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Designed for distance learning - this program helps meet the needs of our region.

Designed for Iron Rangers

This is a current graduate degree program designed for learning on Minnesota’s Iron Range. Classes are offered in the following programs:

All students have complete access to all courses offered and facilities on the UMD campus.

Classes will be held at Mesabi Range College in Virginia, MN and are taught by UMD faculty. Enrollees will be UMD Students and will have access to related courses offered on the UMD campus, ITV and on-line courses. In conjunction with the Northeast Higher Learning District, classes are offered at all five regional community colleges: Itasca, Rainy River, Hibbing, Vermillion and Mesabi.


The Fall 2017 Class listing is available.


Fall 2017 Mining Scholarship

This scholarship is for a student pursuing a Mining or Related Engineering Degree and will cover tuition and fees ranging up to $6500/year for up to 4 years for enrollment in approved course work in the Iron Range/UMD Graduate Engineering Education Program pursuing a Mining or Related Engineering Degree.   

Fall 2017 Deadline for submission:  9/18/17

Scholarship Application Form

Minimum Criteria:

  • Pursuing a Mining or Related Engineering Degree at the University of Minnesota-Duluth
  • Undergraduate degree (earned or expected) in an engineering discipline or related field such as chemistry, computer science, geology, physics, etc.
  • Currently enrolled in, or planning to enroll in,  approved course work  in the Iron Range/UMD Graduate Engineering Education Program
  • Living and working on the Minnesota Iron Range

Contact Information

For additional program information or if you have questions, please contact James "Moe" Benda, Director, at 218-749-7746 or