Minerals, Materials and Society Graduate Certificate
The Minerals, Materials and Society (MMS) graduate certificate is one of the first of its kind in the United States to offer a for-credit graduate program aimed at industry, government and civil society professionals working across mineral and extractive supply chains. The program approaches the topic from an interdisciplinary and industrial ecology perspective with attention to key skills needed to evaluate the environmental and social impacts of the sector. The program is designed with online offerings as well as on-campus and field course offerings.
Now Open for Applications!
Courses for the MMS graduate certificate will begin in January, 2020. Apply to UD now, and enroll in the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Academy’s course, Natural Resources for Sustainable Development, to get started!
Geared towards mid-career professionals, applications to the Minerals, Materials and Society (MMS) graduate certificate program are evaluated on the basis of the applicant’s undergraduate record, TOEFL scores (if applicable), and two letters of recommendation. (Please note that the GRE exam is WAIVED for this certificate.)
All graduate applicants to the MMS certificate program should submit the following, via the UD Graduate Application web form:
Two (2) letters of recommendation from persons qualified to judge the applicant’s potential for work in this field
Graduate Application Essay (no minimum word count)
All interested candidates are requested to enroll in a ‘gateway’, self-paced, online course, Natural Resources for Sustainable Development, offered to our candidates on the edX EDGE platform. Create an account in edX EDGE here, and enroll in the course here. Admitted applicants will be asked to submit their certificate of completion prior to starting MMS course work.
Create an account with an email address and password. This will let you start the application process. Click on application year 2020.
After completing the Biographical information, click on ‘Program of Study’.
Input Minerals, Materials and Society in the Search box. Minerals, Materials and Society should pop up in the Program of Study box.
Although admissions will be accepted on a rolling basis, please select the next Term of Study when you wish to begin the program.
Complete the next steps.
Under ‘Test Scores’ tab, ONLY international students for whom English is not their first language must submit the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score. A minimum TOEFL paper-based score of 550 is required by the University and a score of 600 is recommended by our College. The GRE has been waived for this program, so those not submitting TOEFL scores can skip this page.
Recommend tab – please upload two letters of recommendation
On-campus intensive (1 week) in Winter or Summer term. A focused introduction to the range of industrial and governmental certification systems which have developed to consider sustainability criteria across supply chains of products from mines to markets. Students will gain skills on compliance assurance and auditing using these systems.
Online intensive. This course will introduce ecological economics as a trans-disciplinary framework to economic, social, and environmental problem solving applied to the field of minerals and mining industries. “Trans-disciplinary” implies a problem-orientation that draws from a diverse web of knowledge across the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities.
UQ online course. Course covers the principles and application of risk management methods to help industry achieve a range of objectives including operational performance, human well-being, environmental impact and stakeholder-related objectives. Details can be found here: UQ MINE 7032 Sustainable Management of Risk in Industry.
Choose one of the following Experiential Laboratories:
A hands-on mineralogical laboratory module, this course is an on-campus intensive (1 week) offered during the Winter or Summer session. A comprehensive overview of the chemical, physical and optical properties of minerals with a particular focus on geologic formation of minerals, origin determination and sustainability issues related to sector supply chains.
A field course in Australia that will consider ways of effectively developing ecological and social restoration plans after a mining operation finishes its operational cycle. Course will focus on a case of indigenous community relations. Applications are closed for January 2020. Check back to attend in January 2021!
First of its kind experiential learning Atelier class. Atelier will focus on how coexistence between agriculture and mining can be better managed. Students will visit Moscow and the Kursk region and apply ecological economics approaches. Study Abroad in Russia, applications open until November 20, 2019 for Summer 2020 course! You do NOT have to be an enrolled UD student to take this exciting module! Learn more and enroll HERE!
Electives – Choose four to seven courses, depending on number of credits, to give total of 15 credits
Choose between UD on-campus, intensive electives (offered during Winter or Summer sessions) or UQ online courses
Provides an anthropological and critical perspective of development with special focus on the extractive industry. Commences with an overview the anthropology of development then lead into case studies on the various social dimensions of the mining industry.
Examines the arts in diverse regions of the Spanish and Portuguese empires in light of the raw materials employed in their production, discussing not only the techniques and properties associated with each material choice, but also the ways in which such substances were sourced and traded.
Introduces and analyses various aspects of water resources management and bio-resources management. Topics include rainfall, runoff, water supply, groundwater, reservoirs, wastewater treatment and water quality agricultural water management, drought management, water conservation, agricultural production systems for food and energy, and the impacts of climate change on water resources and agriculture.
Through institutional, resource and other theoretical lenses, we will explore the challenges of governments, business and industry and their roles in the dynamics of ‘good governance’ as well as solution-oriented tools.
Deep-sea mining is an emerging industry that could unlock previously untapped resources, but it carries environmental risks. Prospects that hold the most value are also home to species found nowhere else in the world. Students will be introduced to deep-sea mining and the affected ecosystems.
Geologic occurrence of strategic mineral deposits, their economic importance, domestic and global distribution, and potential for sustainability. Methods of exploration and production of critical technological, agricultural, and industrial mineral commodities
Topics in Geophysics: Conflict Diamonds – Impacts of conflict diamonds on local, national, and international societies and on the environment, updated with current activities in terms of mining in Africa.
Topics in Geophysics: Mineral Resources of Afghanistan – Whose got them and who needs them? A look at the mineral resources of Afghanistan.
Principles, capabilities and limitations of analytical methods to the chemistry of marine waters and sediments. Modified to teach x-ray diffraction or electron microscopy at a fundamental level to identify minerals.
Variable topics for students. Oceanography seminar could have ‘deep sea mining’ as an example topic. A review of current oceanographic literature through student presentations.
CIEG 631 – Industrial Ecology Methods (1cr)
TO BE OFFERED ON-CAMPUS WEEK OF JANUARY 27, 2020 (Pending Approval)
This course will provide a basic introduction to key concepts and methods in the field of industrial economics with a focus on life cycle analysis and material flow analysis.
MSEG 567 – Materials for the Electronics Sector: Supply, Innovation and Impacts
This course is a brief survey of the inorganic materials used in today’s electronic devices with a focus on the science, technology and policy associated with the metallurgical, purification and fabrication processes of these materials.
UQ Responsible Resource Development online courses :
Five online courses will be offered by the University of Queensland’s Sustainable Minerals Institute, Masters in Responsible Resource Development. (Note: Please take UQ MINE 7023 and 7024 in that order):
This course explores a range of community development and community engagement domains, techniques and skills, as they apply to the context of the resources sector. It focuses on how to assist communities and companies to move from activities to sustainable organised relationships and structures within the broader context of mining and development practice
locally, nationally and globally.
This course provides students with a thorough understanding of community issues associated with mining, oil and gas developments. It provides context and examples to demonstrate key considerations relevant to the interaction between mining and communities, and of the industry response to these issues. It introduces mining for development frameworks and frameworks for stakeholder-driven CR work.
The purpose of the course is to explore community development approaches to local and regional economic development, with a particular focus on the communities and regions associated with the resources sector.
This course deals with the practices of modern governance. It deals with questions of knowledge and rationality in policy and governance systems and about how ideas and discourses shape the world of policy and governance. The course also explores the impact of power and institutional arrangements in shaping governance practices.
CONTACT MMS PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT MANAGER PSYVRUD@UDEL.EDU