Degree Programs in Hydrologic Science and Engineering

Graduate Program Information
   Hydrologic Science and Engineering
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Degrees Offered
    Hydrology M.S., Ph.D.
Enrollment Details
Participating Staff
   Academic Faculty  25
Admissions Information
   GRE General Test is required
   GRE Subject Test is not required
   TOEFL exam is required (international)
Admissions Statistics
   Average GRE Quantitative  153
   Average GRE Verbal  156
   Average GPA (4.0 scale)  3.46
   Percent applicants accepted  75%

The Hydrologic Science and Engineering program offers you an interdisciplinary graduate program comprised of faculty from several different Mines departments: Chemistry; Civil and Environmental Engineering; Geology; Geophysics; Mining; and Petroleum.

Past graduates have accepted positions in areas such as: contaminant characterization and remediation; ground-water or watershed modeling; water-resources assessment; ecologic restoration; and environmental restoration. Typical employers include the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, environmental consulting firms, the U.S. Geological Survey, the petroleum industry and state regulatory agencies.

Financial support may be in the form of teaching assistantships (TA), research assistantships (RA) or fellowships. Generally, these awards are reserved for students pursuing a research-based program. TAs are generally offered by March 15 for the upcoming academic year, beginning in the fall. TAs are not usually available beginning with the spring semester. RAs are offered by individual faculty to students whom they expect will contribute quickly to a particular funded research project. Applicants interested in RAs should contact the faculty members whose research interests parallel their own, directly. Complete applications should be submitted by the deadline.

Degree Programs

  • Master of Science in Hydrology (Thesis and Non-Thesis)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Hydrology


The program offers fields of study in fundamental hydrologic science and applied hydrology with engineering applications encompassing: ground-water hydrogeology; surface-water hydrology; vadose-zone hydrology; watershed hydrology; contaminant transport and fate; contaminant remediation; hydrogeophysics; hydrochemistry; and water policy/law.

Western Regional Graduate Program

The hydrology programs at Mines participate in the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP). Residents of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming are eligible to enroll in our hydrology graduate programs at resident tuition rates. Students do not have to meet specific financial criteria, but they must meet all admissions requirements and deadlines set by the institution. All students who indicate residency of one of these states on the admission application will automatically be included in this program.


Dr. Terri Hogue, HSE Director

Tim VanHaverbeke, HSE Program Coordinator
Hydrologic Sciences and Engineering Program
Colorado School of Mines
Golden, CO 80401
Phone: 303-273-3806
FAX: 303-273-3413


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