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Master of Science in Mining Engineering Virginia Tech



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The graduate program in Mining & Minerals Engineering offers Master of Science (MS) degree that are designed to prepare graduate students for high-level professional careers in academic institutions, government agencies, and private/public companies. Graduate study can be pursued in several areas of specialization including rock mechanics and ground control, mine systems engineering and analysis, health and safety, mineral processing, applied surface/colloid chemistry, conservation and the environment, mining ventilation, automation and control, carbon capture and sequestration, reservoir engineering, and gas/shale gas engineering. One or more of the topics may be emphasized within the department at a given time based on the ongoing research activity of the full-time faculty assigned to the department.

Graduate students accepted into the program play a crucial role in the sponsored research and instructional activities of the department and are generally provided financial support through sponsored grants, teaching assistantships or graduate fellowships. A major goal of the department is to afford each graduate student with the opportunity to participate in creative and challenging research projects that lead to scholarly publications in premier international journals and conference proceedings. Graduate students are also expected to participate in the instructional mission of the department as teaching assistants, laboratory aids and R&D mentors. The graduate program also recognizes the specific needs of industry professionals with a program that strives to upgrade technological skills of practicing engineers, encourage the pursuit of doctoral-level work, and provide an opportunity for advanced education and career reorientation.

Master of Science (MS): Successful MS students must complete 30 hours of university credit of which a minimum of 20 hours involve coursework and a maximum of 10 hours involve research. Students must also prepare and defend a written Thesis of their research findings during a Final Examination before an Examining Committee.

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Full Time (30 hours)

Tuition fees

$26,825.00 (18,62,470) per year

USD $13,412.50 for 9 or more credit hours

*Price shown is for indicative purpose, please check with institution


09-Jul-19, 26-Aug-19


Virginia Tech

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24061, United States

Entry requirement for international students

Regular Admission to a graduate degree is open to an applicant whose grade point average (GPA) meets or exceeds the 3.00 required by the Graduate School for the last half of the credits earned for the undergraduate (bachelors) degree, and whose academic background meets the requirements of the admitting academic unit. A graduate degree, or at least 12 credits of graduate coursework taken post-baccalaureate, while in graduate status, will supersede the undergraduate record in evaluating credentials for admission.

English Language requirements: International applicants may demonstrate English proficiency by submitting scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A minimum TOEFL score of 550 on the paper-based test (PBT) or 80 on the internet-based test (iBT) is required for consideration of the application. On the iBT, subscores of at least 20 on each subtest (Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing) are required for admission. A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 is required for admission.

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