The program is built on advanced mining engineering fundamentals. Students will perform research leading to an original thesis in areas such as surface mining, rock mechanics and ground control, mineral processing, mine subsidence engineering and mine ventilation.
The 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
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.