Geology and Geological Engineering
Graduate Program at Colorado School of Mines

Geology and Geological Engineering
Graduate Program at Colorado School of Mines


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


$96,300 average
starting salary
(master’s) 2019-20

class lecture

weekly Van Tuyl
lecture series

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Requirements and Costs

Graduate Certificates

  • Statement of purpose letter: present your professional and personal goals
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV)


Master’s (Thesis and Non-Thesis) and Doctorate

  • It is highly recommended that the candidates have the following courses prior to application:  
    • General Geology
    • Field camp or equivalent (6 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)
  • Statement of purpose letter: present your professional and personal goals
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Three letters of recommendations
  • For international applicants or applicants whose native language is not English, please review the ENGLISH PROFICIENCY requirement

The student’s committee will reserve the right to request that students complete additional identified courses prior to granting of a degree of Master of Science (Geology) or Doctor of Philosophy (Geology).

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

Note: A Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required for admission into the Geology and Geological Engineering program.

View catalog for all degree program and certificate requirements.

 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.


Kyle Radach“Mines is an amazing school with great research, faculty and fellow students. Employers love hiring Mines students because they are generally very well prepared to work in the industry.”

Kyle Radach
Graduate Student, Geology and Geological Engineering


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



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Degree Options


  • Geology
  • Geological Engineering

Master’s Thesis

  • Geology
  • Geological Engineering 

Master’s Non-Thesis

  • Petroleum Reservoir Systems 
  • Mineral Exploration 
  • Geological Engineering 

Graduate Certificates

  • Economic Geology
  • Exploration Methods