Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

Degree, Certificate, and Non-Degree Program Requirements

Please note, the descriptions of requirements listed in the sections below are general references for the Graduate Degree Programs, Graduate Certificate Programs, and Graduate Non-Degree Programs offered at Mines.  Specific programs may have fewer requirements.

You can click the name of your program to review the specific requirements for your program of interest.

 

 

Degree Program Requirements

Transcript Requirements

To apply to Mines, you will need to send the Office of Admissions your transcripts from all universities you have previously attended. You may submit unofficial or official transcripts for the application review process. *Please view the descriptions below for an explanation of unofficial vs. official and instructions for sending your transcripts to us.

Unofficial Transcripts
We accept unofficial transcripts in English for the application review process. An unofficial transcript is defined as:

  • Any transcript not sent to Mines directly from another university. For example:
    • A transcript uploaded by you, the student, to your applicant portal
    • A transcript emailed to us by you or anyone other than the other university
    • A transcript mailed to us in an envelope without a university stamp or seal on the outside of the envelope

To be valid, your name and the name of the university must be visible.

Methods for Submitting Unofficial Transcripts

  1. Via the Applicant Portal: After submitting your application, you will gain access to your Applicant Portal. Your Applicant Portal will allow you to upload your unofficial transcripts and monitor what you are still missing to complete your application.
  2. Via email: grad-admissions@mines.edu

Official Transcripts
We also accept official transcripts in English for the application review process. An official transcript is defined as:

  • Any transcript sent to Mines directly from another university

Methods for Sending Official Transcripts

1. Directly from your prior university via email to us at grad-admissions@mines.edu
2. Directly from your prior university via any electronic document sending service
3. Directly from your prior university via postal mail, in a sealed envelope with a university signature, stamp or seal on the outside of the envelope to:

Colorado School of Mines
Office of Admissions – Graduate Admissions
Starzer Welcome Center
1812 Illinois Street
Golden, CO  80401

4. Delivered to the Office of Admissions in a closed, sealed envelope with a university signature, stamp or seal on the outside of the envelope.

*If you are accepted and decide to commit to enrolling at Mines, you will be required to submit final official transcripts and diplomas, as well as an official credential evaluation if you attended a university outside of the U.S., from all prior universities attended.

GRE Scores

    • The GRE is required for some programs. Please see the program specific admissions requirements for more information 
    • To learn more about how to request that your official GRE scores are sent to Mines. See the GRE website. 
    • The Colorado School of Mines’ institutional GRE code is 4073. All official score reports are sent to the Office of Admissionsso no need to indicate a specific department when requesting your scores.  
    • The GRE is being offered at home due to COVID-19. You can learn more about this option hereCOVID-19 accommodation for GRE – Test at Home  
    • Exception – 
      • Below are the departments that will accept GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) in place of GRE scores: 
        • The Division of Economics and Business 
        • Space Resources Program 
        • The Division of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences 
        • Natural Resources and Energy Policy (NREP) 
      •   Natural Resources and Energy Policy (NREP) will also accept Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) scores in place of the GRE, Please email grad-admissions@mines.edu to submit your LSAT scores.   
    • Visit your anticipated departments website for information regarding target GRE scores. 
    • Your GRE scores are valid for five years. 
    •  

Letters of Recommendation

  • Letters of Recommendation 
    • Most programs require Letters of Recommendation. Please see the program specific admission requirements for the required number of Recommendation Letters. 
    • Please have your recommenders submit letters of recommendation through the online application system or by emailing them to:  grad-admissions@mines.edu Letters of Recommendation must come directly from the Recommender. 
    • When requesting letters, inform recommenders that they will submit their recommendation through the application system. An email will be sent to the email address you provide on their behalf. Please ensure that the email address is entered correctly in the application system. Once the recommender submits, you will be able to see this updated in your portal.  
    • We recommend requesting letters of from contacts who are knowledgeable of your academic and professional capabilities and experiencesIn particular, faculty members whom you have worked closely with or supervisors/colleagues from a related job or internship experience 
    • We encourage that your recommenders specifically describe your qualifications with regard to the degree program into which you are applying to. 
    • All letters of recommendation must be received by the admissions application deadline for your application file to be completed. Application files without all materials, including the letters of recommendation, are not sent for review until they are complete 

Statement Of Goals

  • Statement of Goals/Statement of Purpose
    • The purpose of this requirement is to briefly introduce yourself to the Graduate Admissions Review Committee by sharing your professional, academic and personal goals and why Colorado School of Mines is the best place to achieve those goals. In addition, any skills or experience that you have and believe are applicable to a Teaching Assistantship or Research Assistantship award should be addressed in the statement. Please keep your statement to one to two pages in length. 

Resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV)

  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV)
    • A resume or curriculum vitae (CV) helps the Admissions Review Committee better understand your past and current professional work, research, teaching and academic experiences to help determine your candidacy for the program you are applying to and for potential funding opportunities. We also recommend including any grants awarded, publications in which you have been published in a research capacity relevant to the field in which you are now seeking and any professional affiliations you are involved with, especially leadership positions held. 

Application Fee

  • NonRefundable Application Fee  
    • U.S. Citizens and U.S. Permanent Residents: Application fee – $75
    • International Citizens: Application fee – $95
    • The application fee is waived for current Mines students, alumni and staff
    • There is no application fee for non-degree applicants
    • GEM Fellowship applicants and students participating in the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program, please contact grad-admissions@mines.edu to verify your status and have your application fee waived

Please note: Our online application will only accept fees paid by credit or debit card. 

 

Tips to Complete Your Application

Deadlines

Be aware of the deadlines to submit all of the materials for your application.

Fall Deadlines 

Spring Deadlines

 

Supplemental Materials 

If you would like to submit any additional information, outside of the requirements for the program you are applying to, please submit them via your Mines Applicant Portal. Supplemental materials can include: an additional statement of purpose, a publication, additional letter of recommendation, an article, award or recognition that you believe adds value to your application file. 

In order to expedite the admissions review process, copies of test scores and transcripts are acceptable to complete your application file until official paperwork arrives.  

Once your application is successfully submitted you will receive a confirmation email to the email address provided in your application 

This confirmation email will also include your Applicant Portal login credentials. Within this Portal, you can check the status of your application and receipt of application materials. Here you can also submit supplemental materials. 

When all the required application materials are received by the Office of Admissions, your application file will be complete and released to the department for review. We will send an e-mail notification informing you of this status update 

Reach out to the Office of Admissions at grad-admissions@mines.edu if you have any questions. 

 

ENGLISH PROFICIENCY (International Students Only)

Applicants who are not US citizens or permanent residents and whose native language is not English, must prove English proficiency as part of the application process except when applying for a university-approved online program and will be studying outside of the U.S.. Applications that do not have valid proof of English proficiency are considered incomplete and will not be released to the department for review. The English proficiency requirement may be fulfilled by meeting one of the following:

TOEFL

Colorado School of Mines institution code: 4073. Mines requires a minimum score of 79 Internet-based test with minimum section scores as shown below. Tests must have been taken within the past two years and must not expire during the application process. If you have multiple valid TOEFL tests, we do accept TOEFL MyBest Scores or will superscore your section scores if necessary.

SubjectInternet TOEFL (iBT)
Reading20
Listening21
Writing17
Speaking21
Total79

TOEFL AT-HOME TEST: We will accept the TOEFL At-Home Test with the same score requirements as those listed above. This test is now available in most countries.

 

IELTS

Minimum overall band of 6.5 with no band below 6.0. We are now accepting the IELTS Indicator At-Home Test with the same score requirements. This test is now available in most countries. If you have multiple valid IELTS tests, we will superscore your band scores if necessary. Tests must have been taken within the past two years and must not expire during the application process

 

Duolingo English Test

The Duolingo Englsh Test is an acceptable test of English proficiency. A minimum overall score of 105, with no subscore below a 105 is required.

 

Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic

Minimum overall score of 53 with no communicative skills score below 50. Tests must have been taken within the past two years and must not expire during the application process.

 

 

Other ways to prove English proficiency:
  • Completion of a university degree program in an English speaking country (see list below) within the last two (2) years from the date of acceptance to Mines
  • Completion of at least 1 year of full-time study (minimum 18 credit hours) at a regionally-accredited US college or university with a grade point average to meet our institutional requirement. Completed within the last two years from the date of acceptance to Mines.
  • Completion of two semesters of freshman English composition with a grade of C or better at a regionally accredited U.S. college or university.  (These courses must be completed on an A-F grade scale.) Completed within the last two years from the date of acceptance to Mines.
  • You are a citizen of one of the following English-speaking countries:
    ANTIGUA and BARBUDA NEW ZEALAND
    AUSTRALIA NIGERIA
    BAHAMAS NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS
    BELIZE PHILIPPINES
    BOTSWANA SAMOA
    CANADA SOUTH AFRICA
    GHANA TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
    IRELAND UGANDA
    JAMAICA UNITED KINGDOM
    LIBERIA UNITED STATES
    MAURITIUS ZAMBIA
  •  

Financial Statement (International Students Only)

A financial statement of support will be needed if you are accepted. The financial statement of support will be requested by email by the International Office. You will also receive further instruction by email about obtaining a DS-2019 or I-20 from the International Office upon admission, once your intent to enroll is processed.

