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Rock Mechanics (Certificate NDP) 
Program Description

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

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
Tuition and Fees
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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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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 Geomechanics will be better prepared to understand complex issue in rock mass behaviors and 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 Geomechanics certificate option will consist of four required classes:
  • MNE 527           Geomechanics (3 units of lectures, no laboratory)
  • MNE 580           Rock Fracture Mechanics (3 units)
  • MNE 547           Underground Construction Geomechanics (3 units)
  • MNE 515           Rock Excavation (3 units)
Electives are:
  • CE 540   Foundation Engineering (3 units)
  • CE 541   Earth Structures in Geotechnical Engineering (3 units)
  • MNE 576           Mine Ventilation (3 units of lectures, no laboratory)
  • MNE 909           Independent Study (1-3 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 18 Oct 2016