Explosives Programs

Missouri S&T employs a broad curriculum to prepare future explosives engineers. The campus's Explosives Engineering program continues to lead all other academic institutions offering the most classes in excellent facilities. Unlike competing schools, S&T strengthens its explosives reputation with a diverse coverage of explosives applications under the guidance of world-renowned faculty and industry and academic adjuncts. As part of the university’s strategic plan, there is a distinct focus to educate future explosives engineers seeking certification or graduate degrees. Students have the exclusive opportunity to safely handle and employ explosives in various disciplines while pursuing either an Explosives Engineering certificate,  minor,  Master of Science and now a Ph.D.  Undergraduate and Graduate Certificates in explosives technology are also available for students without an engineering background.

The program was conceived with an explosives engineering emphasis in Mining Engineering in 1997. With the rapid growth in interest, certificates and minors at both the graduate and undergraduate levels were introduced in 2005. All of these were firsts in North America.  Since its inception through December 2010, 54 minors, 14 certificates  and 33 emphases were awarded.

Students may also pursue a Master of Science in Explosives Engineering which was approved in April 2010 and started at the beginning of Fall semester 2010.  Since Fall 2011 a Master's without thesis option is offered which is also fully distance based. In February 2014 the first PhD in explosives engineering on the planet was approved and will be in place for summer 2014. There have been 54 M.S. degrees and 2 Ph.D. degrees since these two programs were approved. We are continuing to expand our on site, off site and distance based offerings. Links to each of the academic programs can be found on the top-right side of this page (the green box titled "academic programs"). 

During the Spring Semester, the program also offers an annual Blaster's Training Seminar via Distance and Continuing Education which is accepted for the training portion of the State of Missouri Blaster's License. In the summer we offer up to 3 sessions of the first and best explosives summer camp for high school student in North America and probably the world. 

A collection of short videos is given on our Sample Videos page which are listed to give you a taste of what our explosives engineering programs are about at Missouri S&T.  Enjoy!