Underground Construction and Tunnel Engineering
Graduate Program at Colorado School of Mines
Some of the most important urban innovations happen underground. The only program of its kind in North America Mines’ Underground Construction and Tunnel Engineering graduate program educates top engineers on the design, construction, rehabilitation and management of underground spaces. This interdisciplinary program offers a wide range of fields with funded research and networking opportunities with unique industry and national lab partnerships that prepares graduates for successful careers and become the top leaders in their field.
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Requirements and Costs
- A bachelor’s degree in a science or engineering discipline and prerequisite coursework related to strength of materials (or mechanics of materials) and fluid mechanics
- All admitted graduate students must submit GRE scores prior to receiving an admissions decision. Mines accepts GRE scores from tests taken within five years of the date of entry
- GRE with quantitative section score of 151 or higher (or 650 on the old scale) preferred. Applicants who have graduated from Mines within the past five years are not required to submit GRE scores
- 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 will be accepted
MASTER OF SCIENCE – Thesis
- 30 total credit hours, consisting of 24 hours coursework, minimum 6 hours research
MASTER OF SCIENCE – Non-Thesis
- 30 total credit hours, consisting of 27 hours coursework, 3 hours independent study
DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY
- 42 credit hours coursework (beyond BS degree), 3 credit hours independent study, minimum 24 credit hours research
- Successfully pass a qualifying exam
- Write and defend a dissertation proposal
- Write and defend a doctoral dissertation
|Colorado Resident||Out-of-State Student||Online Student|
|Room & Board||$16,700||$16,700||$16,700|
|Books & Supplies||$1,500||$1,500||$1,500|
|**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.
“Earth-related science and engineering programs are still the core of what Mines can offer. Among them, tunneling is one of the most dynamic programs. It is also the trend of infrastructure construction in the years to come.”
PhD Candidate, Underground Construction and Tunnel Engineering
- Structural engineer
- Project engineer
- Construction manager
- Tunnel engineer
- Geosciences consultant
- Aldea Services
- Stantec Consulting
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- Underground Construction and Tunnel Engineering
- Underground Construction and Tunnel Engineering (Thesis)
- Underground Construction and Tunnel Engineering (Non-Thesis)
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