Natural Resources and Energy Policy

Graduate Program at Colorado School of Mines



One of the world’s top engineering and applied science universities is now offering a non-technical graduate degree program focused on preparing leaders from all disciplinary and industry backgrounds for careers in global engineering. Aimed at full-time students and working professionals who want to break into the energy sector, advance in their careers and ultimately, shape the energy and policy work of private businesses, global conglomerates and local and national governments.

The Natural Resources and Energy Policy program (part of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences) applies a multidisciplinary social science lens to natural resources and energy issues, with a strong emphasis on original research, critical thinking and oral communication. With students coming from a variety of academic backgrounds, as well as educational and professional experiences, this program provides unique opportunities and situations to help you meet your individual goals.


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NREP students come
from a variety of
academic disciplines


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Courses offered in
small seminar settings
for optimal learning


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Applicants with 5+ years
relevant experience may
request GRE be waived


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Requirements and Costs

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, social sciences or related disciplines
  • Cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for most applicants. The GRE may be waived for current Mines students and (with the program director’s approval) can be waived for those with five or more years of relevant experience. GMAT scores may be used in lieu of the GRE
  • 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



  • Non-Thesis: 30 credit hours, 18 in the core and 12 in electives. Students are encouraged to pursue internships which may count toward elective credits. Transfer students may apply up to 6 credit hours for courses that meet our requirements


  • 12 credit hours in approved courses


 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.


Gabe Stephens

“The NREP program is giving me access to individuals and organizations that may be valuable networking partners in the future.”

Gabe Stephens
Master’s Student, Natural Resources and Energy Policy


Career Outcomes

  • Environmental groups such as Natural Resources Defense Council and Environmental Defense Fund
  • Government agencies like Department of Energy (DOE) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Nonprofit groups such as Center for Clean Air Policy
  • World Resources Institute and Center for Climate Strategies
  • Private sector


  • Asia Pacific Research Center
  • BP
  • Kimmeridge Energy
  • National Nuclear Security Administration
  • Shell International Exploration and Production
  • World Bank

Organizations recruiting Mines students at the 2019 Career Fair


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Degree Options


  • Natural Resources and Energy Policy (Non-Thesis)


  • Natural Resources and Energy Policy



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