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Colorado School of Mines


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.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Master of Planning (MP)
Master of International Political Economy of Resources (MIPER)
Master of Science (MS)
(Graduate Certificate)
Professional Master's (PMS)
Master of Engineering (ME)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 296
Doctoral Degrees 86

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

Degree Requirement
Master's Degrees Entrance Exam GRE General Test
Thesis Required for some
Doctoral Degrees Entrance Exam GRE General Test
Comp Exam Required
Thesis Required


Acceptance Rate



Application Fee - Domestic
Application Fee - International
applications accepted?

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline December 15th December 15th Yes
Spring deadline September 1st September 1st Yes

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Master's Degree Exam GRE General Test
Doctoral Degree Exam GRE General Test

International Students

Exam Details
TOEFL: Required TOEFL Paper score: 550
TOEFL IBT score: 79

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit: FAFSA
Application deadlines for financial awards December 15
Types of financial support available Research Assistantships
Teaching Assistantships
Health Care Benefits
Institutionally-sponsored Loans
Scholarship and/or loans
Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

Total Graduate Students
International Breakout (representing other countries)
Out-of-state students


Hispanic/Latino 5.44%
Black or African American 1.09%
White or Caucasian 55%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.23%
Asian 2.8%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.08%
Two or more races 2.72%
Unknown 1.24%


Male (71%)
Female (28%)


Total faculty
Full-time - 426
Part-time - 181
Male (408)
Female (199)


Focus of faculty research: Energy, environment, materials, minerals, engineering systems
Externally sponsored research expenditures last year:

Location & Contact

Address 1200 16th Street, Suite E140
Golden, CO  80401
United States
Contact Dr. Wendy Zhou
Dean of Graduate Studies
Phone: 303-384-2181