Geology and Geological Engineering

Graduate Program at Colorado School of Mines

Geology and Geological Engineering

Graduate Program at Colorado School of Mines

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Problem solver. Explorer with an attention to detail. Effective communicator. Someone who isn’t afraid to dig deeper. Sound like you? We thought so. Pursuing a graduate degree in Geology and Geological Engineering at Mines prepares you for that next step in your career to become a leading expert in the study and safe management of the Earth and its resources. With an interactive learning environment rooted in exceptional research relevant to current societal issues, your opportunities are limitless.

upward growth

6% job growth
expected 2018-28

money

~$100,000 average
starting salary

class lecture

weekly Van Tuyl
lecture series

Requirements and Costs

Graduate Certificates

  • GRE: Not Required
  • Letters of Recommendation: Not Required
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV): Required
  • Statement of Purpose: Not Required. Suggested if GPA is less than 3.0/4.0
  • Transcript(s): Required. Must be submitted for all schools attended (unofficial transcripts accepted for admissions review and must show successful completion of any required prerequisite course(s).

Master’s Non-Thesis

  • Bachelor’s degree: Required
  • GRE: Not Required
  • Letters of Recommendation: Required – two letters. Letters of recommendation are not required for current Mines students. 
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV): Required
  • Statement of Purpose: Required
  • Transcript(s): Required. Must be submitted for all schools attended (unofficial transcripts accepted for admissions review and must show successful completion of any required prerequisite course(s).
  • For international applicants or applicants whose native language is not English, please review the ENGLISH PROFICIENCY requirement.

Professional Master’s Non-Thesis

  • Bachelor’s Degree: Required
  • GRE: Not Required
  • Letters of Recommendation: Required – two letters. Letters of recommendation are not required for current Mines students. 
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV): Required
  • Statement of Purpose: Required
  • Transcript(s): Required. Must be submitted for all schools attended (unofficial transcripts accepted for admissions review and must show successful completion of any required prerequisite course(s).
  • For international applicants or applicants whose native language is not English, please review the ENGLISH PROFICIENCY requirement.

Master’s Thesis

  • Bachelor’s degree: Required
  • GRE: Not Required
  • Letters of Recommendation: Required – three letters.
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV): Required
  • Statement of Purpose: Required
  • Transcript(s): Required. Must be submitted for all schools attended (unofficial transcripts accepted for admissions review and must show successful completion of any required prerequisite course(s).
  • For international applicants or applicants whose native language is not English, please review the ENGLISH PROFICIENCY requirement.

Doctorate

  • Bachelor’s degree: Required
  • GRE: Not Required
  • Letters of Recommendation: Required – three letters.
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV): Required
  • Statement of Purpose: Required
  • Transcript(s): Required. Must be submitted for all schools attended (unofficial transcripts accepted for admissions review and must show successful completion of any required prerequisite course(s).
  • For international applicants or applicants whose native language is not English, please review the ENGLISH PROFICIENCY requirement.
  • It is highly recommended that candidates have the following courses prior to applying:  
    • General Geology
    • Field camp or equivalent (six weeks)
    • Structural Geology
    • Mineralogy
    • Petrology
    • Stratigraphy
    • Chemistry (3 semesters, including at least 1 semester of physical or organic)
    • Mathematics (2 semesters of calculus)
    • An additional science course (other than geology) or advanced mathematics
    • Physics (2 semesters)

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

 Colorado ResidentOut-of-State Student
Tuition**$17,676$39,618
Fees*$2,520$2,520
Room & Board$17,496$17,496
Books & Supplies$1,500$1,500
Misc. Expenses$1,800$1,800
Transportation$1,300$1,300
Total$42,473$64,415
**Cost per credit hour$982$2,201

*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.

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Career Outcomes

  • Geotechnical engineer
  • Mine engineer
  • Geological engineer
  • Geologist
  • Hydrogeologist
  • Geophysicist
  • Shell
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • U.S. Geological Survey
  • XTO Energy

 

Degree Options

Graduate Certificates

  • Economic Geology
  • Exploration Methods

Master’s Non-Thesis

  • Geological Engineering

Professional Master’s Non-Thesis

  • Mineral Exploration

Master’s Thesis

  • Geology
  • Geological Engineering 

PhD

  • Geology
  • Geological Engineering