Multiple Graduate Degrees
Two masters degrees are available from the Department of Mining Engineering. These Master of Science in Mining Engineering (M.S.Min.E.) are most useful to those students who plan a career in research, problem solving, or teaching; they are a prelude to the doctorate.
1. Master of Science in Mining Engineering with Thesis (M.S.Min.E. Plan A – 24 credit hour option)
A minimum of 24 semester hours of coursework plus a thesis are required. In no case will independent work, taken as MNG-780 or MNG-790 and used for part of the thesis, be counted as part of the 24 hours of coursework. The thesis must be actively supervised by a member of the Graduate Faculty.
2. Master of Science in Mining Engineering without thesis (M.S.Min.E. Plan B – 30 credit hour option)
The faculty in Mining Engineering suggest that this degree be reserved for the extraordinary student who is allowed to work directly on Ph.D. studies. Such a student may be one who has obtained an M.S. without coursework (such degrees are common in foreign universities) or an M.S. in a foreign language. Also, during the course of M.S. study by a superior student, it may become apparent that the research can be expanded to a doctoral dissertation. At that time, the graduate faculty may approve a Plan B Master of Science and allow the student to continue onto a Ph.D. In that case, the degree will be approved only after the candidate submits a Ph.D. program plan and has a committee appointed.
For an M.S. under Plan B, a minimum of 30 semester hours of coursework plus one or two written reports are required. The report(s) should represent the total equivalent of approximately six (6) semester hours of work; no credit for this effort may be included in the minimum 30-hour requirement. The report(s) must be written with a level of content and style which may be reasonably expected of a graduate student. Examples of suitable reports include: (1) a description of results of a research study; (2) a description of the development of a new and significant computer program; (3) a state-of-the-art paper; and (4) a design report.