Petroleum Engineering
Graduate Program at Colorado School of Mines

Petroleum Engineering
Graduate Program at Colorado School of Mines

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Energy and access is one of the foremost challenges the world faces today, and we need the best engineers to fulfill the ever-increasing demand. With a graduate degree in Petroleum Engineering from Mines, you will become a leading expert in this field and find innovative solutions to issues related to hydrocarbon, geothermal and wind energy. With multidisciplinary teamwork, industry and government partnerships and hands-on research, you will gain a world-class education that will set you up for unparalleled professional success.

research

8 main areas
of research available

money

$128,333 average
starting salary
(master’s)

award

ABET accredited
since 1936

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Requirements and Costs

Master’s Thesis 

  • Must have taken core engineering, math and science courses before applying
  • Statement of purpose letter: present your professional and personal goals
  • Resume/CV
  • One letter of recommendation 
  • Applicants are required to submit GRE scores, with a score of 155 or better
  • Mines accepts GRE scores from tests taken within five years of the date of entry
  • For international applicants or applicants whose native language is not English, please review the ENGLISH PROFICIENCY requirement tab 

Master’s Non-Thesis

  • Must have taken core engineering, math and science courses before applying
  • Statement of purpose letter: present your professional and personal goals
  • Resume/CV
  • One letter of recommendation 
  • For international applicants or applicants whose native language is not English, please review the ENGLISH PROFICIENCY requirement tab 

Doctorate

  • Must have taken core engineering, math and science courses before applying
  • Statement of purpose letter: present your professional and personal goals
  • Resume/CV
  • Three letters of recommendation must accompany the application
  • Applicants are required to submit GRE scores, with a score of 155 or better
  • Mines accepts GRE scores from tests taken within five years of the date of entry
  • GPA 3.0 or higher
  • For international applicants or applicants whose native language is not English, please review the ENGLISH PROFICIENCY requirement tab 

*Due to Covid-19, students applying for master’s non-thesis and certificate programs for spring 2021 and fall 2021 are not required to submit GRE scores.

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY

  • Minimum 48 credit hours coursework
  • Minimum 30 credit hours research beyond Bachelor’s degree
  • Write and defend a doctoral thesis

MASTER OF ENGINEERING (Non-Thesis)

  • Minimum 30 credit hours graduate coursework

MASTER OF SCIENCE

  • Minimum 24 credit hours graduate coursework
  • Minimum 6 hours research credit

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 Colorado ResidentOut-of-State Student
Tuition**$16,650$37,350
Fees*$2,412$2,412
Room & Board$16,700$16,700
Books & Supplies$1,500$1,500
Misc. Expenses$1,800$1,800
Transportation$1,300$1,300
Total$40,362$61,062
**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.

 

Bianca Levy Sgroi Geranutti“After visiting Mines in 2015 as an exchange student, I knew I wanted to come back to complete my master’s degree. There are very experienced professors in terms of fieldwork and I feel very supported here as a student.”

Bianca Levy Sgroi Geranutti
Graduate Student, Petroleum Engineering

 

Career Outcomes

  • Petroleum engineer
  • Petroleum geologist
  • Exploration
  • Petroleum engineering professor
  • Development engineer
  • Drilling Engineer
  • Production Engineer
  • Data Analytics
  • Researcher
  • Anadarko Petroleum Corp.
  • Chevron
  • EOG Resources
  • Liberty Outfield Services
  • Navigation Energy
  • Trace Integrated Geophysics
  • Wood Group

Organizations recruiting Mines students at the 2019 Career Fair

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Degree Options

PhD

  • Petroleum Engineering

Master’s of Engineering

  • Petroleum Engineering (Non-Thesis)

Master’s of Science

  • Petroleum Engineering 
  • Petroleum Engineering Dual Degree between Colorado School of Mines and University of Leoben

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