Contact Mining Engineering faculty if you have any questions about admissions procedures.
Graduate Program Director:
Raj R. Kallu, Ph.D.
Mining & Metallurgical Engineering
For more information about graduate school admissions, please visit http://www.unr.edu/grad/admissions
The Department of Mining and Metallurgical Engineering offers programs leading to the degree of Master of Science in mining engineering. The students can elect to pursue in one of the following specialization fields, such as, mine design, rock mechanics, mine ventilation, computer applications, automation, material handling, mine management, operations research, and mineral economics.
A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university is required in order to be accepted as a graduate student. For full graduate standing, at least 30 credits of undergraduate work in mining engineering or related sciences must have been completed.
In addition, students must meet the following requirements:
Prospective graduate students should send all their application material directly to the Graduate School. The department does not accept any application material directly from the prospective students.
The department offers several graduate fellowships i.e. Research Assistantships (RA) and Teaching Assistantships. Requests for teaching assistantships should be submitted to the department prior to March 15, but all applications will be considered regardless of date of submission. Requests for research assistantships must be submitted directly to the corresponding professors in the department.
M.S. Mining Engineering Options
Students must choose between the following two options (Plan A or Plan B):
Plan A: Thesis Option
This plan requires students to write and successfully defend a thesis. General university requirements for graduating with Plan A:
Plan B: Non-thesis Option
This plan requires students to pass a written comprehensive examination (MINE 795 – 1 credit) given by the department covering recommended core courses. The candidate will have the option to choose four courses out of total six courses listed under recommended core courses. Students must earn a passing grade/satisfactory grade on each of those four subject areas with only two attempts allowed. Students who do not pass the exam after two attempts will be dismissed from the graduate program. Requirements for graduating with Plan B are:
Specific Course Requirements
The following are the list of recommended core courses and approved technical elective courses for mining engineering program:
Recommended Core Courses (total 12 credits)*
1. MINE 615R Surface Mine Design (2 credits) (or)
MINE 616 Underground Mine Design (2 credits)
2. MINE 648 Rock Mechanics (4 credits)
3. MINE 644 Mine Environmental Control (3 credits)
4. MINE 613 Mineral Reserve Estimation (3 credits) (or)
GE 743 Geostatistics (3 credits)
Technical Electives (total 12 to 19 credits)
Typically the mining engineering advisor or the student advisory committee customizes the technical elective courses based on the needs and interests of the student in specialty areas. Listed below are some approved electives:
1. MINE 611 Mine Economics (2 credits)
2. MINE 618 Mine Feasibility (3 credits)
3. MINE 622 Advanced Mineral Processing (3 credits)
4. MINE 625 Engineering Power (3 credits)
5. MINE 635 Robotics (3 credits)
6. MINE 645 Rock Excavation (2 credits)
7. MINE 672 World Mineral Economics (3 credits)
8. GE 683 Geological Eng. Slope Stability (4 credits)
9. MINE 695 Special Problems (3-6 credits)
10. MINE 701/702 Advanced Mining
11. CEE 704 Applied Finite Element Analysis (3 credits)
12. ME 720 Continuum Mechanics (3 credits)
13. MINE 725 Heat Mass Transfer (3 credits)
14. MINE 745 Advanced Rock Mechanics (3 credits)
15. ME 751 Computational Structural Analysis (3 credits)
16. STAT 755 Multivariate Data Analysis (3 credits)
17. MINE 791 Graduate Seminar (3 credits max)
18. MINE 796 Professional Paper (3 credits max)
Other Program Requirements
The following deficiencies to be made up by students with B.S. degrees other than mining engineering: