The Mining Engineering Department at Colorado School of Mines (CSM) has received approval from the board of trustees to launch an innovative new graduate degree program. The professional masters in mining engineering and management is an advanced degree that focuses on the practical integration of the technical, financial, management and other linked disciplines that make up the mining industry. The program will be delivered exclusively online and will be among the first online programs offered by CSM.

“It focuses on those things that industry executives tell us they wish they would have learned during their academic careers,” said Dr. Priscilla Nelson, professor and head of the Mining Engineering Department for CSM. “We have wrapped the business and management elements into a mining engineering degree that emphasizes where the industry will be in the future instead of where it has been in the past.”

Making this an online program will allow students to get this advanced degree from anywhere in the world and without having to quit their jobs, Nelson said.

Successful candidates for this program will have an undergraduate degree in engineering and at least five years of professional experience in the mining sector.

Applications are being accepted for fall 2018, pending final confirmation from the Colorado Department of Higher Education and online accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

The online program will be comprised of 12 eight-week courses plus an independent project, for a total of 33 credit hours. Courses are intended to be taken in a fixed sequence, one course at a time, with program completion in two years. Courses will cover mine-related engineering and technology, mine support services, and mine-applied business and management. Each course will address the state of the practice, the risks and uncertainties, and the innovations and trends that will impact the mining industry in the future. Courses will also address the use of information systems to organize and use the huge amounts of data the industry generates, and how best to integrate important linked disciplines like social and environmental responsibility, occupational and community health and safety, project security, water and waste management, internal and external communications, and life-cycle planning and closure.

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