Space Resources
Graduate Program at Colorado School of Mines

Space Resources
Graduate Program at Colorado School of Mines

PROGRAMS OVERVIEW

Want to learn how to identify, extract, and utilize resources beyond our planet? Mines has a degree for that. With the world’s first Space Resources graduate program, Mines prepares scientists, engineers, economists, entrepreneurs and policymakers to set the stage for a new era in space exploration and economic development.

Graduates in this program take advantage of Mines’ world-renowned expertise in terrestrial resources and energy systems and learn how this knowledge can be applied outside Earth. With guidance from a multidisciplinary group of experts in academia, space agencies and private companies, students will become leaders in this emerging and exciting field.

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Requirements and Costs

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Online

  • Baccalaureate degree in engineering, computer science, physical sciences, mathematics, or economics with a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale
  • Resume or CV
  • Personal statement that explains reasons for pursuing a Space Resources certificate
  • Transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions
  • For international applicants or applicants whose native language is not English, please review the ENGLISH PROFICIENCY requirement tab 

Master of Science Online (Non-Thesis)

  • Baccalaureate degree in engineering, computer science, physical sciences, mathematics, or economics with a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale
  • Resume or CV
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with Quantitative Reasoning section score of 160 or higher. For students coming from a business or economics background, a GMAT score of 650 or higher is acceptable.  Applicants from an engineering program at Mines are not required to submit GRE scores
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions
  • Personal statement that explains reasons for pursuing a Space Resources degree
  • For international applicants or applicants whose native language is not English, please review the ENGLISH PROFICIENCY requirement tab 

Doctorate On-Campus and Online

  • Baccalaureate degree in engineering, computer science, physical sciences, mathematics, or economics with a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale
  • Resume or CV
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with Quantitative Reasoning section score of 160 or higher. For students coming from a business or economics background, a GMAT score of 650 or higher is acceptable.  Applicants from an engineering program at Mines are not required to submit GRE scores
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions
  • Personal statement that explains reasons for pursuing a Space Resources degree
  • For international applicants or applicants whose native language is not English, please review the ENGLISH PROFICIENCY requirement tab 

The Space Resources graduate admissions committee may consider exceptional candidates who do not meet all the above requirements.

*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.

DOCTORATE

  • 72 credit hours
  • Complete qualifying examinations and thesis proposal
  • Write and defend a doctoral dissertation

MASTER OF SCIENCE ONLINE – Non-Thesis

  • 30 hours of coursework

GRADUATE CERTIFICATE ONLINE

  • 12 hours of coursework

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CREDIT HOURS TUITION 2020-21
Per Semester
1.0 $999
2.0 $1,998
3.0 $2,997
4.0 $3,996
5.0 $4,995
6.0 $5,994
7.0 $6,993
8.0 $7,992
9.0 $8,991
10.0 $9,990
11.0 $10,989
12.0 $11,988
13.0 $12,987
14.0 $13,986
15.0 $14,985
16.0 $15,984
17.0 $16,983
18.0 $17,982
19.0 $18,981

• Fees for students enrolled in Mines Online programs or courses are included in the cost of tuition ($999 per credit hour)
• Employer contributions are routinely applied to cover a portion of this cost
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• For students interested in the on-campus PhD option you can be find information about tuition and fees in this site

 

Justin Cyrus“There’s no department on campus that’s not cutting-edge. Mines trains really good future engineers.”

Justin Cyrus
MS ’16, Graduate Student, Space Resources

 

Career Outcomes

A degree in Space Resources prepares students to work for government agencies, the private sector, the military, public policy think tanks and to start their own companies on the following areas:

  • Design and building of instruments for space resource identification
  • Design and building of equipment for drilling, excavation, extraction and processing of resources on the Moon, asteroids and planetary bodies
  • Design of space architectures and infrastructure incorporating the use of space resources
  • Participate on space missions to remotely explore for resources and operate equipment to extract them
  • Develop economic feasibility models for space resource utilization
  • Formulate and advance policies for the fair, responsible and sustainable use of resources in space

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Degree Options

PhD

  • Space Resources (residential or online)

Master’s

  • Space Resources (Non-Thesis) (online)

Certificates

  • Space Resources (online)

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