Graduate Certificate in Aggregates Management Mining and Explosives Engineering

About the Certificate

The Aggregates Management Certificate Program is designed to provide formalized education in management for the aggregates and industrial minerals mining sector. This certificate program aims to equip students with skills that allow them to be effective plant/mine managers for this sector. Students admitted to this certificate program must take the four required courses (12 credit hours) provided in the curriculum section, and obtain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better to earn the certificate. 


The following four courses are required: 

MIN ENG 5212 Aggregates and Quarrying: Advanced coverage of topics on the stone and aggregate industry, including surface and underground operations, plant equipment, economics, marketing, transportation, and environmental topics. The course will include at least one field trip and a design project. Delivery: Main Campus & Online/Spring Semester

MIN ENG 5412 Aggregates Materials Sizing and Characterization: Geological formation of aggregates; aggregate properties and their measurements; aggregates for specific end-user applications; specifications and standards; processing (crushing, screening, classification, and washing); plant design and flow sheet analysis; quality control and assurance. Field trip to a nearby quarry required. Delivery: Main Campus & Online/Spring Semester

MIN ENG 5612 Principles of Explosives Engineering: Theory and application of explosives in the mining industry; explosives, initiating systems, characteristics of explosive reactions and rock breakage, fundamentals of blast design, drilling and blasting, regulatory and safety considerations. Delivery: Main Campus & Online/Fall Semester

MIN ENG 6532 Mine Management II: The course covers advanced concepts in managing mine operations. Topics to be covered
include TQM, statistical process control, benchmarking, KPI, standards and standardization, ISO 9000: Quality Control, ISO 14000: Environmental systems, OHSAS 18000. Management systems, SA8000, Social Accountability and others. Delivery: Main Campus & Online/Spring Semester

The Aggregates Management Certificate Program is open to all persons holding a B.S., M.S., or Ph.D. degree in Engineering, Science, and/or Mathematics, or are currently accepted into a graduate degree program at Missouri S&T. Once admitted to the program, the student must take the four designated courses (provided in the  curriculum section). In order to receive a Graduate Certificate, the student must have an average  cumulative grade point of 3.0 or better in the certificate courses. Once admitted to the program, a student will be given three years to complete the program. 

Students admitted to the Aggregates Management Certificate Program will have non-degree  graduate status; however, they will earn graduate credit for the course they complete. If the student completes the four-course sequence with a grade of B or better in each of the courses taken, they,  upon application, will be admitted to the M.S. degree program in mining engineering. The certificate  credits taken by the students admitted to the M.S. degree program will count towards their master's  degrees. Students who do not have all of the prerequisite courses necessary to begin the courses in the Aggregates Management Certificate Program will be allowed to take ''bridge" courses at either the graduate or undergraduate level to prepare for the formal certificate courses.

Students applying for a graduate certificate must submit the following:

  • Completed Application
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts

Online Application

  • When you start a new application, select "Graduate Online/Distance" and then select the certificate program.
  • Don't forget to list your current employer and company location on the application.
  • Statement of purpose should be 2-3 paragraphs explaining why you are applying for this program. 
  • Statement is to be submitted electronically on the online application; you'll copy and paste it into the provided text box.

Unofficial transcripts are sufficient for an admit decision. 

  • Upload your transcripts on the online application under your "Institutional Data." If you previously attended S&T, you must upload your transcript. An unofficial transcript can be requested through Joe’SS. How to Request Unofficial Transcripts (pdf)  
  • PDF scans are preferred.
  • The university requires official transcripts from all schools attended before a student may register for a second semester.
  • In order for a transcript to be counted as official it must be sent directly from the school to S&T, it cannot come from a student. 

Official transcripts should be mailed to Global Learning:

Missouri University of Science and Technology
Office of Global Learning
G8 Norwood Hall, 320 West 12th Street
Rolla, MO 65409

Pathway to a Master's Degree

Are you a working professional who wants to earn your master's degree, but you don’t have time to take the GRE/GMAT? Then start in a graduate certificate program. Graduate certificates were designed as a pathway to a master's degree.* The admission requirements are more relaxed and credit earned will count toward your degree. Once you successfully earn your graduate certificate, you can continue with the corresponding master's degree without having to take the GRE/GMAT.

Related Degrees

This graduate certificate may act as a pathway to the following master’s programs:

*Completion of a graduate certificate program does not automatically guarantee admission into a corresponding graduate degree program. To continue in a master’s degree program, you must apply.


Contact Us

Missouri S&T Online Education

Sylvia Skouby, Associate Director for Online Admissions

Phone: 573-341-6903

Mining and Explosives Engineering

Kathleen German
Administrative Assistant
Phone: 573-341-4753