Environmental Engineering

Graduate Program at Colorado School of Mines



Mines students are known for being stewards of Earth and the environment. They seek innovative solutions to challenges related to water and air pollution, recycling, waste disposal and public health. And the Mines Environmental Engineering Science graduate program provides the opportunity to take that knowledge further and make a difference in communities around the world. With a flexible curriculum and interdisciplinary approach, this graduate program allows students to tailor their Mines experience to best fit their personal and professional goals and build a successful career.



8 research centers
affiliated with Mines’
CEE programs


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$66,955 average
starting salary


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1st National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center for water


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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.


Juliane B. Brown“There is excellent, groundbreaking researching ongoing at Mines, yet it is still a small institution centered in a great community.”

Juliane B. Browne
PhD Candidate, Environmental Engineering


Career Outcomes

  • Environmental remediation engineer
  • Water project manager
  • Environmental health and safety director
  • Green building engineer
  • Air pollution control engineer


  • Antero Resources
  • BP Chemicals
  • Colorado Oil & Gas Association
  • Encana
  • Environmental Resources Management
  • Leidos
  • Water Research Foundation



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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