Mining Engineering

Graduate Program at Colorado School of Mines



Our top-rated, internationally recognized Mining Engineering program is the premier center for education and applied research in the diverse fields of mining and underground construction and tunneling. By combining classroom, research and project-based learning, graduates will be prepared to achieve their highest goals in a number of mining-related fields. Additionally, through our job fairs and other campus events, students come face-to-face with top industry recruiters eager to hire from the exceptional pool of Mines grads.

The Career Center is also available to support students and grads with a number of helpful services from resume creation and interview preparation to job searches and career path development.

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Requirements and Costs

  • Bachelor’s degree in some discipline of engineering from an ABET-accredited institution
  • 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. Applicants who have graduated from Mines within the past five years are not required to submit GRE scores
  • For international applicants or applicants whose native language is not English, please review the ENGLISH PROFICIENCY requirement tab here.


Master of Science (Thesis and Non-Thesis)

  • Thesis: requires a minimum of 24 semester credit hours of course work and 6 semester credits of research, approved by student’s graduate committee, plus a master’s thesis
  • Non-Thesis: must complete a minimum of 24-30 credit hours of course work of which 0-6 credit hours may be applied towards the analytical report writing, if required

Doctor of Philosophy (Mining and Earth Systems Engineering)

  • Requires a total of 72 credit hours, beyond the bachelor’s degree. A maximum of 48 credit hours of course work, and a minimum of 24 hours of research credit is required
  • Those with an MS in an appropriate field may transfer a maximum of 30 credit hours of course work towards the 48-credit hour requirement upon the approval of the advisor and thesis committee
  • The thesis must be successfully defended before a doctoral committee



 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, ect.

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


Josef Bourgeois

“The mining engineering faculty is incredible. I’ve gotten a lot of great hands-on experience with unique excavation equipment and it’s helping me learn how to think on my feet. Also, being at Mines is opening me up to job opportunities I would not have if I were at other programs.”

Josef Bourgeois
PhD Candidate, Mining Engineering


Career Outcomes


  • Mineral engineer
  • Mining safety engineer
  • Seismic engineer
  • Geological engineer
  • Mining engineer
  • Environmental consultant
  • Antero Resources
  • Kiewit
  • Maptek
  • Newmont Mining Corp.
  • North American Coal Corporation

Organizations recruiting Mines students at the 2019 Career Fair


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Degree Options


  • Mining Engineering
  • Earth Resource Development Engineering


  • Mining Engineering (Thesis or Non-Thesis)
  • Earth Resource Development Engineering (Thesis or Non-Thesis)


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