In addition to meeting Missouri S&T's own admission requirements, explosives engineers also must be able to pass a and ethically adhere to professional standards. Students receiving and handling explosives should ensure they qualify under the Safe Explosives Act, which outlines the prohibitive categories of those banned from using explosives. Actively enrolled students are also subject to federal policy and will be dismissed from the curriculum if they violate regulations.

Like other engineering disciplines, explosives engineers are expected to exhibit integrity and honesty. In conjunction with the Missouri S&T student handbook, students enrolled in explosives engineering will be held to the highest moral standard. Students are expected to maintain both the department's and university's reputation and represent the profession in a distinguished manner. Violating academic and safety policies can lead to the expulsion from all explosives courses.

In order to conserve the high standards of the Explosives Engineering Master of Science and graduate certificate, only students with a strong background in math and science will be considered. Students applying for the MS should hold an applied science, technical or engineering degree that entails at least two semesters of calculus, and a semester each of physics, chemistry and statics/dynamics. This requirement is to ensure the student is successful at not only completing the degree, but understanding the basic engineering principles involved in explosives applications. Those not meeting this requirement must test out or complete the courses prior to acceptance into the program. A new Explosives Technology certificate is available for non engineers.

Foreign Students

The Safe Explosives Act, enacted in 2003, prohibits the handling of explosives by non-U.S. residents (those who do not have U.S. citizenship or a “green card”).  This act is administered by the ATF to whom you are required to Apply for Relief before you can legally handle explosives.  Foreign students are not allowed in face-to-face classes without clearance from the ATF and without this clearance will not be accepted into any onsite explosives program.  Distance students will require vetting by the U.S. government and only bona fide applications will be considered. This process can take approximately 120 days and should be initiated before enrollment.

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