Graduate Application Requirements for International Applicants

We appreciate your interest in Colorado School of Mines.

We know that as an international applicant you have many choices in graduate education. You will feel comfortable here with us as we have a long history of international student success. Please feel free to visit our International Student and Scholars Office.

  Links and Downloadable Forms

  International Student and Scholars Office

  Academic CalendarPDF versionText only version

  Graduate application

  Application instructionsPDF versionText only version


  International student financial statementPDF versionText only version

  Recommendation formPDF versionText only version


Below is a listing of required documents that you must submit to the graduate office along with the application for admission.

For your convenience you can download this checklist here: Application instructions for international studentsPDF versionText only version

Please ensure that all application materials are received by the deadline date. Applications will be reviewed with unofficial transcripts and test scores.  If you are accepted into the program the official credentials must be received by the Graduate Office before you can register for classes.

  • One (1) official transcript from all current and previous institutions (unofficial transcripts can be used for the review process). You may upload* copies of transcripts through the online system. *Uploaded transcripts must contain both your name and the name of the institution to be valid
    • Transcripts are marked 'unofficial' if your program is not complete and still 'in progress'
    • Transcripts are marked 'unofficial' if they are not in a sealed envelope from the University
    • International transcripts are marked 'unofficial' if there is not a certified and stamped legal translation.
    • International transcripts are marked 'unofficial' if there is not a translated copy of your diploma or certification of completion. 
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation (*PDF file)PDF versionText only version: Please have your recommenders submit letters through the online application system or by email to: Letters of recommendation should be solicited from sources knowledgeable of your academic and professional capabilities. They should also describe your qualifications for the specific degree program into which you are applying.
  • Test Scores
    • GRE (Graduate Record Examination) test scores (Colorado School of Mines institution code: 4073): All graduate degree programs at Mines require completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). We will accept GRE scores from tests taken within the past five years. Students applying to the applied Physics (M.S. or Ph.D.) program and for financial aid must submit general GRE and the Physics Subject Test GRE scores. If you are not applying for aid within the physics department, you are only required to submit general GRE scores. The Division of Economics and Business and the Division of Liberal Arts and International Studies will accept GMAT Graduate Management Admission Test scores in place of GRE scores.
    • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores (Colorado School of Mines institution code: 4073): Students whose native language is not English must submit acceptable TOEFL scores as part of the application process.

      Mines requires a minimum score of 79 internet-based test (iBT) or 550 paper-based test (PBT).

      Tests must have been taken within the past two years to be accepted. Applications that do not have valid TOEFL scores will not be released to the Department for review. If you have completed a university degree program in the United States or in an English speaking country within the previous two years, you do NOT have to submit TOEFL scores.  If the TOEFL test is not offered in your country, we will also accept the IELTS exam or the Pearson Test of English. IELTS minimum score of 6.5. Pearson minimum score of 53. Please note that TOEIC exam results cannot be used to satisfy this requirement.
  • Statement of Goals: The purpose of the statement of goals is to introduce yourself to the Graduate Admissions Review Committee. In the statement, you should address professional and personal goals, as well as why Colorado School of Mines would be the best place to achieve those goals. In addition, any skills or experience you have that you think are applicable to a Teaching Assistantship or Research Assistantship award should be addressed in the statement. It is typically one to two pages in length.
  • Resume / Curriculum Vitae (CV): Your resume/CV should contain a comprehensive list of your education, research experience (if applicable), professional experience, publications, special projects, etc.
  • International Student Financial Statement (*PDF file)PDF versionText only version: Your application can be reviewed by the department without your financial statement. However, before enrolling at Mines, non U.S. citizens must submit the Financial Statement that indicates proof of financial resources to cover the first year of studies (minimum of U.S. $52,872 for a single student. You must add $5,500 per year for your spouse and $3,500 per year for each child. If funding for a degree program is provided by a sponsoring agency, please include a letter from that agency indicating the amount of support that will be furnished. If funding is from a personal source, please send a bank statement showing the most recent activity in the account. In addition each 'personal source’ must also submit an Affidavit stating that they agree to sponsor you, the length of time their sponsorship covers and the amount of support per year. Non- U.S. citizens can apply for financial aid. If aid is awarded you will be notified in your admission letter and/or in a letter from the department. Then the financial statement required will be only for the amount not covered by the aid award.  All documentation is required before the processing of visa paperwork can begin.
  • A non-refundable application fee is required of all applicants. Our online application will only accept fees paid by credit or debit card. If it is necessary to send a check or money order, please make payable to "CSM Graduate School" and send to the address listed below. Applications will not be processed until the fee is received. (If you see an incorrect application fee during the submission process, please STOP, and correct the errors before submitting. If you are only submitting one application your answer to the ‘..second application..’ question will be NO. Once you have saved your changes you should see the correct fee and can complete the submission process).

Send all supplemental materials to:
Colorado School of Mines
Graduate School
1500 Illinois St.
Golden, Colorado USA 80401-1887

In order to speed up the admissions review process, copies of test scores and transcripts will be accepted until official paperwork arrives. Official scores and transcripts are required for registering into classes should you be accepted.

Once your application is successfully submitted you will receive a confirmation e-mail. Please ensure the e-mail address within your online application profile is the appropriate and correct e-mail. Once you have received confirmation you will be able to check the application status through your online application's homepage. (You will not be able to track an unsubmitted application online). When all the required credentials have been received by the Graduate Office your application will be complete and released to the department for review. An e-mail notification will be sent to you when your application has been sent for review. Please keep in mind that you can submit the online application without having the additional required credentials. We will update your application packet as we receive credentials and release it when all the required credentials have been received.


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