The principal objective of the program is the education and training of graduates so that they are capable of attaining the highest levels in the mining engineering profession.
The doctoral program is primarily a research degree, and therefore the research work for a doctoral dissertation should show a high order of originality on the part of the student and must offer an original contribution to the field of engineering science.
The areas of specialization can be in Rock Mechanics and Ground Control, Surface Mining, Mineral Processing, Mine Ventilation and Environment, Mine Health and Safety.
The mining engineering curriculum gives graduates a broad background in mining engineering practice and prepares them to become professional engineers. Students are prepared for positions in operations, mine development, mine design, construction, sales and management of mines.
Course Delivery OptionsOn-campus
Program Application Requirements3 Letters of recommendation, Personal Statement
Program Application Test RequirementsGRE
Fall DeadlineApril 1
Spring DeadlineOctober 1
English Proficiency Requirements
All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.
WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Dr. John Herbst
Dr. Herbst has achieved an outstanding reputation both nationally and internationally in the area of metallurgy and mineral processing. He has spent more than 40 years in academia, most of it at the University of Utah, which included a nine-year stint as chair of the Department of Metallurgy. Herbst has also had a very productive career in industry and as a consultant in extractive metallurgy and mineral processing. He served as president and chief executive office of Control International and, in 1995, he formed JA Herbst & Associates, where he developed software for mining and mineral processing plant simulation. The company was eventually sold to Svedala, a Swedish equipment manufacturer; Herbst remained on as general manager and subsequently was named chief scientist of Metso Minerals of Finland. A professional engineer, Herbst earned his master's and doctoral degrees in metallurgical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Northwestern University.