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US law prohibits "foreigners" (non US citizens or non US residents) from handling explosives in the US (2003 safe explosives act).
As such, we discourage students who are not U.S. citizens or not U.S. residents from applying to our "onsite programs" at the Missouri S&T campus in Rolla, Missouri. However, our "distance programs" for industry professionals that handle explosives in their own respective countries on a daily basis are open to international students with the proviso that they have justified need, pass a background check and do not come from a country whose government is unfriendly to the United States of America or is known to sponsor terrorism. Since the ISIS Paris attack we have further increased this scrutiny.
An international student will not be admitted to an onsite explosives program at Missouri S&T without relief from the ATF. The ATF estimate the process to take at least 120 days and you need to show a"compelling need". To start the process, a student must be physically present in the United States and to have all of the complete documentation required in hand. One route is to be accepted into another academic program in the U.S., then apply for relief and if and when granted relief by the ATF, then and only then apply for our program. In January 2016 we were informed by the ATF that "obtaining education or training" is not a "compelling need", and as such this avenue for relief has been eliminated.
Additional Information on Eligibility
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 ethical standards. 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 and M.S. is available for non-engineers.