 

 

Certificate Program Requirements

Remember, you can check your specific program  requirements by clicking your area of interest on the program list.

Resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV)

  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV)
    • A resume or curriculum vitae (CV) helps the Admissions Review Committee better understand your past and current professional work, research, teaching and academic experiences to help determine your candidacy for the program you are applying to and for potential funding opportunities. We also recommend including any grants awarded, publications in which you have been published in a research capacity relevant to the field in which you are now seeking and any professional affiliations you are involved with, especially leadership positions held. 

Statement Of Goals

  • Statement of Goals/Statement of Purpose
    • The purpose of this requirement is to briefly introduce yourself to the Graduate Admissions Review Committee by sharing your professional, academic and personal goals and why Colorado School of Mines is the best place to achieve those goals. In addition, any skills or experience that you have and believe are applicable to a Teaching Assistantship or Research Assistantship award should be addressed in the statement. Please keep your statement to one to two pages in length. 

ENGLISH PROFICIENCY (International Students Only)

Applicants who are not US citizens or permanent residents and whose native language is not English, must prove English proficiency as part of the application process except when applying for a university-approved online program and will be studying outside of the U.S.. Applications that do not have valid proof of English proficiency are considered incomplete and will not be released to the department for review. The English proficiency requirement may be fulfilled by meeting one of the following:

TOEFL

Colorado School of Mines institution code: 4073. Mines requires a minimum score of 79 Internet-based test with minimum section scores as shown below. Tests must have been taken within the past two years and must not expire during the application process. If you have multiple valid TOEFL tests, we do accept TOEFL MyBest Scores or will superscore your section scores if necessary.

SubjectInternet TOEFL (iBT)
Reading20
Listening21
Writing17
Speaking21
Total79

TOEFL AT-HOME TEST: We will accept the TOEFL At-Home Test with the same score requirements as those listed above. This test is now available in most countries.

 

IELTS

Minimum overall band of 6.5 with no band below 6.0. We are now accepting the IELTS Indicator At-Home Test with the same score requirements. This test is now available in most countries. If you have multiple valid IELTS tests, we will superscore your band scores if necessary. Tests must have been taken within the past two years and must not expire during the application process

 

Duolingo English Test

The Duolingo Englsh Test is an acceptable test of English proficiency. A minimum overall score of 105, with no subscore below a 105 is required.

 

Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic

Minimum overall score of 53 with no communicative skills score below 50. Tests must have been taken within the past two years and must not expire during the application process.

 

 

Other ways to prove English proficiency:
  • Completion of a university degree program in an English speaking country (see list below) within the last two (2) years from the date of acceptance to Mines
  • Completion of at least 1 year of full-time study (minimum 18 credit hours) at a regionally-accredited US college or university with a grade point average to meet our institutional requirement. Completed within the last two years from the date of acceptance to Mines.
  • Completion of two semesters of freshman English composition with a grade of C or better at a regionally accredited U.S. college or university.  (These courses must be completed on an A-F grade scale.) Completed within the last two years from the date of acceptance to Mines.
  • You are a citizen of one of the following English-speaking countries:
    ANTIGUA and BARBUDA NEW ZEALAND
    AUSTRALIA NIGERIA
    BAHAMAS NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS
    BELIZE PHILIPPINES
    BOTSWANA SAMOA
    CANADA SOUTH AFRICA
    GHANA TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
    IRELAND UGANDA
    JAMAICA UNITED KINGDOM
    LIBERIA UNITED STATES
    MAURITIUS ZAMBIA
  •  

Eligibility and Tuition

ELIGIBILITY

  • Students interested in completing graduate level coursework as a certificate student typically must have completed a bachelor’s degree by the start date of the course. Please check your Programs Requirements.
  • Prerequisite coursework may be required.  Review requirements in the Mines Catalog.

TUITION

  • Certificate courses are charged tuition at the graduate tuition rate, regardless of course level, if you have previously earned a bachelor’s degree.
  • Certificate courses are not eligible for financial aid at Colorado School of Mines. Please reach out ot your Department for potential aid oportunities.

