Hydrologic Science and Engineering
Graduate Program at Colorado School of Mines

Hydrologic Science and Engineering
Graduate Program at Colorado School of Mines

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

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.

research

$65.69M in research
awards (FY2018)

money

$72,078 average
starting salary (master’s)
2019-20

upward growth

#2 Return on
Investment, Money
Magazine, 2018

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Requirements and Costs

Master’s Thesis and Non-Thesis

  • 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
  • Statement of purpose letter: present your professional and personal goals
  • Resume/CV
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • For international applicants or applicants whose native language is not English, please review the ENGLISH PROFICIENCY requirement

Doctorate

  • 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
  • Statement of purpose letter: present your professional and personal goals
  • Resume/CV
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • 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.

 

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

PhD

  • Hydrology

Master’s

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