Mining and Earth Systems

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Degree Programs in Mining and Earth Systems Engineering

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Degrees Offered
    Engineer of Mines M.E.
    Mining and Earth Systems
M.S., Ph.D.
Enrollment Details
Participating Staff
   Academic Faculty  11
Admissions Information
   GRE General Test is required
   GRE Subject Test is not required
   TOEFL exam is required (international)
Admissions Statistics
   Average GRE Quantitative  156
   Average GRE Verbal  146
   Average GPA (4.0 scale)  3.26
   Percent applicants accepted  70%

Since Mines was founded to train gold rush miners, mining engineering has changed greatly, becoming increasingly multidisciplinary, incorporating advanced technologies and capitalizing on new scientific discoveries. Complimenting the core mining engineering program, the department has developed the Earth Systems Engineering specialty to address the growing demand for technical professionals in the fields of geomechanics underground construction and tunneling and excavation engineering. The combination of these specialties distinguishes the program from others and provides a breadth of opportunities for you.

Financial aid is available to outstanding students through student teaching and research assistantships. Research assistantships depend on the sponsoring agency and the faculty member holding the grant. Teaching assistantships are normally reserved for full-time degree students who have demonstrated academic excellence.

Assistantships are generally not awarded to first year students. Students can apply for departmental financial support after their first or second semester. Complete applications should be submitted by the deadline.

Degree Programs

  • Master of Engineering (Engineer of Mines)
  • Master of Science in Mining and Earth Systems Engineering
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Mining and Earth Systems Engineering


The Mining Department's research specializes in the following areas:

  • Advanced integrated mining systems incorporating automation & robotics, underground excavation (tunneling) & construction
  • Computerized mine design & related applications (including geostatistical modeling)
  • Geomechanics, rock mechanics & stability of underground openings, explosive engineering
  • Mineral processing and extraction technologies
  • Mine safety engineering
  • Site characterization & geotechnical investigations, modeling & design in geoengineering, tunneling, underground construction
  • Sustainable engineering in the mining and minerals industry including geothermal energy and other none conventional energy resources such as oil shale
  • Explosive engineering

Western Regional Graduate Program

The Mining Engineering program is a participant in the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP). WRGP students enrolled in our Mining & Earth Systems Engineering graduate program pay tuition at resident student rates. Students with residency in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming are eligible to participate in the WRGP. Students do not have to meet specific financial criteria, but they must meet all admissions requirements and deadlines set by Mines.


Dr. Hugh Miller, Associate Professor and Interim Department Head
Mining Engineering Department
Colorado School of Mines
Golden, Colorado 80401
Phone: (303) 273-3700
FAX: (303) 273-3719

Colorado School of Mines
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