Geophysics and Geophysical Engineering
Graduate Programs at Colorado School of Mines

Geophysics and Geophysical Engineering
Graduate Programs at Colorado School of Mines

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

You’re driven by a fundamental curiosity about processes on Earth and other planets. You want to solve problems related to the subsurface, resources and natural phenomena. Us too. In Mines’ geophysics and geophysical engineering graduate programs, you will gain a better understanding of the natural world by taking advantage of small class sizes and a close-knit learning environment. You will receive an interdisciplinary education in geological, mathematical and physical theory, in addition to exploring the theoretical and practical aspects of geophysical methodologies, through relevant coursework and research opportunities. By the time you complete the program, you will not only be prepared to take your career to the next level—you will be ready to make a difference and find solutions to some of the most pressing challenges in the field today.

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$96,000 average
starting salary
(master’s)

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Weekly lecture series
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Requirements and Costs

Master’s Thesis

  • 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 international applicants or applicants whose native language is not English, please review the ENGLISH PROFICIENCY requirement

Master’s Non-Thesis

  • Statement of purpose letter: present your professional and personal goals
  • Resume/CV
  • Applicants that are NOT current Mines students must submit a minimum of three letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts
  • For international applicants or applicants whose native language is not English, please review the ENGLISH PROFICIENCY requirement 

Doctorate

  • Statement of purpose letter: present your professional and personal goals
  • Resume/CV
  • For Geophysics: GRE scores are required for all applicants outside of Mines. Applicants who have graduated from Mines within the past five years are not required to submit GRE scores. Mines accepts GRE scores from tests taken within five years of the date of entry.
  • Applicants must submit a minimum of three letters of recommendation and transcripts 
  • 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

 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, etc.

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

  • Earthquake seismology
  • Environmental and groundwater geophysics
  • Geotechnical engineering
  • Mining and Oil and gas exploration
  • Glaciology and climate science
  • Academia
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • BP
  • Shell
  • ExxonMobil
  • US Geological Survey
  • US Bureau of Reclamation
  • Twenty20 Solutions

 

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Degree Options

PhD

  • Geophysics
  • Geophysical Engineering

Master of Science

  • Geophysics (Thesis and Non-Thesis)
  • Geophysical Engineering (Thesis and Non-Thesis)