Master of Engineering in Mining, Geological and Geophysical Engineering

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 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 the emphasis area that is chosen. Armed with this focused skill-set, you’ll be well-prepared to pursue mining and geological engineering roles and other enhanced opportunities in the field.

The program is comprised of an entirely flexible curriculum, allowing you to choose from a number of emphasis areas, including (but not limited to):

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

With flexible requirements and these specialized areas of focus, you’ll be able to build a program that suits your goals. Each course is led by expert faculty members, with a curriculum that blends live instruction with a convenient, asynchronous online format. Online learning is a perfect fit for working professionals looking to enhance their career prospects, with most part-time students completing the program in 18-24 months.

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Curriculum

The structure of the courses offered through the online Master of Engineering in Mining, Geological and Geophysical Engineering varies, with some offered in a live, interactive format and others offered in an asynchronous, on-demand structure. Additionally, some courses will run for the entire duration of a semester and other intensive, shorter courses will consist of anything from 2-3 days to 2 weeks of class time. This makes the program both flexible and dynamic.

The Master of Engineering (ME) program is designed to be flexible and to accommodate practicing engineers. The program consists of the following requirements:

Required Courses

Core Courses: 17 units

  • At least 9 units in an emphasis area
  • 5-8 units of electives (including up to 6 units of one-unit short courses)
  • 0-3 units of independent study or report

Business/Engineering Management (at least): 3 units
Applied Engineering/Mathematics (at least): 3 units
Entrepreneurship/Innovation/Design (at least): 3 units
Advanced Engineering Science (at least): 3 units
Research Seminar: 1 unit

Total: 30 units

The list below explores some of the example emphasis areas that you can choose from. However, additional emphasis areas are possible within the general topics of mining engineering, geological engineering, geophysical engineering, and other appropriate areas of study.

Example Emphasis Areas (at least 9 units, not including short courses)

Geomechanics

Course # Course Name Units
CE 540 Soils Foundation Engineering 3 Units
CE 541 Earth Structures 3 Units
MNE 527 Geomechanics 3-4 Units
MNE 547 Underground Construction Geomechanics 3 Units
MNE 580 The Mechanics of Failure in Rock and Other Brittle Materials 3 Units
MNE 515 Rock Excavation 3 Units
MNE 517 Tailings Storage Facility Design 3 Units

Mine Information and Production Technology

Course # Course Name Units
MNE 507 Equipment Operations Technology 3 Units
MNE 519 Mine Planning Software (short course) 1 Unit
MNE 536 Surface Mine Design 3 Units
MNE 538 Underground Mine Design 2 Units
SIE 531 Simulations Modeling and Analysis 3 Units
SIE 548 Operations Research Modeling 3 Units
SIE 554A The Systems Engineering Process 3 Units

Mine Health and Safety

Course # Course Name Units
CPH 522 Safety Fundamentals 3 Units
CPH 553 Toxicology and Chemical Exposures 3 Units
CPH 573A Basic Principles of Epidemiology 3 Units
CPH 574 Health Administration and Policy 3 Units
CPH 575 Environmental and Occupational Health 3 Units
CPH 576A Biostatistics (may be used to satisfy math requirement) 3 Units
CPH 577 Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health 3 Units
MNE 522 Engineering Sustainable Development 3 Units
MNE 526 Health and Safety in Mining 1 Unit
MNE 576 Fundamentals of Mine Ventilation 4 Units

Mineral Processing

Course # Course Name Units
MNE 511 Mineral Processing 3 Units
MNE 539 Surface Chemistry of Flotation 3 Units
MNE 550 Elements of In-situ Leaching 3 Units
MNE 565 Hydrometallurgy 3 Units
MNE 567 Applied Pyrometallurgy 3 Units

Sustainable Resource Development

Course # Course Name Units
ABE 526 Soil and Water Conservation Engineering 3 Units
AREC 576 Natural Resource Law and Economics 3 Units
MNE 522 Engineering Sustainable Development 3 Units
MNE 541 Environmental Management and Mine Reclamation 3 Units

For additional course descriptions, see our online course catalog.

In addition to completing the requirements for an emphasis area, you’ll also need to fulfill the following course criteria.

Electives (5-8 units)
These courses are subject to the approval of the advisory committee. Up to 6 units of short courses (696x, 697x, etc.) may be used as elective credit.

Business Fundamentals (at least 3 units)
Take one of the following courses: SIE 557, ENGR 565, MNE 530

Applied Engineering/Mathematics (at least 3 units)
Take one of the following courses: SIE 530, ABE 513, MNE 520

Entrepreneurship/Innovation/Design (at least 3 units)
Take one of the following courses: SIE 567, MNE 536, MNE 515

Advanced Engineering Science (at least 3 units)
Take one of the following courses: MNE 527, MNE 511, MNE 507

Independent Study (MNE 599) or Report (MNE 909) (up to 3 units)

The project or independent study must be appropriate to the student’s plan of study, and is subject to the approval, in advance, by the student’s advisory committee.