working in a mining or geological engineering industry and are seeking to develop specialized skills in rock mass behavior and properties, the online Graduate Certificate in Geomechanics/Rock Mechanics is an ideal solution. The program provides in-depth insight into geological engineering and mining principles shaped and taught by experts in the industry and leading faculty.
As a student, you’ll examine the core technical and scientific principles that guide safe, geotechnical design and evaluation, gaining the competencies needed to navigate the excavation process. You’ll closely explore aspects of underground construction and stability analysis, learning to harvest raw materials while eliminating the hazards of subterranean ventures. Additionally, you’ll have the opportunity to pursue an elective course in the area of study that interests you most, with topics ranging from mine ventilation and soil assessment to earth pressure theories.
The program is shaped by industry leaders to offer a relevant, rigorous exploration of advanced concepts in geological engineering. The curriculum is presented through interactive learning materials and projects, which makes the program a convenient means of professional development for those working full-time.
Beyond that, should you decide to pursue the Master of Engineering in Mining and Geological Engineering after graduation, all the units of credit completed through the certificate can be transferred.
Program Format Options: On-Campus, Online
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
Arizona Online - 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 2.75 based on a 4.00 scale, is required for admission to a Graduate College Certificate program. Calculation of the GPA is based on the following:·
Students who DO NOT meet the minimum 2.75 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 2.75 are eligible to apply to a certificate 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)
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.
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
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.