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Graduate Program

The pursuit of an advanced degree in mining engineering allows students to deepen their knowledge while satisfying their intellectual curiosity. A master’s degree can provide critical skills in research and organization while helping obtain a more specialized career. Our PhD program creates scholars and leaders who advance current knowledge and solutions to critical problems.

Virginia Tech's Mining and Minerals Engineering Graduate Program prepares students for high-level, challenging efforts in research, development, university teaching and government work. The program offers the pursuit of the M.S., M.Eng., and Ph.D. degrees.

Graduate Research: Getting Behind Something You Care About

Current Research Areas

Department graduate students are engaged in a wide range of research, efforts including sustainable mineral and energy resource development, occupational health and safety, mine ventilation and mine fire modeling, optimizing separation processes, coalbed methane and shale gas recovery, and advanced instrumentation and monitoring methods for underground mines.

Graduate Committee

Graduate Program Director
Emily Sarver

Committee Members
Michelle Crotto
Bahareh Nojabaei
Wencai Zhang