Geophysics and Geophysical Engineering
Graduate Program at Colorado School of Mines

Geophysics and Geophysical Engineering
Graduate Program at Colorado School of Mines

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

You want to solve problems related to the subsurface, resources and phenomena of Earth and other planets. You want to gain a better understanding of the natural world while advancing your career. Mines’ Geophysics and Geophysical Engineering program will let you do just that. With small class sizes and a close-knit learning environment, students gain an interdisciplinary education in subjects such as geological, mathematical and physical theory, in addition to exploring theoretical and practical aspects of various geophysical methodologies.

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3 geophysics-
specific student
groups

money

$103,400 average
starting salary
(master’s)

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Weekly lecture series
with distinguished
speakers

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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 tab 

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 tab 

Doctorate

  • 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 tab 

MASTER OF SCIENCE

Thesis
  • 24 credit hours coursework
  • 6 credit hours Dissertation
Non-Thesis
  • 30 credit hours coursework

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY

  • 72 credit hours beyond bachelor’s degree
  • Thesis, dissertation
  • Practical teaching experience
  • PhD qualifying examination
  • Fluency in language other than English

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 Colorado ResidentOut-of-State Student
Tuition**$16,650$37,350
Fees*$2,412$2,412
Room & Board$16,700$16,700
Books & Supplies$1,500$1,500
Misc. Expenses$1,800$1,800
Transportation$1,300$1,300
Total$40,362$61,062
**Cost per credit hour$925$2,075

*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.

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

Organizations recruiting Mines students at the 2019 Career Fair

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Degree Options

PhD

  • Geophysics
  • Geophysical Engineering

Master of Science

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

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