Space Resources

Graduate Program at Colorado School of Mines

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Want to learn how to mine in space? Mines has a degree for that. With the world’s first Space Resources graduate program, Mines prepares scientists, engineers, economists, entrepreneurs and policy makers to set the stage for a new space race 50 years after humanity first set foot on the Moon.

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 beyond Earth. With guidance from a multidisciplinary group of experts in academia, space agencies and private companies, students will become leaders in this emerging field and propel humanity into the future.

research

Variety of exciting
space-related
research projects

 

planet

First space resources
grad program in
the world

 

research computer

11 experimental
and computing labs

 

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Requirements and Costs

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

  • 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
  • TOEFL score of 79 or higher or (550 or higher paper-based or 213 computer-based) for applicants whose native language is not English (requirement may be waived after interview with program representative)

Master of Science (Non-Thesis) and Doctor of Philosophy

  • 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
  • TOEFL score of 79 or higher or (550 or higher paper-based or 213 computer-based) for applicants whose native language is not English (requirement may be waived after interview with program representative)

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

DOCTORATE

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

MASTER OF SCIENCE – Non-Thesis

  • 30 hours coursework

GRADUATE CERTIFICATES

  • 12 hours of coursework in selected certificate program

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 Colorado ResidentOut-of-State StudentOnline Student
Tuition**$16,650$37,350$17,982
Fees*$2,412$2,412$0
Room & Board$16,700$16,700$16,700
Books & Supplies$1,500$1,500$1,500
Misc. Expenses$1,800$1,800$1,800
Transportation$1,300$1,300$1,300
Total$40,362$61,062$39,282
**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, ect.

At less than 4.5 credit hours, you may be ineligible for financial aid.

 

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

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Degree Options

PhD

  • Space Resources

Master’s

  • Space Resources (Non-Thesis)

Certificates

  • Space Resources

 

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July 1 deadline