Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Graduate Program at Colorado School of Mines


Pursuing a graduate degree in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering at Mines provides a well-rounded education with programs that advance the fundamentals of physical and mechanical metallurgy, physiocochemical processing of materials and ceramic engineering. With global industrial, laboratory, government and academic collaborations, this program will give you the expertise and connections to take your career to the next level.


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Requirements and Costs

  • A bachelor’s degree, preferably in a science or engineering discipline, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 preferred
  • 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
  • GRE quantitative percentage of 60% preferred
  • 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, 213 for the computer-based test) is required. In lieu of a TOEFL score, an IELTS score of 6.5 or higher will be accepted
  • Applicants must also submit three letters of recommendation and an official undergraduate transcript


Metallurgical and Materials Engineering (Thesis)
  • 18 credit hours of coursework
  • Minimum 6 credit hours research
  • Graduate seminar (1 credit hour)
  • Presentation and defense of thesis


Metallurgical and Materials Engineering (Non-Thesis)
  • 24 credit hours of coursework
  • Minimum 5 credit hours research/design
  • Graduate seminar (1 credit hour)


  • Minimum of 72 hours of course and research credits
  • Successful completion of written qualifying examination
  • Successful completion of thesis proposal
  • Prepare, submit and defend written thesis and pass defense of thesis examination


Thesis based students are generally supported by grants and contracts, providing stipend, tuition, fees and health insurance.

Non-thesis students are self-funded. The tuition, fees and typical expenses can be reviewed below.

 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, etc.

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


Cheryl Hawk“The MME graduate program at Mines provides students with a wide range of valuable technical and professional skills that will allow them to be successful in whatever avenue of materials engineering they pursue. The distinguished, yet approachable, faculty is really what sets this program apart, as their doors are always open to discuss course content, technical concepts, research, and professional development.”

Ginny Judge, PhD, 2020
Bhakta Rath and Sushama Rath Research Award Winner


Career Outcomes

  • Research and development in materials development and production 
  • National laboratories
  • Mining and extractive industry
  • Aerospace industry
  • Failure analysis and consulting
  • Automotive and heavy equipment industry
  • Oil and gas industry
  • Academia

Organizations recruiting Mines students at the 2019 Career Fair


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July 1 deadline