Montana Tech

Introduction

Montana Tech is a great place to attend graduate school! As a future graduate student, consider our world-class degree programs to ignite your curiosity and move you ahead. We also offer you:

  • Dedicated faculty researchers who enjoy mentoring graduate students
  • State-of-the-art equipment and high-tech facilities
  • Prominent research centers where you can further your study and gain recognition
  • Opportunities to work on your thesis abroad
  • Placement statistics that reflect positive outcomes for graduates with your degree
  • A safe community that’s appealing to students - especially those with families.
  • Learn about the Sloan Foundation Funding Opportunity for Native American Students

The Montana Tech Graduate School brochure is also a great resource for information on our graduate studies.

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Master of Science (MS) in Environmental Engineering

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Butte

Environmental Engineering – Course work emphasizes water, waste water, soil and subsurface remediation, stream restoration, air pollution engineering, health risk analysis, and environmental sustainability. [+]

Master of Science (MS) in Environmental Engineering Environmental Engineering – Course work emphasizes water, waste water, soil and subsurface remediation, stream restoration, air pollution engineering, health risk analysis, and environmental sustainability. Thesis option students work on research projects involving nanotechnology, novel water and waste water treatment technologies, bio sampling, contaminant impacts, air quality, and modeling. A non-thesis option is also available. DEPARTMENT OVERVIEW This rapidly growing interdisciplinary field allows students to pursue their area of environmental interest. Generally research projects at Montana Tech relate to the environmental challenges facing the minerals industry. However, the research results and coursework have general application to the solution of environmental engineering problems worldwide. There are opportunities for graduate research in the areas of air, water quality and pollution control; hazardous waste minimization, treatment, and control; and waste cleanup. Specific areas of current research include the water chemistry of heavy metals, and hazardous organics; ground and surface water modeling; air emission inventories; biosorption of heavy metals; wetland research, land reclamation, atmospheric diffusion processes; and cleanup of "RCRA" and "super-fund" sites. Admission generally requires a B.S. in an engineering field. Students from science backgrounds are also encouraged to apply with the understanding that a background "engineering core" will become part of the overall graduate program. A research thesis is required. PLACEMENT Environmental Engineering majors at Montana Tech generally have the opportunity to obtain work experience prior to graduation. Companies such as Phelps Dodge, Kennecott, Marathon Oil, ARCO, EG&G Idaho, Carter Mining, Envirocon, Special Resource Management, and others hire our students during the summer. In these jobs, students work with professionals in challenging and stimulating situations while following an individualized course of study. Career opportunities for graduates in Environmental Engineering are expanding rapidly. National concerns such as cleanup and disposal of hazardous wastes, air toxins, indoor air quality, ground water contamination, and reclamation of disturbed lands are contributing to the growth in environmental engineering careers. Past placement of graduates has been 100 percent. GRADUATE CURRICULUM Students must complete all courses in the Core Curriculum and at least two courses from one of the three emphasis areas - Air, Soil, or Water. In addition, two more elective courses must be taken to meet the minimum requirement of 31 credit hours. Restoration Certificate Graduate and Undergraduate Montana Tech’s Restoration Certificate is designed for biologists, mining engineers, civil engineers, environmental engineers, and others, seeking the professional knowledge and practical expertise needed to reestablish native ecosystems on damaged landscapes. The 17-18-credit certificate consists of a 14-credit core and 3-4 credits of electives. It can be completed in 1 year or concurrently with a bachelor’s or master’s degree. A restoration field project is included. Located in Butte, Montana—the “Richest Hill on Earth”—Montana Tech is surrounded by the largest Superfund site in the USA. Established in 1900, as Montana’s School of Mines, Montana Tech has a strong heritage in engineering, science, and technology—blending theory with practice to meet the changing needs of society, foster responsible development, and support sustainable use of natural resources. With deep knowledge and outstanding academic programs; a strong track record in environmental education and outreach; and access to thousands of damaged acres in various stages of reclamation and restoration, Montana Tech is ideally situated to offer a graduate Restoration Certificate. Past mining, energy development, transportation, and industrial activities have damaged landscapes and ecosystems worldwide. Lessons learned in Butte and remarkable efforts to clean up affected rivers, reclaim land, and restore native ecosystems in the region, produced core restoration ecology knowledge, applicable to many other communities. Today industry seeks graduates with expertise in mining, energy, transportation, and production, but who also understand how to design and conduct these economically vital activities in a sustainable and cost-effective way that minimizes long-term environmental damage and the associated clean-up, reclamation, and restoration costs. Students in the program will learn about landscape and ecosystem restoration and how to plan industrial activities to avoid long-term damage. They will engage in restoring damaged landscapes, learning about permitting, site engineering, and how to reestablish, monitor, and maintain native vegetation. For Admission to the Graduate Restoration Certificate Program, apply on-line or download a printable application form. The priority deadline is April 1. Applications received later will be considered if space is available. [-]

