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.

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

Please ensure that all application materials are received by the deadline date. The deadlines are for complete applications, meaning all required documentation must be submitted by that 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. If additional official documentation, in addition to that listed below, is required you will be notified, if admitted.

  • One (1) official transcript from all current and previous institutions (unofficial transcripts may 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 literal English translation, as well as an official copy in the indigenous language.
    • International transcripts are marked ‘unofficial’ if there is not a certified literal English translation of your diploma or certification of completion as well as a certified copy in the indigenous language.
  • If applicable – One (1) official copy of the individual marksheets from all current and previous institutions. Consolidated marksheets will not be accepted as official. (unofficial individual marksheets may be used for the review process). You may upload* copies of the individual marksheet(s) through the online system
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation (*Download the PDF file).These should be submitted through our electronic application system or emailed to  Letters of recommendation that are submitted via email will only be accepted if they are sent directly from the recommender (No exceptions). You are not permitted to use letters of recommendation from a different term for a new application, unless it is a deferral. 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 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 funding must submit general GRE scores. The Physics Subject Test GRE score is not required, but is recommended. The Division of Economics and Business, Space Resources Program and the Division of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences will accept GMAT Graduate Management Admission Test scores in place of GRE scores.
      Internet score sheets (screen shots) will be accepted for review. Your name must appear in the screen shot. Please upload this to your application in the Degree Seeking Uploads area. Uploads are considered unofficial, you must request official scores, if admitted.
    • 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). 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 6.5Pearson minimum score of 53. Please note that TOEIC exam results cannot be used to satisfy this requirement.
      • Exceptions (Exam is waived):
        • Your Country of citizenship’s primary language is English* (*see list within application)
        • You have completed a university degree program in an English speaking country* within the last two (2) years
  • 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 should contain a comprehensive list of your education, professional experience, publications, special projects, etc.
    Important Note: Special trainings, publications, projects, internships, etc. should be included in your resume. Certificates (athletic, special trainings, internships etc.), published papers, etc. will not be included in your application packet.
  • International Student Financial Statement (SOS) [PDF]: 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. 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.
    • Financial Statement of Support (SOS) Deadlines:
      • Accepted Fall Applicants will have until May 1st (of the year you are applying) to submit a valid SOS. Accepted Spring Applicants will have until November 1st (of the year you are applying) to submit a valid SOS.
  • A non-refundable application fee is required of all applicants. The current discounted fee for applications submitted online by February 1 for Fall or September 1 for Spring is $70 payable by credit card. Applicants submitting their applications after September 1st for Spring will be charged the full application fee of $95. 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).

In order to speed up the admissions review process, unofficial documents should be uploaded at the time of applicationYou should upload your documents via the links under the Degree Seeking Uploads in your online application. These must be in .pdf format at 300 dpi. Minimized images will not be accepted. Please do not mail unofficial hard copies of uploaded documents. If for some reason you are not able to upload a required document or you have updates after submission, please e-mail them to Email questions about the application process to Official scores and transcripts are required for registering into classes should you be accepted. OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS BECOME PROPERTY OF COLORADO SCHOOL OF MINES and will not be returned.

Send all official/supplemental materials to:
Colorado School of Mines
Office of Graduate Studies
1200 16th Street E140
Golden, Colorado USA 80401-1887

Once your application is successfully submitted you will receive a confirmation e-mail. Please ensure the email address within your online application profile is the appropriate and correct email. 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 Office of Graduate Studies 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.

Contact Us

Office of Graduate Studies

Student Center - Suite E140
1200 16th St.
Golden, CO 80401