Sustainability in mining

Missouri University of Science and Technology
Graduate certificate
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What are the sustainability implications of mining? You want to ensure communities are protected from mine use and ensure mines have safety protocols and crisis response plans in place so we can continue to advance in the mine industry. You’ll explore social, economic and environmental risks and impacts of mining to evaluate and better incorporate sustainable methods into the design and operation of mines. Various topics covered are mine permits, reclamation, environmental impact assessment, post-mining land-use, responsible mining, energy, water quality and more.

Quick facts

Official name

Graduate certificate in sustainability in mining


Missouri University of Science and Technology

Program type

Graduate certificate

Academic home

College of Engineering and Computing | Department of Mining and Explosives Engineering

Delivery mode

100% online


Higher Learning Commission

Credit hours


Estimated cost


Military credit hours


Military estimated cost


*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, your course choices and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.

Mine worker squatting at a mine site, holding up a piece of rock.

Career prospects

Graduate certificates give students the opportunity to broaden their knowledge in a particular discipline, learn the latest in developing fields, and stay competitive in today’s marketplace. Upon completion, students will be able to demonstrate advanced knowledge within a field of study.

Program structure

This program is 100% online: no campus visits required.

Courses are semester-based. Students typically take one class per semester and finish the program in two years.


100% online

Calendar system


Typical program length

2 years

Typical course load

1 class per semester

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? Then start in a graduate certificate program. This graduate certificate was designed as a pathway to a mining engineering MS, environmental engineering MS or geological engineering MS.

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. 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. If you are applying to a PhD program, you are still required to submit GRE scores.


Missouri University of Science and Technology is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States.

Faculty spotlight

Kwame Awuah-Offei

Areas of interest: Sustainability, mine reclamation, modeling, simulation and optimization


Kwame Awuah-Offei, PhD, PE
Union Pacific/Rocky Mountain Energy Professor in Mining Engineering, Professor, and Chair of Mining and Explosives Engineering

Learn more about this program

This program is administered by the Department of Mining and Explosives Engineering