Master of Science in Mining, Geological and Geophysical Engineering

Student in San Xavier mine with headlampThe Master of Science in mining, geological and geophysical engineering, or MS degree, is intended for students who want to study in a specialized area, work closely with a faculty member on a unique research topic and complete an independent research project. The MS degree is also an ideal entry point into the PhD program.

The degree requires 30 units, including six units of thesis credit. Students are required to give one seminar presentation or present a paper at a professional conference.

All work for the master's degree must be completed within a six-year period to receive credit. This includes transfer course work from other institutions. Unless a waiver is granted by the Graduate College, course work taken more than 10 years before completion will not be accepted toward the 24-unit coursework requirement for the master's degree. The department will request a time-limit waiver only under exceptional circumstances.

Upon completion of a MS degree, the graduate will:

  • Possess a thorough knowledge of engineering principles in subdisciplines related to the department
  • Possess a basic knowledge of business and/or socio-economic principles that impact the profession
  • Have a sufficient mathematical and computer background to formulate and solve practical problems in the discipline
  • Access, analyze and utilize available information from a variety of sources
  • Use competencies associated with critical thinking and problem solving
  • Demonstrate the ability to formulate and conduct a research project
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate the results of a research project both orally and in writing
  • Demonstrate the ability to influence others
  • Demonstrate the ability to work effectively on a team

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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