 

 

Non-Degree Program Requirements

Eligibility and Tuition

Eligibility

  • Students interested in completing graduate level coursework as a non-degree student must have completed a bachelor’s degree by the start date of the course.
  • Prerequisite coursework may be required.  Review requirements in the Mines Catalog.

Tuition

  • Non-degree courses are charged tuition at the graduate tuition rate, regardless of course level, if you have previously earned a bachelor’s degree.
  • Non-degree courses are not eligible for financial aid at Colorado School of Mines.

Application Process

If you are applying for a certificate program you will need to use the degree-seeking application.

Non-degree applicants must wait for the course schedule to be published before submitting the application.

  • Review the course schedule and select your intended courses (Course Schedule).
  • Course title, 5-digit CRN, course number and instruction format are needed when applying.
  • Submit an application for each term you intend to complete coursework.
  • Indicate the courses of interest when prompted.
  • Provide transcripts from all Colleges/Universities attended.
  • International non-degree applicants – If you are currently within the U.S., please submit a valid I-20 or DS-2019. If you are located and plan to remain outside of the U.S. for the duration of your coursework, no additional immigration documentation is required.

Registering for Courses

  • The Registrar’s Office will verify prerequisites (if applicable).
  • The Registrar’s Office will enroll you in your requested courses (space permitting).
  • You will receive an e-mail from the Registrar’s Office confirming enrollment.

If you need assistance registering for classes after your application has been processed, please contact the Registrar’s Office. Registrar’s Office Student Center, Suite E280 1200 16th Street Golden, CO 80401 Hours: Mon-Fri, 8 am-5 pm registrar@mines.edu 303-273-3200

 

 

Additional Information for:

CURRENT MINES UNDERGRADS

GRADUATE ADMISSIONS FOR CURRENT MINES UNDERGRADS


All Mines undergraduate students interested in applying for a graduate degree program as a combined BS/(Master’s or Doctoral) degree student should:

  • Contact the academic department offering the graduate degree or the Office of Admissions for application requirement details. Requirements vary by department.
  • Submit the graduate admissions application during your junior year.
  • Be admitted and submitted your intent to enroll by census day of your last semester as an undergraduate.

Application requirements for Mines undergraduate students

  • Application Fee: Waived. Respond to the prompts in the application appropriately indicating your affiliation and the the fee will be covered.
  • Transcript: You will need to submit one (1) official copy of transcripts from all universities/colleges you have attended. Official Mines undergraduate/graduate transcripts are not needed. Please pull your Mines unofficial transcript from Trailhead and upload this as your unofficial Mines transcript.
  • Three letters of recommendation: Please have your recommenders submit letters through the online application system or by email to: grad-admissions@mines.edu. 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. You should always contact recommenders to discuss using them as a reference. Please contact the Office of Admissions or your department of interest to determine the number of letters required.
  • GRE: Many departments waive the GRE requirement for Mines undergraduate students applying to a combined program. However, some departments require the GRE for combined program students. Please contact the Office of Admissions or your department of interest to determine if the GRE is required.
  • 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): You will need to upload a current resume. The Career Center is a great resource!

You may check the status of your application within your Applicant Portal.

When applying to the combined program, we suggest that you:

  • Visit the Combined Registration Page for detailed information about the Combined Program. Contact the Office of Admissions, if you have any questions.
  • Contact the Financial Aid Office to see how the Combined Program will impact any aid you may be receiving.
  • Contact the Registrar’s Office to verify your undergraduate graduation date and for information about completing the required forms.

Note: waivers are for those applying to non-thesis programs.

MINES ALUMNI

GRADUATE ADMISSIONS FOR MINES ALUMNI


Mines alums, we’re here to help you take the next steps forward with another Mines degree.  If you earned your Bachelor’s within the past five years, some of your requirements may be waived.  Please contact your intended program to learn more.

Mines alumni are not required to provide Mines official transcripts.  Please upload your unofficial transcripts at the time of application. All other application requirements are required for consideration. Please follow the application instructions that apply to you.

Application Fee: Waived. Respond to the prompts in the application appropriately indicating your affiliation and the the fee will be covered.

MINES FACULTY AND STAFF

GRADUATE ADMISSIONS FOR MINES FACULTY AND STAFF


Take advantage of your tuition benefits in addition to having your application fee waived.  All other application requirements are required for consideration. Please follow the application instructions that apply to you.

Application Fee: Waived. Respond to the prompts in the application appropriately indicating your affiliation and the the fee will be covered.

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