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Through the explosives engineering graduate program you will develop sophisticated skills in the integration of explosives technology into complex systems for a wide range of applications. Study theoretical and practical approaches of explosives engineering; learn analysis and design of explosive-related systems; and discover natural and built structure effects. This is the only explosives engineering master of science degree program in the nation. Thesis and non-thesis options available. Thesis option requires 24 credit hours of coursework and 6 credit hours of research, non-thesis option requires 30 credit hours of coursework to complete.

Four of the following core courses are required of all M.S. students in Explosives Engineering:

  • EXP ENG 5612 Principles of Explosives Engineering 
  • EXP ENG 5622 Blasting Design and Technology 
  • EXP ENG 5713 Demolition of Buildings and Structures  
  • EXP ENG 5922 Tunneling and Underground Construction Techniques
  • EXP ENG 6312 Scientific Instrumentation for Explosives and Blasting
  • EXP ENG 6412 Environmental Controls for Blasting 

Students select 12 hours of EXP ENG and other appropriate elective courses. M.S. in explosives engineering candidates are advised to group out-of-department courses into a module that fits their special interest. 

M.S. without thesis (by coursework): The M.S. degree without thesis requires the completion of 30 hours of graduate coursework with the same stipulations as above. The six hours of research is replaced by course work which may include an explosives related cooperative work experience (EXP ENG 6070) or industry project (EXP ENG 6080) with an established company or government agency commonly using explosives and an additional explosives course.

DELIVERY FORMAT: Missouri S&T's unique approach to delivering distance education is designed for working professionals. Various delivery methods maintain student-to-faculty interaction and enhance your learning experience, which includes the use of collaborative software and access to archived classes. Canvas is the learning management system for the campus.

Admissions & Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor of science in engineering, technology or a physical science is required.
  2. Undergraduate GPA ≥ 3.0/4.0; the GPA may be the cumulative GPA, or the last 60 hours of the BS program. For a GPA between 3.0 and 2.75 an applicant may be admitted as a probationary student.
  3. The Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing portions of the Graduate Record Examine (GRE) must be taken with a Quantitative score of ≥ 148 and an Analytical Writing score of ≥ 3.5. Students must take the GRE before the end of their first semester on campus.
  4. For experienced applicants who have significant post baccalaureate work experience, their experience and accomplishments may be assessed by the explosives faculty and taken into consideration
  5. Often a probationary student will first be admitted to the Explosives Engineering Certificate Program.
  6. Satisfactorily completing a certificate is an alternate route into the master's degree program and is often used by distance students who do not have the time to study for and take the GRE exam.
NOTE: Individuals residing in MA are not able to enroll in this program.

To apply to this program:

Before you apply online, make sure you have all your application materials gathered.

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester
August 1
Spring Semester
January 1
Summer Session
May 20


  • EXP ENG 5612Principles of Explosives Engineering3.0 Credits

    Theory and application of explosives in the mining industry; explosives, initiating systems, characteristics of explosive reactions and rock breakage, fundamentals of blast design, drilling and blasting, regulatory and safety considerations. Prerequisites: MIN ENG 2126; successful background check. (Co-listed with MIN ENG 5612).

  • EXP ENG 5622Blasting Design And Technology 3.0 Credits

    Advanced theory and application of explosives in excavation; detailed underground blast design; specialized blasting including blast casting, construction and pre-splitting. Introduction to blasting research. Examination of field applications. Prerequisites: MIN ENG 5612. Student must be at least 21 years of age. Successful background check. (Co-listed with MIN ENG 5622).

  • EXP ENG 5713Demolition of Buildings and Structures 3.0 Credits

    Provide participants with basics and solid grounding in the equipment, techniques and processes required for the demolition and remediation of mine plant and processing equipment sites and non-mining structures such as buildings, factories, bridges, etc. Field trip required. Prerequisites: Preceded or accompanied by CIV ENG 2200 or MECH ENG 2340; U.S. citizen or permanent resident; Successful background check.

  • EXP ENG 6312Scientific Instrumentation For Explosives Testing & Blasting3.0 Credits

    Application of scientific principles, equipment description and operation for instrumentation of explosive events including blasting. Topics: Blast chamber design, set up, high-speed photography, motion detection and measurement, explosives sensitivity testing, explosives properties testing, vibration measurement & analysis, destruction & demilitarization. Prerequisite: EXP ENG 5612 and Successful background check.

  • EXP ENG 6412Environmental Controls For Blasting3.0 Credits

    Advanced blast mechanics; overbreak control including comprehensive coverage of perimeter and smoothwall specialist blasting techniques and geotechnical factors affecting blast vibration, limits analysis monitoring and control; air blast control including limits, monitoring and atmospheric and topographic effects. Prerequisites: MIN ENG 5612, Successful background check. (Co-listed with MIN ENG 6622).

  • MIN ENG 5922Advanced Tunneling & Underground Construction Techniques3.0 Credits

    Advanced topics in mechanical and conventional excavation techniques in underground tunneling and construction. Topics include tunneling layouts design, equipment and performance modeling, ground control systems including support, drainage, and structural integrity. Construction specifications, advance rate and contractual and cost estimation. Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor (Co-listed with MIN ENG 5922).

Tuition & Fees

Missouri Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $1200.00
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $3600.00
Missouri Non-Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $1200.00
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $3600.00
Active Duty Military Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $734.94
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $2204.82
Tuition rates are subject to change.

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