PhD in Mining, Geological and Geophysical Engineering

Student in hardhat at mine siteThe PhD in mining, geological and geophysical engineering is designed to prepare a professional engineer for senior responsibility in industry, research or teaching. The successful candidate must demonstrate the ability to devise and execute a program of study and research, which makes a fundamentally new contribution to the chosen field. The most important aspect of the doctoral program is the dissertation, which is the evidence of this fundamental contribution. The student should be prepared for an often lengthy and certainly very demanding period of study beyond the master’s degree.

Doctoral Dissertation

The PhD dissertation must disclose the development of new techniques, principles, or theories; the use of old established techniques, principles or theories in a new or unique ways; and/or the use of new information and the discovery of new findings if it is described in terms of an original model or process.

The dissertation should also lead to at least one significant paper published in a reviewed journal at the discretion of the doctoral student's adviser and program committee.

A collection of facts and information, no matter how carefully organized or described, does not by itself constitute a doctoral dissertation. A PhD research program will often make use of the contributions from a faculty adviser and others, but it should be clear exactly what creative contribution the student has made to the research.

Application and Admissions Requirements

Please see the MS and PhD Admissions Requirements page for information about application materials, test scores, required materials and more.

Financial Aid

The department cannot guarantee that every admitted applicant will receive financial aid. If you are admitted, you will discuss with your faculty adviser whether funding is available.  

For information about student loans, Pell Grants and assistance through the University, please see the UA Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid.

Admissions Deadlines

  • For first consideration for funding: Jan. 15 (applications after this deadline may still be considered for teaching/research assistantships, fellowships, etc., if funding remains)
  • For international students: April 30
  • For domestic students: July 15

All deadlines are fall admission; we do not accept applications for the spring semester.

International Conditional Admittance

International applicants may be considered for conditional admission to this program at the department's discretion.


If you have further questions that are not addressed by our Advice to Applicants or Frequently Asked Questions pages, please email

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