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For the past 135 years, the University of Arizona has been the state's sole provider of academic and research programs focused on mineral engineering and the science of non-renewable resources. Throughout this time, the university has been responsible for some of the world's most important innovations in mineral resource development.

In keeping with our dedication to innovation, we offer a uniquely specialized and practical online Master of Engineering in Mining, Geological and Geophysical Engineering degree along with four focused certificate programs that can help you explore this dynamic field.

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Master of Engineering in Mining, Geological and Geophysical Engineering

The online Master of Engineering in Mining, Geological and Geophysical Engineering is one of the only online programs of its kind, examining fundamental concepts in mineral engineering supported by groundbreaking research in the field. You'll gain an advanced understanding of core technical principles while also pursuing coursework in finance and management, legal issues, and other administrative concerns specific to industry leadership. Armed with this focused skill-set, you'll be well-prepared to pursue mineral resource management roles and enhanced opportunities in fields like geotechnical engineering.

The program features a flexible curriculum, allowing you to choose from emphasis areas including:

  • Geomechanics
  • Mine Information and Production Technology
  • Mine Health and Safety
  • Mineral Processing
  • Sustainable Resource Development
  • Mine Management

You'll learn from expert researchers and industry executives as you build a program that suits your goals.

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Graduate Certificates

The University of Arizona is proud to offer online graduate certificates in specialized areas within the mining and geological engineering fields. These programs can help you gain the competencies you need to pursue new professional opportunities and lead the industry into the future. Certificate coursework is technical and practical, supporting advanced insights in the area that’s most relevant to your goals. The convenient, 100% online format empowers you to work full-time as you expand your skill-set, completing the certificate in as little as one year.


If you're seeking to develop specialized skills in rock mass behavior and properties, the online Graduate Certificate in Geomechanics/Rock Mechanics/Geotechnical provides insight into geological engineering and mining principles. The rigorous curriculum was shaped by experts in the industry and leading faculty. As a student, you'll explore aspects of underground construction and stability analysis, learning to harvest raw materials while eliminating hazards.


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 is taken to minimize risks to workers. The online Graduate Certificate in Mining Occupational Safety and Health can help you rise to the challenge of creating a hazardless mining environment by bringing specialized, well-honed skills to your workplace.


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 online Graduate Certificate in Mine Production and Information Technology can help you reach your goals. The program, taught by leaders in the mining industry and accomplished University of Arizona faculty, consists of detailed courses in the applications, software, and advanced technologies used to shape the production process on a daily basis. The program can offer you the opportunity to complete practical training in various systems and gain insight into the systems engineering process, preparing you to create new platforms and structures that suit any situation.


The online Graduate Certificate in Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy can help you effectively use the most current methods of ore and mineral processing to efficiently harvest metals and other materials. The program's curriculum presents both a scientific and financial examination of mineral extraction techniques to offer you a complete perspective on the challenges of extractive metallurgy. You can also explore hydrometallurgy, leaching, and water chemistry, building your expertise in aqueous extraction.

Fill out the form to learn more about developing specialized skills in our online graduate certificate programs and download a free brochure

About The University of Arizona

Since its founding in 1885, the University of Arizona has stood as a national leader in practical education that helps students achieve incredible things. Our mission is to graduate students who are sought after by employers and prepared to embark on engaging, fulfilling careers.

Equipped with skills, knowledge, experience, and the entrepreneurial spirit they gain at the UA, our students become highly skilled members of society who lead with determination, innovate without limits and benefit our state, our nation, and the world in boundless ways.

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  • #30 Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs (U.S. News & World Report, 2022)
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  • National Science Foundation (NSF) ranks the UA 38th in research and development expenditures among public universities and colleges, and 38th among public and private universities and colleges (2017)
  • The UA ranks #48 nationally according to the Center for University World Rankings (2020-2021)
  • One of the nation’s top producers of Fulbright Scholars
  • Member of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), one of 62 leading public and private research universities in the United States and Canada and the only AAU member in Arizona