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Mining and Geological Engineering: Graduate Programs

Overview: 

The MGE Department is active in research in the general areas of geomechanics, information technology, mine management, feasibility studies, sustainable development, industrial hygiene, health and safety, mineral processing, extractive/hydro metallurgy, geosensing, geophysics, neural networks, reservoir characterization, drilling, and more.

The Department of Mining and Geological Engineering offers opportunities for study leading to the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, Master of Engineering (MEng), the Master of Science (MS), the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). Students interested in health and safety careers can pursue a joint M.S. or M.Eng. in MGE and a Master of Public Health. The Eller College of Management offers a dual degree program in which students can receive an MBA and a M.Eng. degree.   The M.S. is intended for students who want to study in a specialized area and to work closely with a faculty member on a unique research topic and complete an independent research project. The M.S. degree is the ideal entry point into a Ph.D. program. Students planning to pursue a Ph.D. are strongly encouraged to pursue the M.S. option. The M.Eng. option is intended for the student desiring a broader background, those working in industry who need to obtain continuing education in an engineering topic, and those who need a distance-delivered degree option. The Professional Certificate Programs are intended as a continuing education mechanism for working professionals as well as students in related degree programs already enrolled at the University of Arizona. 

All Master-level degrees are 30 units. The Ph.D. requires 66 units. The professional certificate programs are 15 units. 

Expected Learning Outcomes: 

Upon completion of a professional certificate program, the graduate will be able to:

  • Possess a deeper knowledge from a baccalaureate degree of a subdiscipline within the general areas covered by the department
  • 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 life-long learning skills 
  • Possess an awareness of engineering ethics
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the advancement of the profession

 Upon completion of a M.Eng. degree, the graduate will be able to:

  • Possess a thorough knowledge of a subdiscipline within the general areas covered by the department
  • 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 communicate with a professional audience both orally and in writing.
  • Possess a basic knowledge of business and/or socio-economic principles that impact the profession
  • Demonstrate the ability to influence others
  • Demonstrate life-long learning skills
  • Possess an awareness of engineering ethics
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the advancement of the profession

Upon completion of a M.S. degree, the graduate will be able to:

  • 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
  • Demonstrate life-long learning skills
  • Possess an awareness of ethics in engineering research
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the advancement of the profession
  • Be able to assess and present an engineering problem and solution in relation to societal issues

Upon completion of a Ph.D. degree, the graduate will in addition to the above be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to devise and execute a program of study and research, which makes a fundamentally new contribution to the chosen field through one or more of the following means:
  • The development of new techniques, principles, or theories;
  • The use of old established techniques, principles, or theories in a new and/or unique manner; 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.
  • Demonstrate quality of scholarship through the publication at least one significant paper in a reviewed journal at the discretion of the advisor and program committee.

 Measurement of Outcomes

Each student must submit an outcomes assessment to the MGE Department prior to the award of their degree or certificate. Forms are available on the MGE website (www.mge.arizona.edu).

Degree

Outcome

Measure

Certificate

Knowledge in the discipline beyond BS degree

Grades in graduate courses

 

Sufficient math and computer background

Grades in math and computer intensive courses

 

Access and use information from a variety of sources

Completion of projects within courses

 

Critical thinking and problem solving skills

Completion of projects and design problems within courses

 

Life-long learning

Grades in distance delivered courses

 

Possess an awareness of engineering ethics

Completion of an ethics module in a course or seminar or read an engineering ethics book

 

Demonstrate a commitment to the advancement of the profession

 

Membership in SME or other technical professional society

MEng
(all of the above plus)

Communicate with a professional audience

Quality of oral presentation and written report

 

Ability to influence others

Persuasiveness of oral presentation and written report

 

Possess a basic knowledge of business and/or socio-economic principles that impact the profession

 

Complete a business-emphasis course or related topic

M.S.
(all of the above plus)

Be able to assess and present an engineering problem and solution in relation to societal issues

 

Exposure to sustainable development or related topic, or work on a project with a societal component

 

Formulate and conduct a research project

Completion of a thesis

 

Work effectively in a team

Assessment of teamwork from program committee or advisor

Ph.D.

(all of the above plus)

Make an original contribution to the field

Completion of dissertation

 

Quality scholarship

Reviewed publications

Assessment Activities: 

Before graduating, every graduate student completes an MGE Graduate Outcomes survey that contains the following information:

Plan of study

  1. Grades in math and computer intensive courses
  2. Grades in web delivered courses
  3. Identified courses and projects that required research or literature review
  4. Identified courses that involved critical thinking and problem solving
  5. Awareness of engineering ethics
  6. Memberships in professional or technical societies
  7. Evaluation of oral presentations
  8. For MS and PhD students, broader context of research
  9. For MS and PhD students, original contribution to the field
  10. For MS and PhD students, evaluation of teamwork effectiveness
  11. For PhD students, quality of scholarship as evidenced by publications and professional presentations

This form was implemented in 2007, and as of Spring 2009, 16 students have completed this form. The results are described below.

Demonstration of higher-level competencies from the baccalaureate degree

All our graduate students obtain a high level of knowledge, life-long learning skills and communication skills from the courses that they take and research they conduct. Our graduate students indicate that many of the courses they take include research projects and presentations, and also many courses require a high level of critical thinking and design. All MSc students are required to give at least one department seminar and all PhD students are required to give at least 2 department seminars. All MSc and PhD students participate in an oral defense of their research to their advisory committee. Also, all of our PhD students and some of our MSc students write conference/journal papers and make conference presentations.

Broader context of research and engineering

Our graduate students are encouraged to explore the broader impacts of their area of expertise and their research. All MSc and PhD students are required to include in their thesis or dissertation a description of the broader impacts of their research and also include a description of the original contribution to the field. All our graduate students are members of at least one professional society. One of our objectives is that all graduate students are exposed to information about engineering ethics.   The results of the survey indicate that about half of our graduate students are exposed to information on engineering ethics, and therefore this is an area where improvement is needed.

Math and computer skills

In addition to specific courses in their area of expertise, our graduate students take a number of non-MGE math and computer intensive courses while at the University of Arizona. MEng and MSc students are required to take at least one math/computer/statistics intensive course, and PhD students are required to take at least two math/computer/statistics intensive courses. In general student grades in these courses are consistent with their overall graduate GPA.

Management and team skills

All MEng students are required to take at least one business or engineering management course, and MEng students in the Technical Engineering Management track are required to take at least 9 units of business or engineering management coursework. All graduate students are encouraged to take business or engineering management courses, particularly for students that seek management or entrepreneurial careers. Our graduate students indicate that teamwork is a part of the curriculum in many courses they take. This includes group activities in the classroom, group projects and presentations, and group external activities such as field trips and meetings. Also, most MSc and PhD students are part of their advisor’s “research team” and teamwork can be an important part of the research that is performed.

Web courses

A subset of our graduate students has taken a number of web courses as part of their graduate degree at the University of Arizona. In general these are students that work full time and cannot commute to the University of Arizona on a regular basis. Our web courses have been taken by students from Arizona, California, Florida, Indonesia and other places. Feedback from these students indicates that web courses are a reasonable substitute for in-class course delivery. Also, students indicated that the delivery method for the web course is important, and students prefer recordings of actual lectures with audio as opposed to static text and graphic information.

Updated date: Mon, 09/13/2010 - 13:04