Graduate Certificates in Mineral Exploration

Two Graduate Certificates in Mineral Exploration (each certificate is 12.0 credits) are now offered for working professionals who want to increase their knowledge and skills, while gaining a thorough up-date of advances across the spectrum of economic geology and mineral exploration techniques. The Certificates in Exploration Methods and in Economic Geology represent attractive opportunities for working professionals to complete a Graduate Program in a short time (expected 2 semesters for completion in part-time mode and 1 semester as full-time student) and boost their careers. The two certificates can be used towards the Professional Master’s degree in Mineral Exploration, which will allow part-time students to stack their education. International students needing a student visa must apply for the Master’s degree in Mineral Exploration; student visa support is not offered for the Graduate Certificates.

Graduate Certificates in Mineral Exploration

Program Description:

The Graduate Certificate Programs in Economic Geology and Exploration Methods outlined below are each 12.0 credit hours. Courses taken should all be 500- or 600-level. Selection of courses will be undertaken in consultation with the academic advisor. Courses counted towards the completion of one Certificate may not be double counted towards the completion of a second Certificate. Certificates may be counted towards the completion of a Professional Master’s Degree in Mineral Exploration.

Certificate in Economic Geology: (12 credits)

Skills development:

  1. Ore deposit models
  2. Geochemistry of mineral deposits/hydrothermal geochemistry
  3. Geochronology and isotope geochemistry
  4. Structural geology
  5. Petrology/petrogenesis
  6. Field mapping

All credits towards the degree must be 500-level or above.

Admission Requirements:

Admission to the Graduate Certificates in Mineral Exploration is restricted to individuals holding an undergraduate degree in geoscience.


GGE Graduate Programs has information about the Graduate Application Process and Graduate Application Fee Waivers.

Documents and Forms

A number of important forms can be accessed in interactive form at the Office of Graduate Studies website. Several forms (e.g., Admission to Candidacy form) must be filled out at that website and printed for signatures and submittal. The Graduation Application form should be completed and submitted online.

Following are the Thesis Committee Step-by-Step Guide for Graduation Commencement for May 2023 and December 2023.

Field Trip Forms (Three)