Mining Engineering—MS, PhD

Mining is experiencing a resurgence in Michigan's Western Upper Peninsula. New technologies and higher prices for metals are prompting international mining companies to explore for and develop prospects that were previously technologically and economically infeasible. Focus on advancing new technologies and safe and environmentally responsible mining practices. Are you ready?

Our Accelerated Master's Program is available for current Michigan Tech students.

Program Overview

The master's and doctorate in mining engineering program research spans from fundamental and precise laboratory studies of rocks and minerals to field studies in remote and rugged locations to high-performance computing (including machine learning and data visualization). Our researchers help companies extract oil from abandoned or nearly abandoned fields—enhancing US energy independence, study computational fluid dynamics for mine ventilation, model mining-related environmental problems related to groundwater flow and transport of solutes, enhance mine health and safety and much more.

  • Delivery Options

    • On-Campus: MS, PhD
    • Accelerated: MS

Mining Engineering Program Details

Choose a specific degree option or delivery type to learn more about the mining engineering program at Michigan Tech. For international students, Mining Engineering is a designated STEM program.

On-Campus Programs

Additional Program Information

Want to learn more about mining engineering at Michigan Tech? Visit the department for more information:


Graduate Director

Luke Bowman

Graduate Assistant

Brittany Buschell


Sample Areas of Interest

Select areas of interest to help customize your mining engineering MS or PhD. Sample areas include:

  • Mining Engineering
  • Geomorphology
  • Mineralogy
  • Remote Sensing

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Application Process and Admissions Requirements

Applications are reviewed on an individual basis using a holistic approach. Fill out our free graduate application online to apply to any of our programs. Official transcripts and scores are not required for the initial application, although you will need to upload them later.

Accredited by HLC

Michigan Tech has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) since 1928. Our Graduate School offers over 125 certificates, master's, and PhD programs to provide our students and the world with what tomorrow needs.

Who You'll Work With

Our faculty are as diverse as their specialties, from seismic source mechanisms of tectonic and volcanic earthquakes, or using satellite measurements to constrain global volcanic SO2 production and emissions from individual volcanoes.

Where You'll Work

Department laboratories are equipped and operated to support the field and modeling studies including seismic petrophysics, rock and mineral preparation and visualization, environmental magnetism, aquatic optics and remote sensing, and geo-hazard and geo-resource characterization. The Computational Research Center, housed at the Great Lakes Research Center on campus, is home to the region's most powerful supercomputer "Superior".

Faculty Spotlight

John Gierke

John Gierke
Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering Sciences

"Understanding earth systems are vital to locate and develop natural resources and mitigate natural hazards."

Satellite, airborne, and ground- based technologies are rapidly evolving to enhance our abilities to characterize and understand earth landscapes and underlying geologic systems, water bodies, and the atmosphere. Strategies to mitigate for natural hazards, explore for and develop natural resources, and forecast human and natural impacts are also evolving as we grow our understanding of earth systems.

Program Faculty