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 the geophysics and geophysical engineering graduate programs at Mines, 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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3 geophysics-
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two bags of money

~$100,000 average
starting salary

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Weekly lecture series
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Requirements and Costs

 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

 

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

  • 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

 

Degree Options

Master’s Non-Thesis

  • Geophysics 
  • Geophysical Engineering

Master’s Thesis

  • Geophysics 
  • Geophysical Engineering 

PhD

  • Geophysics
  • Geophysical Engineering