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Graduate Degree Programs in Petroleum Economics and Management

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Degrees Offered
  Mineral and Energy Economics M.S.
  Diplôme D'Ingénieur or
  Mastère Spécialisé

The petroleum industry technology requires increasingly sophisticated processes to optimize production, transportation, conversions and marketing of hydrocarbons into valuable products satisfying the severest environmental regulations. The petroleum industry — and governments with strong interests in these industries — can only meet these challenges through high-quality personnel who have the necessary technical, economic, business, managerial, policy and leadership skills.

In conjunction with The Instituit Francias du Petrole (IFP) located in Paris, France, Colorado School of Mines offers an advanced degree program geared to meet the needs of industry and governments. The program trains the next generation of technical, analytical and managerial professionals vital to the future of the petroleum and energy industries.

A limited number of Teaching Assistant positions are granted on a competitive basis. Students paying tuition at Mines are eligible for teaching assistant positions during the semesters they are studying at Mines. The average position pays $5000 per semester.

Application Deadline

Important: Applications for admission to the joint degree program should be submitted for consideration by March 1 each year to begin courses the following fall semester in August. Only seven (7) students are selected for the program each year. We also select three alternate students. A deposit of $500 is due to secure your place in the program.

Degree Program

  • Master of Science in Mineral and Energy Economics
  • Diplôme D'Ingénieur or Mastère Spécialisé (IFP)


Students begin the program in the fall semester at Mines, study from January to August at the IFP, then complete the program with one additional fall semester at Mines. While at Mines, students choose a specialization as listed in the Mineral and Energy Economics Program description - Economics and Public Policy (E&PP) or Quantitative Business Methods / Operations Research (QBM/OR).

While at IFP students choose from courses including: (1) Production and Reservoir Engineering (2) Organizational Behavior (3) Energy Geopolitics (4) Upstream Economics (5) Refining (6) Downstream Economics (7) Strategic Marketing (8) Crude Oil and Product Training (9) Efficiency Analysis of Industrial Firms and (10) Industrial Optimization

Western Regional Graduate Program

The Mineral and Energy Economics program at Mines is a member of the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP). This program allows residents of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming to enroll in the Mineral and Energy Economics / IFP graduate program at resident tuition rates. Applicants do not have to meet specific financial criteria, but they must meet all admissions requirements and deadlines set by Mines. All students who indicate residency of one of these states on the admission application will automatically be included in this program.


Kathleen Martin
Program Assistant
Division of Economics and Business
Colorado School of Mines
Golden, Colorado 80401
Phone: 303-273-3482
FAX: 303-273-3416

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