Space Resources

Graduate Program at Colorado School of Mines

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 policymakers 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.

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Online degrees with students
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Research projects in all
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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.

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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 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.

 

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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