Earth Resources Development Engineering

Graduate Program at Colorado School of Mines



Understanding emerging technical and social issues in earth resources development is an important challenge when navigating subsurface work. But the Earth Resources Development Engineering graduate program at Mines will help professionals develop skills and expertise related to mining sustainability, reclamation, Earth observation, modeling and more to ensure success when out in the field. The interdisciplinary nature of this graduate program prepares graduates for any problem they may face and become leaders beyond the classroom.


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Requirements and Costs

  • A 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, a TOEFL score of 79 or higher (or 550 for the paper-based test, 213 for the computer-based test). In lieu of a TOEFL score, an IELTS score of 6.5 or higher will be accepted



  • Non-Thesis: 30 credit hours coursework
  • Thesis: Minimum 30 credit hours coursework, creation and defense of thesis


  • 48 credit hours of coursework
  • 24 credit hours research
  • Defense of dissertation thesis
  • Assessment exam
  • Comprehensive exams



 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.


Clair Kincaid

“I chose Mines because it has the highest ranked mining program in the world, multiple interdisciplinary opportunities, fantastic network for career building and a great research basis. “

Claire Kincaid
Graduate Student, Earth Resources Development Engineering


Career Outcomes

  • Mining engineer
  • Petroleum engineer
  • Environmental engineer
  • Geological engineer
  • Natural resources engineer



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Degree Options


  • Earth Resources Development Engineering (Thesis and Non-Thesis)


  • Earth Resources Development Engineering



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July 1 deadline