Mineral and Energy Economics

Graduate Program at Colorado School of Mines



Want to gain a highly marketable degree that will allow you to make important contributions to the energy industry and wider world? Mines will make it happen. Graduates in Mines’ world-renowned Mineral and Energy Economics program gain the skills necessary for understanding the complex interactions of markets and policy that influence the energy, mineral and environmental industries. The specialized program focuses on applied quantitative tools and models that form a foundation for sound business and public policy and will help propel your career forward to make a difference.


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Dual degree option
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$71,560 average
starting salary


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Requirements and Costs

  • A personal statement that illustrates a strong interest in energy, minerals or related environmental and technological issues, and includes examples of strong leadership potential as demonstrated by previous academic, personal and employment successes
  • There is no official minimum GPA for admittance into the program, although higher GPAs increase the likelihood of admission. For GRE and GMAT, quantitative scores above 60 percent are preferred for admittance consideration
  • 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
  • For international applicants or applicants whose native language is not English, a TOEFL score of 79 or higher (or 550 for the paper-based test) is required. In lieu of a TOEFL score, an IELTS score of 6.5 or higher will be accepted



  • 15 credit hours of core courses
  • 21 credit hours of approved electives


  • 15 credit hours of core courses
  • 12 credit hours of research 
  • 9 credit hours of approved electives


  • 15 hours first year core courses
  • 3 hours extended core coursework
  • 18 credit hours approved electives
  • Passing grades on qualifying written examinations
  • Submission and successful defense of thesis
  • Dissertation chapter or research paper



 Colorado ResidentOut-of-State Student
Room & Board$16,700$16,700
Books & Supplies$1,500$1,500
Misc. Expenses$1,800$1,800
**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.


Ashlyn Hohenshelt

“The Mineral and Energy Economics Program is like no other. It allows for a deeper understanding of mineral, oil and electricity markets and the economic theories that drive them.”

Ashlyn Hohenshelt
Master’s Student, Mineral and Energy Economics


Career Outcomes

  • Industry
  • Banking and investment
  • Government
  • International organizations
  • Consulting firms
  • Payne Institute for Public Policy
  • State of Colorado
  • Argonne National Labs
  • BTU Analytics,
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • NREL
  • Environmental Protection Agency

Organizations recruiting Mines students at the 2019 Career Fair



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Degree Options

Master’s of Science

  • Mineral and Energy Economics
  • Dual Degree: Petroleum Economics and Management & Mineral and Energy Economics


  • Mineral and Energy Economics



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