Graduate Requirements for Degree Seeking Applicants

Thank you for your interest in graduate education at Colorado School of Mines! 

We know that you are weighing many options about your future, academically and professionally. Our goal is to help you make the most informed decision possible.  

The information below is designed to further elaborate on the graduate admissions application components to support you through the process. All applicants will begin to apply using the same link. The application will ask you for what term you would like to apply, what country you are a citizen or permanent resident of and more to adapt to your needs.

Please ensure that all (including letters or recommendation) application materials for your respective program are received by the deadline date Applications will be reviewed with unofficial transcripts and test scores.  

Below are general application requirements, not all requirements listed are required by all of our programs. Please see the program specific admissions requirements for more information. 

Transcript Requirements
  • During the application stage, you may upload unofficial copies of transcripts through your Applicant Portal for review purposes only. Applicant Portal access is granted 24-48 hours after submitting an online application.
    • Uploaded transcripts must contain both your name and the name of the institution to be valid, these will be considered unofficial. 
    • Uploaded transcripts must also be submitted in English.
  •  If you are admitted to Mines, Official Final transcripts and diplomas must be sent to Mines directly from all current and previous institutions you attended/are currently attending.  If you attended a university outside of the U.S. an official credential evaluation will be required as well. More information on credential evaluations is below.
    • Transcripts are marked unofficial if they are not sent directly by the university/college. Official transcripts may be sent electronically or in a sealed envelope from the university/college.
    • Transcripts are marked as official but not final if your program is not complete and is still ‘in progress’ or the degree has not been awarded. 
    • Transcripts are marked as official but not final if an official diploma has not been received.
    • International transcripts are marked official but not final if there is not an official copy of your diploma or certification of completion in the original language.
      •  You can request a transcript from your university/college to be sent to Mines by contacting their Registrar’s Office. 
      • Official transcripts can be sent electronically to or through any electronic document sending service.
      • Official transcripts can be sent via mail to: 

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

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 to submit 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 admissions 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: Letters of Recommendation must come directly from the Recommender. 
    • When requesting recommenders submit 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. 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 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

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 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:


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)

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.



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 for all spring and fall 2021 applicants. We will evaluate our requirements in 2021 to determine 2022 requirements.


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
  • You have completed 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.)
  • You are a citizen of one of the following English-speaking countries:
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.

The spring 2021 and fall 2021 applications are open.

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