Master of Science (MS) in Geosciences

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Butte

There are 6 study options underneath the Master of Science (MS) in Geosciences program: Geology (Dept. of Geological Engineering),Hydrogeology (Dept. of Geological Engineering),Hydrogeological Engineering (Dept. of Geological Engineering), Geological Engineering (Dept. of Geological Engineering), Geochemistry (Dept. of Chemistry & Geochemistry), Geophysical Engineering (Dept. of Geophysical Engineering). [+]

Master of Science (MS) in Geosciences There are 6 study options underneath the Master of Science (MS) in Geosciences program: 1. Geochemistry Geochemistry (Dept. of Chemistry & Geochemistry) Geobiochemistry, water/rock/microbe interactions, thermodynamics of natural systems, coevolution of geochemistry and life, thermodynamics of minerals, and migration of pollutant species in soil and water. DEPARTMENT OVERVIEW: Geochemistry is an interdisciplinary field of study in which the science of chemistry is used to solve earth science problems. Areas of study include the full spectrum of topics from geobiochemistry, to water/rock/microbe interactions, thermodynamics of natural systems, coevolution of geochemistry and life, thermodynamics of minerals, and migration of pollutant species in soil and water. The geochemistry option is centered in the Chemistry and Geochemistry Department. Students acquire relatively strong backgrounds in chemistry and can choose thesis topics ranging among a large variety of geochemical/environmental topics. Admission requirements: B.S. in chemistry, geology, or any science or engineering. Options: Thesis, Publishable paper, or Non-Thesis SEMINAR REQUIREMENTS: TC 5150 Graduate Writing Seminar or TC 5160 Technical Writing and Publishing ENGR 5940 Geoscience Seminar PLACEMENT Many of our graduates continue their graduate work in a Ph.D. program. Other graduates have found employment with various minerals industry companies such as the Pegasus Gold Corp., Applied Technology, Inc., Chemex Labs, the Atlantic Richfield Chemical Co., Marathon Oil Co., Westinghouse, American Geochemist, Corp., and Stauffer Chemical Co. CURRICULUM The following are pre-requisite courses for the Geochemistry curriculum and if the student has not received at least a grade of C in these courses, they would have to be taken as deficiencies: CHEM 3356 Physical Chemistry I CHEM 3366 Physical Chemistry II GEOE 3080 Hydrogeology The following sequence of 14 credits of courses constitutes the core of the Geochemistry Program: Fall (Year 1): CHEM 5406 Water Chemistry (3 cr) GEOE 5520 Hydro-Geochemistry (3 cr) *TC 5150 Graduate Writing Seminar (1 cr) or *TC 5160 Technical Writing & Publishing (1 cr) Spring (Year 1): CHEM 5426 Fate and Transport of Organics in the Environment (3 cr) GEOE 5320 Geochemical Modeling (2 cr) *TC 5160 Technical Writing & Publishing (1 cr) *1 credit of either class fills the Graduate Writing Seminar requirement Fall (Year 2): CHEM 5946 Graduate Geochemistry Seminar (1 cr) CHEM 5996 Thesis Research (4 cr) Spring (Year 2): ENGR 5940 Graduate Geoscience Seminar (1 cr) CHEM 5996 Thesis Research (4 cr) In addition to the coursework listed above thesis students must choose 8 more credits and non-thesis students 12 more credits from among the following courses (courses outside of this list would have to be approved by the student's graduate committee): CHEM 5306 Chemistry Literature (2 cr) CHEM 5316 Surface Chemistry (3 cr) ENVE 5030 Water Quality Engineering II (3 cr) ENVE 5240 Surface Water Modeling (3 cr) ENVE 5300 Subsurface Remediation (3 cr) ENVE 5390 Bioremediation (3 cr) ENVE 5610 Advanced Water Quality (3 cr) GEOE 4020 Groundwater Flow Modeling (3 cr) GEOE 5200 Groundwater Resource Evaluation & Management (3 cr) GEOE 5210 Acid-Rock Drainage (3 cr) GEOE 5220 Groundwater Monitoring (2 cr) GEOE 5230 Groundwater Monitoring Laboratory (1 cr) GEOE 5280 Contaminant Transport (3 cr) MATH 4316 Experimental Design (3 cr) MATH 4326 Regression and Model Building (3 cr) Note: only a total of 9 credits of 4000 level work can be counted toward your graduate degree. 2. Geological Engineering Geological Engineering (Dept. of Geological Engineering) Slope stability, numerical modeling, and earthquake engineering. DEPARTMENT OVERVIEW A Masters of Science with an "Option in Geological Engineering" requires that the student have an engineering background and allows specialization in several areas of Geological Engineering. Students in related non-engineering fields who have a strong background in mathematics and physics may be admitted to the option on a provisional basis. At a minimum, such students must successfully complete undergraduate-level engineering coursework in statics, mechanics of materials, geomechanics, and engineering economy. The final examination for thesis and publishable paper-option students will consist of an oral presentation and defense of thesis or paper. Questions may be asked on any topic related to the thesis/paper or course work taken as part of the graduate program. The presentation will be open to all interested parties, but the defense will be open only to the student’s graduate committee. The final examination for non-thesis option students will consist of a written and/or oral examination formulated by the student’s graduate committee. The oral examination will draw questions from the written examination plus any course work undertaken as part of the graduate program. Students who are not already certified as an Engineer-In-Training are required to take the national Fundamentals of Engineering examination. Admission Requirements: BS in Geological, Mining, Geophysical, or Civil Engineering Options: A: Thesis (default) or Publishable Paper with approval of Department B: Non-Thesis TC 5160 Graduate Writing Seminar Seminar Requirements: ENGR 5940 Engineering Seminar (1) Course Requirements: Thesis: 30 credits, minimum of 15 at 500 level, remainder at 400 level; Non-thesis: 36 credits, minimum of 18 at 500 level, remainder at 400 level. Course schedule is determined in cooperation with Faculty advisor. 