UCTE Graduate Degree Program

This page provides information on degrees, admission, curriculum and program requirements

You can also access the Colorado School of Mines Graduate School online application.

DEGREES

The Underground Construction and Tunnel Engineering Program currently offers the following degrees:


ADMISSION

Currently, students will apply to the underground construction and tunnel engineering (UCTE) degree program through the Graduate School and be assigned to the UCTE participating department of the student's UCTE advisor. Participating departments include Geology and Geological Engineering (GGE), Mining Engineering (MNGN) and Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEEN). 

Prerequisite Courses

Students applying to the UCTE program must have a baccalaureate degree in a science or engineering discipline as well as the following coursework:

  • Strength of Materials (or Mechanics of Materials)
  • Fluid Mechanics.

These prerequisite courses may be completed during the first semester of the graduate program if approved by UCTE faculty.

The required coursework includes graduate-level soil and rock mechanics as well as aspects of structural analysis and groundwater engineering. It is permissible for students to take these courses without having completed undergraduate courses in soil mechanics, rock mechanics, structural analysis and groundwater engineering; however, students may choose to complete undergraduate courses in these topics prior to or during enrollment in graduate program courses. The prerequisite courses do not count towards the requirements for the M.S. or Ph.D. degrees. Students are encouraged to consult with UCTE faculty for guidance in this matter.

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance for graduate studies is available and may be in the form of teaching assistantships, research assistantships or fellowships. Generally, financial assistance is reserved for students pursuing an M.S.-thesis degree or Ph.D degree. To guarantee consideration for financial assistance in Fall 2018, prospective students should submit their complete application by Dec 31, 2017.


CURRICULUM

The following 19 credit hours are required for all UCTE graduate degrees:

  • Engineering Geology and Geotechnics (GEGN 468)
  • Underground Construction Engineering Laboratory 1 (GEGN 561)
  • Underground Construction Engineering Laboratory 2 (GEGN 562)
  • Advanced Geomaterial Mechanics (CEEN 513)
  • Underground Construction Engineering in Soft Ground (CEEN 523)
  • Underground Construction Engineering in Hard Rock (MNGN 504)
  • Construction Engineering and Management (MNGN 509)

Elective coursework covers a wide-range of topics including but not limited to:

  • Groundwater Engineering
  • Applied Numerical Modeling for Geomechanics
  • Advanced Drilling and Blasting
  • Advanced Mine Ventilation
  • Mechanical Excavation in Mining

Research

M.S. and Ph.D. students often conduct funded research through the Center for Underground Construction and Tunneling, an on-campus, interdisciplinary center dedicated to preparing leaders and advancing knowledge through research and relationships with industry partners. Learn more about current research projects that take on the challenges unique to the underground construction and tunneling industry.
 


PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

 

Master of Science in Underground Construction and Tunnel Engineering (non-thesis)

Coursework: 27.00 credit hours

Independent study*: 3.00 credit hours
Total: 30.00 credit hours

*M.S. non-thesis students are expected to complete an internship of approximately 3 months in duration with a design firm, contractor, owner, equipment manufacturer, etc. and, preferably, on a job site in the underground construction industry. During the internship, each student will complete a project-focused independent study. This is determined in consultation with the faculty advisor and internship sponsor. If an internship is not available or if the student has sufficient industry experience (to be determined by advisor and committee), the student may complete an industry-focused research project with a UC&T faculty member and industry partner. Both the independent study and research project options will culminate with a project report and presentation.

Master of Science in Underground Construction and Tunnel Engineering (thesis)

Coursework: 24.00 credit hours
Research: 6.00 credit hours (minimum)
Total: 30.00 credit hours

M.S. thesis students must write and successfully defend a thesis report of their research. Ideally, M.S. thesis research should be industry-focused and should provide value to underground construction and tunneling industry practice.

Doctor of Philosophy in Underground Construction and Tunnel Engineering 

Coursework: 42.00 credit hours (beyond BS degree)
Independent study*: 3.00 credit hours
Research: 24.00 credit hours (minimum)
Total: 72.00 credit hours

*Ph.D. students are expected to complete an internship of approximately 3 months in duration with a design firm, contractor, owner, equipment manufacturer, etc., and preferably on an underground construction or tunneling job site. If an internship is not available or if the student has sufficient industry experience (to be determined by advisor and committee), the student may complete an industry-focused research project via independent study with a UCTE faculty member and industry partner culminating with a written report and presentation.

Students must also successfully complete qualifying examinations, write and defend a dissertation proposal, and write and defend a doctoral dissertation. Ph.D. research is aimed at fundamentally advancing the state of the art in UCTE. Ph.D. students are expected to submit the dissertation work for publication in scholarly journals and disseminate findings throughout industry periodicals.

Thesis Committee Requirements

Students must meet the general committee requirements listed in the graduate bulletin (link below). In addition, the student's advisor or co-advisor must be a UCTE faculty member. For Ph.D. students, at least two committee members must be members of the UCTE faculty.

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