Two master’s degrees are available from the Department of Mining Engineering. The M.S. in Mining Engineering (M.S.Min.E.) degrees are most useful to students who plan a career in research, problem solving, or teaching as they are a prelude to the doctorate. The Doctor of Philosophy in Mining Engineering is comprised of a period of residency, coursework and original research that contributes to the body of knowledge in the field. The Ph.D. is primarily for students interested in research and university teaching.