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2017-2018 Catalog 
2017-2018 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mining Engineering, M.S.

Department Head: Mr. Scott Rosenthal
  (406) 496-4867


Field of Study

Mining engineers design, construct, and manage surface and underground mines in an environmentally responsible manner. A mining engineer must be proficient in the permitting, planning, development, operation, reclamation and closure of mines and be able to apply, in the field, the technical skills required. Master of Science candidates in Mining Engineering may choose to study in the areas of mechanics of geologic materials, blasting, materials handling, mine valuation, ventilation, geostatistics, mine design, mine safety, and environmental management and design of mines.

Degree Program

Thesis, Publishable Paper and Non-Thesis options are offered. A program of courses is established in consultation between the student and the graduate committee chairman with the aid and advice of committee members. The graduate committee chairman will be assigned on the basis of the thesis chosen or the program outlined. Deficiency courses may be taken concurrently with the graduate program courses defined if they do not exceed more than 15 credit hours of deficiencies.

Seminar Requirements: T.C. 5150 - Graduate Writing Seminar  or equivalent, MIN 5940 - Mining Engineering Seminar  (need to take twice)


The final examination for the thesis-option students will consist of an oral presentation and defense of the thesis. Questions may be asked on any topic related to the thesis or course work taken as part of the graduate program. The presentation will be open to all interested parties, but the defense of the thesis will be open only to the graduate committee. The final examination for the non-thesis-option students will consist of a written and/or an oral examination. The committee chairman will administer a written examination formulated by the committee. The oral examination will draw questions from the written examination plus any of the course work that is part of the graduate program