Hydrologic Science and Engineering

Graduate Program at Colorado School of Mines


You’re a creative problem solver who has a passion for tackling Earth’s greatest water challenges. You want to advance your career and create positive change in the world. And Mines’ Hydrologic Science and Engineering graduate program will prepare you for that next step. The interdisciplinary program gives students a solid background in quantitative hydrology and explores specialties within related fields through water-focused coursework. Meaningful research connections and industry and government collaborations allow graduates to identify the most pressing current and unknown water challenges, both on local and global scales, and find innovative solutions that will change the world for the better.


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$65.69M in research
awards (FY2018)


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$83,200 average
starting salary (master’s)


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Requirements and Costs

  • Bachelor’s degree in science or engineering discipline with a grade-point average (GPA) of 3.2 or better on a 4.0 scale
  • Completed college coursework in calculus, differential equations, physics, chemistry and statistics. Some prerequisites may be completed in the first semesters of the student’s graduate program
  • All admitted graduate students must submit GRE scores prior to receiving an admissions decision. Mines accepts GRE scores from tests taken within five years of the date of entry


  • 72 total credit hours consisting of coursework (at least 36 hours post-baccalaureate) and research (at least 24 hours). Students must also successfully complete qualifying examinations, write and defend a dissertation proposal, write and defend a doctoral dissertation, and are expected to submit the dissertation work for publication in scholarly journals


  • Thesis: 30 credit hours total, consisting of 24 credit hours of coursework and 6 credit hours of thesis credit. Students must also write and orally defend a research thesis.
  • Non-Thesis: 30 credit hours total, consisting of 27 credit hours of coursework and 3 credit hours of independent study or completion of an approved 3 credit hour design course


 Colorado ResidentOut-of-State StudentOnline Student
Room & Board$16,700$16,700$16,700
Books & Supplies$1,500$1,500$1,500
Misc. Expenses$1,800$1,800$1,800
**Cost per credit hour$925$2,075$999

*Allowance for fees based on mandatory fees charged to all students. Does not include fees for orientation, library, yearbook, refrigerator rental, voice messaging, ect.

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


Max Silver“I chose Mines because of its reputation as a leader in geological sciences, and I have enjoyed the professional but unassuming attitudes of the faculty and staff.”

Max Silver
PhD Candidate, Hydrologic Science and Engineering


Career Outcomes

  • Contaminant characterization and remediation
  • Groundwater or watershed modeling
  • Water resource assessment
  • Ecological restoration
  • Environmental restoration
  • Colorado Division of Water Resources
  • Essential Management Solutions
  • National Park Service
  • Neptune and Company
  • Sciex
  • Tetra Tech
  • Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
  • U.S. Geological Survey


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Degree Options


  • Hydrology


  • Hydrology (Thesis)
  • Hydrology (Non-Thesis)


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July 1 deadline