Humanitarian Engineering and Science

Graduate Program at Colorado School of Mines



Mines graduates make an impact on the world. With innovative science and engineering-based solutions, they help improve the human condition and quality of life in communities on local and global scales. And Mines’ Humanitarian Engineering and Science graduate program provides the skills to make that impact last.

As a student in this program, you’ll gain the expertise, skills and hands-on experience to truly make a difference. Under the leadership of world-class faculty expertise in engineering, applied sciences and social sciences, you’ll graduate from Mines well-prepared for a successful careers in development, corporate social responsibility or other areas that directly support the communities you seek to serve. You’ll make an impact—one that will change lives all around the world.



Funding and
scholarships available



#20 Top School in
the West 2019,



5 major research
areas available


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Requirements and Costs

  • Statement of purpose, updated curriculum vitae or resume, and transcripts for post-secondary degrees are required for all students
  • Background in engineering or physical sciences
  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and three letters of recommendation are required for students pursuing the MS thesis option
  • Non-native English speakers must meet one of the following minimum requirements: TOEFL iBT score of 79; TOEFL paper-based test score of 550; TOEFL computer-based test score of 213; IELTS score of 6.5; or have received a prior degree from an English-speaking university
  • Mines undergraduate students may include up to six credits from their undergraduate program counted toward a combined BS/MS degree
  • External applicants may substitute approved electives with courses brought from elsewhere with written permission from the HES program director


  • 30 credits including 12 credits of required HES courses, 3 credits of approved elective classes and minimum 15 credits of classes approved by the affiliated department


  • 12 credits of required HES courses; a minimum of 12 credits of approved affiliated department classes and 6 credits of MS thesis research on a thesis topic approved by the HES Director and affiliated department to make a total of 18 credits


  • 12 HES approved credits



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

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

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


Molly Jane Roby

“I think the biggest takeaway I had from the Humanitarian Engineering Program is that development work is not about showing people a new technology that they should use, but rather working with the people to understand what they need, and then helping them develop their own tools and technologies out of their own knowledge and local resources.”

Molly Jany Roby ’11


Career Outcomes

  • Not for profits
  • Peace Corps
  • International development
  • Engineering Service Corps
  • NGOs
  • Government agencies

Organizations recruiting Mines students at the 2019 Career Fair


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Degree Options


  • Humanitarian Engineering and Science (Thesis)
  • Humanitarian Engineering and Science (Non-Thesis)


  • Humanitarian Engineering and Science



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