FEA Professional
Graduate Program at Colorado School of Mines

FEA Professional
Graduate Program at Colorado School of Mines


You’ve got a product or mechanization in mind, but it’s impractical to create a range of physical prototypes to run experiments and optimize the design. Instead, you turn to finite element analysis to help you determine the best design moving forward. The Mines FEA Professional graduate certificate teaches recent graduates or mid-career professionals advanced skills in finite element analysis for structural and thermal applications and can offer you career opportunities in design, product development or applied research. Leveraging industry-leading software, the program empowers students with the skills and experience to drive innovation in their chosen field.

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Requirements and Costs


  • Applications for admission reviewed on a rolling basis, but the four-course sequence currently has one start date annually in the third week of August
  • Applicants may begin the program midcycle, but applications must be submitted eight weeks prior to the intended start of the applicant’s first course to guarantee timely review and acceptance notification
  • A baccalaureate degree in engineering, computer science, mathematics or a physical science
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and TOEFL scores are not required
  • Existing Mines students and non-degree seeking students may take any number of individual FEA Professional classes without admission to the graduate certificate program; however, course prerequisites will be strictly enforced and undergraduate students are required to obtain approval of the program director
  • Statement of goals/purpose: share your professional, academic and personal goals and why you believe Colorado School of Mines is the best place to achieve those goals
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • For international applicants or applicants whose native language is not English, please review the English Proficiency requirement

For additional information about these admissions requirements, please refer to the Admissions Requirements page »


  • A sequence of three core courses and one elective chosen from selected relevant online courses
  • Elective options will continue to expand s the program matures

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 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$1,087$2,269

*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.

  • Consumer product design
  • Medical device design
  • Additive manufacturing process development/optimization
  • Structural analysis/optimization in aerospace, oil/gas, automotive


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  • Finite Element Analysis (FEA) Professional