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.
Program Application RequirementsStatement of Purpose, 3 Letters of recommendation
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.
Vlad Kecojevic is the Robert E. Murray Chair and Professor of Mining Engineering at West Virginia University (WVU). He is also a Visiting Professor at CETEMIN in Peru. He joined WVU’s Department of Mining Engineering in 2010. Kecojevic started his academic career with The Pennsylvania State University (PSU) as an Assistant Professor in 2001. He earned tenure and he was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in 2007. Kecojevic held the Centennial Career Development Professorship in Mining Engineering at PSU from 2005 through 2009, and the Massey Foundation Professorship at WVU from 2012 through 2018 . Prior to joining PSU, he was employed with Krupp Canada (ThyssenKrupp) from 2000 to 2001 and he was responsible for the design of mining equipment. He was also involved in planning and design of coal, bauxite and limestone mines in Serbia and Montenegro from 1992 through 2000. He earned his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mining engineering from the University of Belgrade in 1991, 1996, and 2000, respectively. His research areas of expertise include surface mining, surface mine safety, information technology and environmental issues in surface mining. Kecojevic's research has been funded by the mining industry, equipment manufacturers and governmental agencies. He has published his research work in a leading mining- and safety-related peer-reviewed journals.