Earth Resource Management – Program of Study

Earth Resource Management (ERM) is the newest track in the Professional Master of Science and Technology program developed in partnership with the Department of Mining Engineering. The program’s first cohort joined Fall 2019.

  • The ERM provides education specifically for management and leadership in the resource industries
  • The degree is designed for individuals with undergraduate degrees in engineering and the physical sciences, but also open to those in business or communications who have strong technical backgrounds
  • The program provides instruction in the science and technology of resource utilization, as well as in finance, economics, management, leadership, law, and innovation.

Email Mike Nelson (Professor, Department of Mining Engineering; ERM Track Director) or Ray Hoobler (PMST Program Director) if you have additional questions.


The Professional Master of Science and Technology Program consists of four parts, totaling 36 credit hours. Core science courses and electives are defined based on the focus area chosen; courses that develop Advanced Quantitative Skills and Transferable (Business) Skills complete the required coursework. The program incorporates a Professional Experience for students to demonstrate their knowledge and skills.

Core courses (15 credits)

  • MG EN 6370 Data Management in Engineering and Heavy Industry (2)
  • MG EN 6080 Mine Permitting and Reclamation (3)
  • MG EN 6015 Mine Visits (1)
  • MG EN 6350 Safety and Health Management (3)
  • MG EN 6340 Resource Economics and Valuation (3)
  • MG EN 6010 Mining Methods and Practices (3)

Advanced Quantitative Skills (6 credits)

MST 6600 Applied Statistical Techniques (3)
One 3-credit elective

IconTransferable Skills (12 Credits)

MST 6010 Effective Communication (1)
MST 6012 Accounting and Finance (1)
MST 6020 Leadership and Management (1)
MST 6021 Strategic Planning and Marketing (1)
MST 6022 Production and Operations Management (1)
MST 6023 Entrepreneurship and New Product Development (1)
MST 6500 Scientific Reasoning (3)

Electives (up to 6 credits)

  • LAW 7240 Environmental Law & Policy (3-4)
  • LAW 7200 Natural Resources (3)
  • LAW 7220 Oil and Gas (2-3)
  • LAW 7230 Water Law (2-3)
  • LAW 7796 Mining Law (2)
  • EHUM 6101 Foundations of Environmental Humanities (3)
  • EHUM 6103 Ecology of Residency (3)

Students can also take 3 credits of graduate coursework from the David Eccles School of Business.

Professional Experience Project (3 Credits)

An essential component of the PMST degree is a Professional Experience Project (internship) working with a local company, government agency or non-profit organization. These activities engage students in real-world work situations involving technical problems, teamwork, communication skills, and decision-making.

(Notes: Course availability is subject to change. Substitute classes may be taken upon approval. Courses may have pre-requisites which are published in the University Course Catalog; students are responsible for confirming they meet course requirements and pre-requisites.)