Civil and Environmental Engineering

Graduate Program at Colorado School of Mines


The work of civil and environmental engineers is all around us. It’s evident in the roads we travel on, the systems that bring us clean water, the methods for controlling pollution and cleaning up waste sites. The world needs these problem-solvers and global leaders who help make the world a better place to live. Mines’ Civil and Environmental Engineering graduate program combines robust research in areas such as environmental and water engineering, geotechnical engineering and structural engineering with world-class faculty and one-of-a-kind industry partnerships to ensure graduates are prepared to be the leaders the world needs.

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No 1 civil engineering
graduate school,
U.S. News, 2018


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$66,955 average
starting salary
(master’s) 2018-19


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1st National Science Foundation Engineering Research Cntr for water in U.S.


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Requirements and Costs

  • A bachelor’s degree, preferably in a science or engineering discipline
  • All admitted graduate students must submit GRE scores prior to receiving an admissions decision. Mines accepts GRE scores from tests taken within five years of the date of entry. Applicants who have graduated from Mines within the past five years are not required to submit GRE scores
  • For international applicants or applicants whose native language is not English, a TOEFL score of 79 or higher (or 550 for the paper-based test, 213 for the computer-based test). In lieu of a TOEFL score, an IELTS score of 6.5 or higher will be accepted



  • 30 total credit hours, consisting of coursework (24 hrs.), seminar, and research (6 hrs.). Students must also write and orally defend a research thesis


  • 30 total credit hours, consisting of coursework (27 hrs.) and either a three credit hour research based Independent Study (CEEN599) or a designated design course (3 hrs.) and seminar


  • 72 total credit hours, consisting coursework (at least 24 hrs.), seminar, and research (at least 24 hrs.). Students must also successfully complete written and oral qualifying examinations, prepare and present a dissertation proposal, and write and defend a doctoral dissertation. Ph.D. students are also expected to submit the dissertation work for publication in scholarly journals



 Colorado ResidentOut-of-State StudentOnline Student
Room & Board$16,700$16,700$16,700
Books & Supplies$1,500$1,500$1,500
Misc. Expenses$1,800$1,800$1,800
**Cost per credit hour$925$2,075$999

*Allowance for fees based on mandatory fees charged to all students. Does not include fees for orientation, library, yearbook, refrigerator rental, voice messaging, ect.

At less than 4.5 credit hours, you may be ineligible for financial aid.


Gauen Alexander“The UTC-UTI is a facinating and dynamic interdisciplinary research group that covers a broad array of scientific and engineering questions about underground ingrastructure. Come in with an open mind, a desire to learn and a focus on answering practical questions that will have a real impact on existing transportation problems.”

Gauen Alexander
PhD Candidate, Civil Engineering


Career Outcomes

  • Civil engineer
  • Environmental remediation engineer
  • Water project manager
  • Environmental health and safety director
  • Green building engineer
  • Air pollution control engineer
  • American Waterworks Association
  • Bureau of Reclamation
  • Chevron, Newmont Mining
  • U.S. Geological Survey



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Degree Options


  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering Science


  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering Science



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July 1 deadline