48 months
37946 USD/year
36476 USD/year
18898 USD/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


The Mining Engineering program at Pennsylvania State University prepares students for a career in the industrial minerals, metals, and energy industries that sustain the domestic and global economies. 


Mining contributes to nearly 15 percent of the U.S. and 25 percent of the global economy. Mined products are significant and critical inputs to food production, manufacturing, construction, and electricity supply, and each year every person in the U.S. requires an average of 38,500 pounds of new minerals to equip and power their day-to-day activities. Over 14,000 mines distributed throughout the U.S. supply the majority of these mined products.

The Mining Engineering program at Pennsylvania State University provides an emphasis on sustainable mining through integration of environmental health and safety, and societal responsibility principles in the design and operation of mineral enterprises.

The curriculum is built on the foundation of mathematics, science, and general education common to engineering majors at Penn State. The courses specific to this major are designed and sequenced to provide an appropriate blend of theory, application, and design. 


Graduates of the program will be prepared to work domestically or internationally to develop and operate mines; or to work in supporting activities including engineering consulting, banking, equipment development and supply, regulatory enforcement, and research. This is accomplished primarily through the curriculum, but is enhanced by an internship program, which allows qualified students to obtain practical experience through structured employment opportunities in the private and public sectors. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Mineral Land and Mine Surveying
  • Rock Mechanics
  • Mine Materials Handling Systems
  • Underground Mining
  • Mine Systems Engineering
  • Mine Ventilation and Air Conditioning
  • Physical Geology
  • Mining Engineering
  • Surface Mining Systems and Design

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Early Action deadline for first-year domestic students (and recommended deadline for international students): November 1.


131 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Application
  • Official secondary school records
  • Official test scores: SAT or ACT
  • English language proficiency, if your native language is not English

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    37946 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 37946 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    36476 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 36476 USD per year during 48 months.
  • In-State

    18898 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18898 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for University Park

1000 - 1500 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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