This program is available both campus and online.

The Master of Engineering in Mining, Geological, and Geophysical Engineering is one of the only 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
  • My Information and Production Technology
  • My 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.


The structure of the courses offered through the 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


Ideal candidates for the graduate programs in engineering offered by the University of Arizona will meet the following admissions standards:

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA in previous academic coursework
  • Graduated from an accredited engineering bachelor’s program or have earned a degree in a related discipline (math, physics)
  • Some courses may also require that students have completed specific prerequisites
  • Specific or additional prerequisites will be required for Mining and Geological Engineering candidates dependent upon their backgrounds in the STEM or other disciplines, such as those with an undergraduate degree in geology. Please contact an Admissions Counselor for details.
  • Additionally, courses are available for students who need to strengthen their math skills.
Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated January 31, 2019
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