Master of Science in Explosives Engineering

Develop sophisticated skills in the integration of explosives technology into complex systems for a wide range of applications. You'll study theoretical and practical approaches of explosive engineering, learn analysis and design of explosives-related systems, and discover natural and built structure effects.  

Thesis and non-thesis options available. Both options require 30 credit hours of coursework to complete. The MS degree with thesis requires the completion of 24 hours of graduate coursework and six hours of research (Exp Eng 6099) and the successful completion and defense of a research thesis. For the MS degree non-thesis option, the six hours of research are replaced by two additional explosive courses (an industry project or graduate co-operative experince can count as one of these two additional courses). Nine hours of 6000-level lecture classes are required.

A core of four courses is required of all students and a module of allied courses in departments outside of explosives engineering is encouraged.

Four of the following courses are required of all MS students in Explosives Engineering:

  • EXP ENG 5612/MIN ENG 5612 Principles of Explosives Engineering 
  • EXP ENG 5622/MIN ENG 5622 Blasting Design and Technology 
  • EXP ENG 5713 Demolition of Buildings and Structures 
  • MIN ENG 5922 Tunneling and Underground Construction Techniques 
  • EXP ENG 6312 Scientific Instrumentation for Explosives Testing and Blasting
  • EXP ENG 6412 Environmental Controls for Blasting 

There is no formal residency requirement. However, students enrolled in courses with a laboratory component may be required to complete a three-day to one-week laboratory session at Missouri S&T, at a time agreed to with the course instructor.


Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor of science in engineering, technology or a physical science is required.
  • Undergraduate GPA ≥ 3.0
  • GRE V+Q ≥ 300; GRE Q ≥ 150, and GRE WR  3.5
  • International requirement: TOEFL ≥ 80 or IELTS ≥ 6.5, or satisfactory completion of an approved English language Institute program.

 All participants in explosives courses must submit to a security background check.

Doctorate Degree in Explosives Engineering

Please contact the academic department for details on the distance doctorate program. Email or call 573-341-4753.

Graduate Certificates

Your Pathway to a Graduate Degree

Start earning college credit toward a graduate degree. The GRE is not required to enter a certificate program, and credit earned may be applied toward your master’s degree.*

Explosives Engineering Graduate Certificate Programs

*restrictions may apply

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. Check with the academic department for program specific details and requirements. Learn more about the certificate to master's program.

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