Office of Graduate Studies Colorado School of Mines

Office of Graduate Studies Colorado School of Mines

Golden, CO
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Tuition Cost Not Reported
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December 15
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14 Departments and Programs
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Colorado School of Mines -- Earth, Energy, and the Environment

Colorado School of Mines, located in Golden, CO USA, is a public research university devoted to engineering and applied science.

Founded in 1874, Mines' role and mission has remained constant and is written in the Colorado statute as:

The Colorado School of Mines shall be a specialized baccalaureate and graduate research institution with high admission standards. The Colorado School of Mines shall have a unique mission in energy, mineral, and materials science and engineering and associated engineering and science fields. The school shall be the primary institution of higher education offering energy, mineral and materials science and mineral engineering degrees at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. (Colorado Revised Statutes, Section 23-41-105)

The Mines Community

A graduate student at Colorado School of Mines becomes an important member of a community that is dedicated to generating new knowledge and educating students and professionals in fields related to:

- the discovery and recovery of the Earth's resources

- their conversion to materials and energy

- their utilization in advanced processes and products,

- the economic and social systems necessary to ensure their prudent and provident use in a sustainable global society

- the preservation and stewardship of the Earth's environment.

Studies at Mines

Those interested in pursuing a graduate degree will find significant academic and research opportunities in the globally significant growth areas of: Engineering (Mechanical, Electrical, Civil and Environmental, Chemical and Biological, Nuclear); the Environment (Environmental Engineering Science, Chemistry, Hydrology); Geotechnics (Geology, Petroleum, Mining, Geophysics, Underground Construction and Tunneling); Business (Mineral and Energy Economics, Engineering and Technology Management); Policy (Natural Resources and Energy Policy) and more. Graduate degree options range from Graduate Certificates, Masters of Engineering, Masters of Science (thesis and non-thesis options) and PhDs.

With an annual research budget of more than $55 million and a faculty that has pioneered numerous advances in a wide range of technical fields opportunities to conduct innovative research is virtually unlimited. Graduate students are able to work hand-in-hand with researchers at Mines and from around the world on both applied and academic research problems. Close proximity to a number of governmental research facilities such as the U.S. Geological Survey, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology provide unparalleled access to a wide variety of scholars, facilities and research opportunities. Mines' renowned reputation, attained through the tremendous work of its students, faculty and staff; its high admission standards; and its alumni network combine to give students an edge in the job market. Mines boasts strong master's and professional degrees that are valued as more than simple stepping-stones to a doctoral degree. More than 96 percent of the recipients of Mines' master's and professional degrees find employment by graduation. More than 70 percent of these are employed in industry, with the remainder employed by governmental agencies or matriculating into doctoral degree programs.

A Place for Growth and Thought

The Graduate School at Mines draws together nearly 1300 graduate students nationally and from over 60 international countries, and encourages problem investigation from diverse, real-world perspectives. Together, faculty, staff, undergraduate and graduate students build a strong community of shared interests. The Mines community understands the challenges that can arise in leaving a home community to attend graduate school and works collectively to help maintain those community ties while building and growing new ones.

Mines offers all the advantages of a world-class research institution with a size that allows for personal attention. Innovative ideas have the chance to flourish and with a strong work ethic students have the opportunity to help drive positive change, locally, nationally and globally.

Location & Contact

Office of Graduate Studies

Colorado School of Mines

1200 16th Street, Suite E140
Golden, CO 80401
United States

Dr. Wendy Zhou

Dean of Graduate Studies

Phone: 303-384-2181

Ms. Angel Dotson

Graduate Admissions Coordinator

Phone: 303-273-3348
Fax: 303-273-3247

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Departments & Programs

Degrees & Awards

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Engineering And Applied Sciences Graduate Certificate
      Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Engineering (ME)
      Master of International Political Economy of Resources (MIPER)
      Master of Planning (MP)
      Master of Science (MS)
      Professional Master's (PMS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 296
    • Doctoral Degrees 86
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? No
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Thesis Required for some
    • Doctoral Degrees Comp Exam Required and Thesis Required
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


51% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 2,016
    • Accepted 1,044
    • Acceptance Rate 51
    • Enrolled 425
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $60
    • Application Fee - International $80
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline December 15th December 15th Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline September 1st September 1st Yes
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE General Test
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesGRE General Test
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 550 paper based, TOEFL iBT

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsDecember 15
    • Types of financial support availableResearch Assistantships, Teaching Assistantships, Career or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Health Care Benefits, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Scholarship and/or loans, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students1286
    • Female Percentage28%
    • Male Percentage72%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students1286
    • Part-time Percentage13%
    • Full-time Percentage87%
  • Race/Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino5%
    • Black / African American1%
    • White / Caucasian55%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian3%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races2%
    • Unknown or International Student34%


  • Faculty Breakdown
    • Total Faculty607
    • Full-time Percentage70%
    • Part-time Percentage30%
    • Female Percentage33%
    • Male Percentage67%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchEnergy, environment, materials, minerals, engineering systems
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last year$50,840,244



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