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Natural Resources and Energy Policy

Natural Resources and Energy Policy

 Program Description


As the 21st century unfolds, we face major challenges in energy, natural resources and the environment. The Division of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences offers a graduate degree to help professionals solve these challenges: MS in Natural Resources and Energy Policy (NREP).

The multidisciplinary NREP degree provides engineers, social and physical scientists and others interested in energy and natural resources (especially water) with a range of social science skills and knowledge. Open to new graduates as well as mid-career professionals, NREP teaches critical qualitative and quantitative skills to respond to domestic and global challenges related to energy, natural resources and resource management. The program is research and writing-intensive with a strong focus on verbal and written communication. The classes are small seminars that allow faculty to meet individual interests and backgrounds.

Through core courses electives, and internships students acquire in-depth knowledge of political risk analysis and mitigation, community outreach and social responsibility, international development, and local and global policymaking. 
The degree targets the following jobs: analysts at energy and financial analytics companies; policy, government affairs, risk management, community development, and similar positions in energy, mining, and other engineering companies; local, state, and federal government positions related to energy and resources; and non-profit organizations (advocacy, trade associations, etc.) working on energy, environment, or natural resources.


Drawing on Mines’ international reputation, the faculty’s extensive contacts, courses focused on problem-solving and our well-placed board of advisors, graduates get jobs in industry, government and non-governmental organizations. Students with undergraduate training in engineering may choose to work as engineers with a new awareness of social contexts, thus paving the way to new jobs and promotions, or choose a new career path such as in social responsibility, government relations or advocacy. Those with social science or humanities training will find doors open to them in a wide range of energy and natural resources jobs.

NREP degree that requires 30 credit hours: 18 in the core and 12 in electives. Full-time students can complete the degree in three semesters (including summer).

Combined Undergraduate/Graduate Degree Programs

Mines students may earn the master’s degree as part of Mines’ combined undergraduate/graduate program. Students participating in the combined degree program may double-count up to six semester hours of 400-level course work from their undergraduate course work.

Please note that Mines students interested in pursuing a combined undergraduate/graduate program are encouraged to make an initial contact with the NREP director after the first semester of their sophomore year for counseling on application procedures, admissions standards and degree completion requirements.

Additional program information is available at the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences website.

Master of Science

  • Natural Resources and Energy Policy (Non-Thesis)

Graduate Certificate

  • Natural Resources and Energy Policy
  • A bachelor’s degree in engineering, social sciences or related disciplines with a 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.
  • HASS521. ENVIRONMENTAL PHILOSOPHY AND POLICY. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
  • HASS523. ADVANCED SCIENCE COMMUNICATION. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
    Equivalent with LAIS523
  • HASS525. ENVIRONMENTAL COMMUNICATION. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
    Equivalent with LAIS525
  • HASS535. INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
    Equivalent with LAIS535
  • HASS541. AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT. 3.0 Semester Hrs
    Equivalent with LAIS541
  • HASS542. NATURAL RESOURCES AND WAR IN AFRICA. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
    Equivalent with LAIS542
  • HASS545. INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
    Equivalent with LAIS545
  • HASS550. POLITICAL RISK ASSESSMENT. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
    Equivalent with LAIS550
  • HASS552. CORRUPTION AND DEVELOPMENT. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
    Equivalent with LAIS552
  • HASS558. NATURAL RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
    Equivalent with LAIS558
  • HASS560. GLOBAL GEOPOLITICS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
    Equivalent with LAIS560
  • HASS565. SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, AND SOCIETY. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
    Equivalent with LAIS565
  • HASS584. US WATER POLITICS AND POLICY. 3.0 Semester Hrs
  • HASS586. SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY POLICY. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
    Equivalent with LAIS586
  • HASS587. ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS AND POLICY. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
    Equivalent with LAIS587
  • HASS588. GLOBAL WATER POLITICS AND POLICY. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
    Equivalent with LAIS588
  • HASS590. ENERGY AND SOCIETY. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
    Equivalent with LAIS590
  • HASS591. ENERGY POLITICS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
  • HASS592. ENERGY AND SECURITY POLICY. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
  • HASS593. NATURAL RESOURCES & ENERGY POLICY: THEORIES AND PRACTICE. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
  • HASS598. SPECIAL TOPICS. 6.0 Semester Hrs.
  • HASS599. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 0.5-6 Semester Hr.
  • HASS601. ACADEMIC PUBLISHING. 2-3 Semester Hr.
    Equivalent with LAIS601
  • HASS698. SPECIAL TOPICS. 6.0 Semester Hrs.
  • HASS699. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 0.5-6 Semester Hr.
  • HASS707. GRADUATE THESIS / DISSERTATION RESEARCH CREDIT. 1-15 Semester Hr.
    Equivalent with LAIS707
  • LICM501. PROFESSIONAL ORAL COMMUNICATION. 1.0 Semester Hr.
 

APPLICATION DEADLINES

Priority: March 1, 2019

International: March 1, 2019

Domestic: July 1, 2019

Contact Us

Graduate Admissions

grad-app@mines.edu

303-273-3247

Graduate Programs Inquiry

  • Please provide your undergraduate major program of study.