Geochemistry
Graduate Program at Colorado School of Mines

Geochemistry
Graduate Program at Colorado School of Mines

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

There is a wealth of information contained in the liquids, gases and mineral deposits found in the Earth, all with a wide array of industrial and scientific research applications. With employment expected to grow faster than average over the next decade, the demand for qualified, dedicated professionals will follow.

Mines’ Geochemistry Graduate Program prepares graduates to take the next step in their careers with an interdisciplinary structure and two subprograms. The geochemistry degree track teaches students about the chemical evolution of the Earth’s crust and mantle, geochemistry of energy and mineral resources, chemical mineralogy and more. The environmental biogeochemistry degree track focuses on the coupled chemical and biological processes of the Earth’s biosphere and the changes caused by human activities.

No matter the path, Mines graduates will be well-suited to be leaders in this field and build a successful career.

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10 areas of
research to
choose from

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$73,987 average
starting salary
(master’s)

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Requirements and Costs

CERTIFICATE

  • A completed bachelor’s degree in a relevant field from an accredited institution
  • 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

MASTER OF SCIENCE

  • 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
  • The average applicant GRE score is 162 quantitative, 153 verbal and 4.0 analytical
  • Statement of purpose letter: present your professional and personal goals
  • Resume/CV
  • Applicants must submit a minimum of three letters of recommendation and transcripts for all post-secondary degrees
  • For international applicants or applicants whose native language is not English, please review the ENGLISH PROFICIENCY requirement

MASTER’S Non-Thesis

  • 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
  • The average applicant GRE score is 162 quantitative, 153 verbal and 4.0 analytical*
  • Statement of purpose letter: present your professional and personal goals
  • Resume/CV
  • Applicants must submit a minimum of three letters of recommendation and transcripts for all post-secondary degrees
  • For international applicants or applicants whose native language is not English, please review the ENGLISH PROFICIENCY requirement

DOCTORATE

  • 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
  • The average applicant GRE score is 162 quantitative, 153 verbal and 4.0 analytical
  • Statement of purpose letter: present your professional and personal goals
  • Resume/CV
  • Applicants must submit a minimum of three letters of recommendation and transcripts for all post-secondary degrees
  • 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.

 

 MASTER OF SCIENCE

  • Minimum 36 credit hours, including 24 hours of coursework and 12 hours of research credit

MASTER’S Non-Thesis

  • Minimum of 30 credit hours are required, with an overall GPA of at least 3.0. The overall course requirements will depend on the background of the individual but may be tailored to professional objectives

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY

  • Minimum of 72 credit hours. A total of 24-course credits beyond the Bachelor’s degree are required, with at least 9 credits being completed at Mines

VIEW CATALOG

 Colorado ResidentOut-of-State Student
Tuition**$17,154$38,466
Fees*$2,378$2,378
Room & Board$16,700$16,700
Books & Supplies$1,500$1,500
Misc. Expenses$1,800$1,800
Transportation$1,300$1,300
Total$41,013$62,325
**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, ect.

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

  • Exploration geochemist
  • Hydrogeologist
  • Geochemistry analyst
  • Petroleum geologist
  • Mining geologist
  • Anschultz Exploration
  • Chevron
  • NASA
  • Newmont Mining
  • Scripps Institute of Oceanography
  • U.S. Geological Survey

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Degree Options

PhD

  • Geochemistry

Master’s

  • Analytical Geochemistry
  • Environmental Geochemistry
  • Geochemistry

Certificate

  • Analytical Geochemistry