3. Geology Geology (Dept. of Geological Engineering) Mineral deposits and economic geology, field geology, sedimentary geology, geochemistry or rocks and water, acid mine drainage. DEPARTMENT OVERVIEW A Master of Science in Geoscience with an “Option in Geology” allows specialization in many fields of Applied Geology. For example, recent graduate students in this option have investigated the origin of hydrothermal talc mineralization in SW Montana, water-rock interaction and acid mine drainage in Butte, and the bio-geochemistry of natural wetlands near abandoned mines. All recent MS graduates in Geology have found employment in their chosen field. Career opportunities for geologists with an M.S. degree are diverse, and include State and Federal government agencies (e.g., Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology, USDA Forest Service, US Bureau of Land Management), resource extraction industries (mining, petroleum), and private consulting companies. Admission Requirements: BS in Geological, Mining, Geophysical, or Civil Engineering Options: A: Thesis (default) or Publishable Paper with approval of Department B: Non-Thesis TC 5160 Graduate Writing Seminar Seminar Requirements: ENGR 5940 Engineering Seminar (1) Course Requirements: Thesis: 30 credits, minimum of 15 at 500 level, remainder at 400 level; Non-thesis: 36 credits, minimum of 18 at 500 level, remainder at 400 level. Course schedule is determined in cooperation with Faculty advisor. 4. Geophysical Engineering Geophysical Engineering (Dept. of Geophysical Engineering) Paleoclimate and cryosphere studies, oil and mining exploration, neural networks, data inversion, seismic reflection, remote sensing, water-resource evaluation, shallow-earth geophysical methods, tectonics, and active-source seismology DEPARTMENT OVERVIEW Graduate students pursuing an MS in Geoscience with the Geophysical Engineering option currently have three choices: thesis, publishable paper in lieu of thesis, and non-thesis. All graduate students, regardless of choice, are encouraged to begin participation in a variety of research and field exploration projects early in the program. Recent research projects in the department include: Oil Reservoir Characterization Seismic Processing/Interpretation Electrical Resistivity Studies Neural Network Analysis/Application Remote Sensing Analysis Ground Penetrating Radar Studies Shallow Seismic Investigations Application of Artificial Neural Networks Antarctic History Gravity and Magnetic Studies. Engineering geophysical applications are also of interest and a recent project involved the combined use of seismic and electrical techniques in a groundwater development investigation. Major department equipment includes a 96-channel seismograph; time domain EM system; ground penetrating radar system; gravimeters; magnetometers; gamma-ray spectrometer; horizontal loop EM system; a resistivity, IP, controlled source AMT system; and three department vehicles for field work. Extensive use is made of the department's computing facilities including PCs, LINUX and Silicon Graphics workstations, and a 28-node supercomputer. 5. Hydrogeological Engineering Hydrogeological Engineering (Dept. of Geological Engineering) with engineering-based course preparation. DEPARTMENT OVERVIEW Graduate students in Hydrogeological Engineering will study the occurrence, movement, and chemistry of groundwater with additional engineering emphasis. Typical thesis investigations are related to environmental problems, resource supply problems, or issues associated with mining or agricultural activities, and may frequently involve research participation with the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology. Hydrogeologists are in demand due to shortages of experts in water resources issues, their ability to tackle industrial problems, and environmental water quality concerns at both the state and national levels. Career opportunities in this area are very good and graduates are finding 100 percent placement. Companies who have hired our master's degree graduates in this area include Brown Engineering, Conoco, ESA, EG&G, DOE (Battelle), MSE, Lambier Stevens Engineers, Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology, Montana Salinity Control, PTI Environmental, Newmont Mining, and Conoco. Admission Requirements: BS in Geological, Mining, Geophysical, or Civil Engineering Options: A: Thesis (default) or Publishable Paper with approval of Department B: Non-Thesis TC 5160 Graduate Writing Seminar Seminar Requirements: ENGR 5940 Engineering Seminar (1) Course Requirements: Thesis: 30 credits, minimum of 15 at 500 level, remainder at 400 level; Non-thesis: 36 credits, minimum of 18 at 500 level, remainder at 400 level. Course schedule is determined in cooperation with Faculty advisor. 6. Hydrogeology Hydrogeology (Dept. of Geological Engineering) Water quality and supply issues, involving surface and ground water resources. DEPARTMENT OVERVIEW Graduate students in Hydrogeology will study the occurrence, movement, and chemistry of groundwater. Typical thesis investigations are related to environmental problems, resource supply problems, or issues associated with mining or agricultural activities, and may frequently involve research participation with the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology. Admission Requirements: BS in Geological, Mining, Geophysical, or Civil Engineering Options: A: Thesis (default) or Publishable Paper with approval of Department B: Non-Thesis TC 5160 Graduate Writing Seminar Seminar Requirements: ENGR 5940 Engineering Seminar (1) Course Requirements: Thesis: 30 credits, minimum of 15 at 500 level, remainder at 400 level; Non-thesis: 36 credits, minimum of 18 at 500 level, remainder at 400 level. Course schedule is determined in cooperation with Faculty advisor. [-]

