Underground Construction and Tunnel Engineering

Graduate Program at Colorado School of Mines

Underground Construction and Tunnel Engineering

Graduate Program at Colorado School of Mines

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

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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Home to the only Underground
Construction Association
local chapter in the U.S.

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$105,567 average
tunnel engineer
salary 2019

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A world’s top Underground
Construction and
Tunneling Center

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Requirements and Costs

Certificate

  • 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
  • Statement of purpose letter: present your professional and personal goals
  • Resume/CV
  • For international applicants or applicants whose native language is not English, please review the ENGLISH PROFICIENCY requirement tab 

MASTER OF SCIENCE Thesis and Non-Thesis

  • 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
  • Statement of purpose letter: present your professional and personal goals
  • Resume/CV
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • 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, please review the ENGLISH PROFICIENCY requirement tab 

DOCTORATE

  • 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
  • Statement of purpose letter: present your professional and personal goals
  • Resume/CV
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • 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, 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.

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

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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.

 

Wei Hu“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.”

Wei Hu
PhD Candidate, Underground Construction and Tunnel Engineering

 

Career Outcomes

  • Structural engineer
  • Project engineer
  • Construction manager
  • Tunnel engineer
  • Geosciences consultant
  • Aldea Services
  • Jacobs
  • Kiewit
  • Stantec Consulting

Organizations recruiting Mines students at the 2019 Career Fair

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Degree Options

PhD

  • Underground Construction and Tunnel Engineering

Master’s

  • Underground Construction and Tunnel Engineering (Thesis)
  • Underground Construction and Tunnel Engineering (Non-Thesis)

Certificates

  • Underground Construction and Tunnel Engineering

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