Master of Science in Explosives Technology

Through this graduate program you will study theoretical and practical approaches of explosives engineering and learn analysis and design of explosive-related systems. This program is designed for non-engineers. 

Thesis and non-thesis options available. However, the non-thesis option is encouraged for distance students. Both options require 30 credit hours of coursework to complete, with a minimum 9 hours of 6000+ lecture classes. Thesis candidates may choose to include 6 hours of research to replace a 3 hour 5000+ lecture course and a 3 hour 6000+ lecture course in order to write a thesis. 

A core of four courses is required of all students, and a module of allied courses in departments outside of explosives is encouraged. Four of the following courses are required of all M.S. students in Explosives Technology:

  • EXP ENG 5612 Principles of Explosives Engineering  
  • EXP ENG 5622 Blasting Design and Technology  
  • EXP ENG 5711 Explosives in Industry  
  • EXP ENG 5713 Demolition of Buildings and Structures  
  • EXP ENG 5721 Specialty Uses of Energetic Materials  
  • EXP ENG 5914 Explosives Manufacturing  
  • EXP ENG 5922 Advanced Tunneling and Underground Construction Techniques  
  • EXP ENG 6112 Explosives Regulations

Students select 12 hours of Explosive Engineering and other appropriate elective courses. M.S. in explosives technology candidates are advised to group out-of-department courses into a module that fits their special interest. 


Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree, with experience handling and using explosives
  • 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.

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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.*

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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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