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A graduate degree in mining engineering will prepare students for productive, lifelong careers. Students will participate in research on diverse teams and will pursue innovative ideas that will lead to new knowledge and challenge current industry practices. They will develop strong technical and communication skills to enable effective problem solving and continued learning.  




The Master of Engineering (M.E.) program is a professional, non-thesis based degree program especially suitable for mining engineers who wish to augment their technical knowledge. A total of 30 credit hours are required, and the M.E. program concludes with the approval of an engineering report. This is a terminal degree and does not qualify for continuing for the Ph.D.



The Master of Science (M.S.) program is a research based degree program. An individual program of study is designed for each student, providing an interdisciplinary program that is rigorous and challenging. A total of 30 credit hours are required, and the M.S. program concludes with the approval of a research based thesis.



The Department of Mining Engineering offers a Master of Science and Technology (M.S.T.) degree as part of the Professional Master of Science and Technology program. This is a program especially designed for individuals who wish to continue working in industry whie they pursue a masters degree. Request program details by clicking on the link below. 



The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program is a research based degree program. A total of 70 credit hours are required, and the Ph.D. program concludes with the approval of a significant, original dissertation.

The Ph.D. program usually revolves around the research currently being conducted by the departmnet's faculty members. Faculty members who are conducting research provide funding for qualified applicants to work on their research projects. If you qualify to receive funding through a faculty member, there is a university program that will pay for your tuition cost as well as include a stipend that helps with living expenses.

To be able to apply for the program you need to have a master’s degree in Mining Engineering or a related field. We don’t accept applications from students who only posess a bachelor's degree unless the applicant can demonstrate considerable industry experience that would make up for the lack of a completed master's degree.

If you are interested in the Ph.D. program, we recommend your first step be to visit the department's faculty page to familiarize yourself with the type of research being conducted and decide whether it is of interest to you.




The Department of Mining Engineering at the University of Utah has established a combined B.S./M.S. degree program in Mining Engineering.

The combined degree program is designed to be completed by students in five years and to culminate with simultaneous conferral of the Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees. The program is adapted from an existing program in the College of Engineering in order to build upon the solid foundation established by that program.

Students in the combined program begin their research early and complete advanced level courses during the senior year. These activities can accelerate completion of the combined program by a full year relative to enrollment in sequential B.S. – M.S. programs. Students are encouraged to begin research in the summer following their junior year. All students completing the combined B.S./M.S. degree in Mining Engineering will still meet the existing ABET standards for the undergraduate B.S. degree.




Instruction and research are available in the following areas: rock mechanics, numerical and physical modeling, geotechnical instrumentation, methane drainage, computer applications, ore reserve estimation, mine automation and mine/mill integration, surface and underground mining methods (metal, coal and industrial minerals).



Felipe Calizaya





Kitzia Casasola is the Administrative Program Coordinator and Graduate Academic Advisor. You may schedule an appointment with her online through Cranium Café by clicking on the link below. Alternatively, you may call her at 801-585-5176 between the hours of 8AM - 5PM MST or e-mail her anytime at   


Last Updated: 8/24/20