Master of Science (MS) in Industrial Hygiene

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Butte

Industrial Hygienists are responsible for the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, and control of workplace environmental factors that may affect the health, comfort or productivity of the worker. [+]

Master of Science (MS) in Industrial Hygiene Industrial Hygienists are responsible for the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, and control of workplace environmental factors that may affect the health, comfort or productivity of the worker. Industrial hygiene is considered a “science”; however, it is also an art that involves judgment, creativity, and human interaction. Communication skills are very important. Although some occupations may appear more dangerous than others, potential short-term and long-term health hazards occur in every profession whether a person is employed in an office or chemical plant. Industrial hygienists play an important role in ensuring that the workplace is as free from hazards as possible and that the workers and the community at large are protected from potential health threats. Moreover, industrial hygienists work with management to anticipate problems that could occur and take action to prevent them before they happen. Also, industrial hygienists play an important role in shaping and implementing government policy concerning worker health and safety. Job diversity is a major benefit to consider when choosing a career in the health/environmental sciences. A wealth of unique employment opportunities exists for industrial hygienists. Unlike many other professions, industrial hygienists are not limited to one particular type of industry; they are employed in a variety of organizations such as Public Utilities; Government; Academia; Research Laboratories; Hospitals; Insurance Companies; Consulting Firms; Oil, Chemical and Manufacturing Companies; and Mining Operations. The Industrial Hygiene Graduate program provides an exceptional opportunity for advanced study in the field of Occupational Health. The overall goal of our Industrial Hygiene program is to provide individuals with the technical competence to recognize, evaluate, and control occupational health hazards. The curricula is designed to provide graduates with the academic preparation needed to pass the certification examination administered by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene. The application deadline for the M.S. Industrial Hygiene Program is: April 1 for summer & fall semesters October 1 for spring semester Educational Objectives & Outcomes During the first few years after graduating, IH graduates are expected to attain the following: Establish their IH-related careers throughout the first four years after graduating. Use their education to competently provide IH services appropriate to their employment. Act professionally by engaging in career development, recognizing ethical responsibilities, supporting the profession, and being an informed and involved member of their community. [-]

Master of Science (MS) in Metallurgy and Mineral Processing

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Butte

Metallurgical/Mineral Processing Engineering deals with all aspects of metal and non-metal processing and manufacturing. Metallurgical and Mineral Processing Engineering – Concentrations include: Extractive Metallurgy, Physical Metallurgy and Materials Engineering. [+]

Master of Science (MS) in Metallurgy and Mineral Processing Metallurgical and Mineral Processing Engineering – Concentrations include: Extractive Metallurgy – Mineral processing, hydrometallurgy, pyrometallurgy, applications to recycling and environmental issues like recycling and waste treatment. Physical Metallurgy – Alloy/casting, brazing, biomaterials, aerospace materials, steel, and welding. Materials Engineering – Composites, ceramics, intermetallics, single crystals, glasses, and cement/concrete. DEPARTMENT OVERVIEW Metallurgical/Mineral Processing Engineering deals with all aspects of metal and non-metal processing and manufacturing. Mineral processing engineers have the responsibility of accepting ore mined from the earth, comminuting the ore until liberation occurs, and then removing the valuable minerals in the form of concentrates. Extractive metallurgical engineers extract the valuable metals from the concentrates, remove impurities from the metals using aqueous or thermal chemistry, and then market the purified metal as a commodity. Physical metallurgical engineers accept various purified metals and alloy them to control a number of characteristics including strength and corrosion resistance. Materials engineers control the same characteristics but pertaining to plastics, composites, glasses, ceramics, etc. Welding engineers join the various materials together but with minimal destruction of the integrity of the materials. Graduate research may be pursued in any of the following three areas of concentration: Mineral Processing Engineering deals with the extraction, separation, and concentration of minerals from raw ores. Extractive Metallurgy focuses on refining processes, such as pyrometallurgy, hydrometallurgy, and electrometallurgy, through which concentrates are refined into a pure metal form. Materials Science emphasizes the study of physical and chemical properties associated with metals, ceramics, glasses, plastics, and slag. PLACEMENT Career opportunities and placement for graduate students in Metallurgical Engineering have been excellent. Companies who have hired our graduate students in recent years include Pegasus Gold; Kaiser Aluminum; Stillwater Mining Co.; Placer Dome U.S., Inc.; Newmont Gold Co.; American Barrick Resources Corp.; Santa Fe Pacific Gold Corp.; ASARCO, Inc.; Phelps Dodge Corp.; AMAX Gold, Inc.; Magma Metals Co., and the USBM. [-]

Master of Science (MS) in Technical Communication

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Butte

Technical Communication – Practical communication curriculum includes writing, presentation, and multimedia skills, and theoretical courses in semiotics and rhetoric to prepare for career advancment or doctoral study. [+]

Master of Science (MS) in Technical Communication Technical Communication – Practical communication curriculum includes writing, presentation, and multimedia skills, and theoretical courses in semiotics and rhetoric to prepare for career advancment or doctoral study. DEPARTMENT OVERVIEW Students in Technical Communication plan, develop, and complete technical communication projects in one or more fields of science and technology. This program is practice-oriented, emphasizing a problem-solving approach that empowers people in many disciplines to communicate more effectively. Candidates are expected to bridge the complex and isolated worlds of scientific and technical specialties. Through effective communication strategies, candidates will help to make those worlds more comprehensible. In addition to the Graduate School requirements, applicants to the Master's in Technical Communication are required to respond to the following: MSTC Supplemental Materials. CAREER OPPORTUNITIES As one of the fastest growing fields in the world, Technical Communication prepares students for unparalleled lifetime career opportunities. It's simple: the combination of technical know-how and sophisticated communication skills adds up to great job potential! Technical Writing Multimedia Presentations Information Management Internet Publishing Technical Project Coordination International Communication Technical Editing Document Design Electronic Marketing Proposal and Grant Development Still and Moving Image Production [-]

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