Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP)

The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), promotes the sharing of higher education resources among the participating western states. Master’s, graduate certificate and Ph.D. students who are residents of a WICHE member state can enroll in more than 400 high-quality programs at 60 public institutions outside of their home state and pay a discounted non-resident tuition as part of the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP). WICHE states include: Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawai’i, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming, as well as the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and Guam. You can review the qualifying programs for Colorado School of Mines on our WICHE profile page or see them listed below.

Qualifying programs at Mines

*Students admitted to the programs marked with an asterisk below for Fall 2022 or Spring/Summer 2023 will be charged the resident rate through completion of their program.

  • Additive Manufacturing (Graduate Certificate)
  • Advanced Energy Systems, Non-Thesis (Master’s)
  • Advanced Manufacturing, Non-Thesis (Master’s)
  • Analytical Geochemistry (Graduate Certificate)
  • Analytical Geochemistry, Non-Thesis (Master’s)
  • Antennas and Radar Technology (Graduate Certificate)
  • Applied Mathematics & Statistics, Non-Thesis (Master’s)
  • Chemical Engineering, Non-Thesis (Master’s)
  • Chemistry, Non-Thesis (Master’s)
  • Civil & Environmental Engineering, Non-Thesis (Master’s)
  • Computer Science, Non-Thesis (Master’s) – including CS Bridge Program
  • Data Science for Signals and Systems (Graduate Certificate)
  • Data Science, Non-Thesis (Master’s)
  • Earth Resources Development Engineering* (Master’s)
  • Earth Resources Development Engineering* (Doctorate)
  • Electrical Engineering, Non-Thesis (Master’s)
  • Engineering and Technology Management, Non-Thesis (Master’s)
  • Environmental Engineering Science* (Master’s)
  • Environmental Engineering Science* (Doctorate)
  • Environmental Geochemistry, Non-Thesis (Master’s)
  • Geochemistry* (Doctorate)
  • Geochemistry* (Master’s)
  • Geological Engineering* (Master’s)
  • Geological Engineering* (Doctorate)
  • Geophysical Engineering, Non-Thesis (Master’s)
  • Geophysics, Non-Thesis (Master’s)
  • GIS and Geoinformatics (Graduate Certificate)
  • GIS and Geoinformatics, Non-Thesis (Master’s)
  • Humanitarian Engineering and Science (Graduate Certificate)
  • Humanitarian Engineering and Science, Non-Thesis (Master’s)
  • Hydrology* (Doctorate)
  • Hydrology* (Master’s)
  • Materials Science, Non-Thesis (Master’s)
  • Mechanical Engineering, Non-Thesis (Master’s)
  • Metallurgical & Materials Engineering, Non-Thesis (Master’s)
  • Mineral and Energy Economics* (Master’s)
  • Mineral and Energy Economics* (Doctorate)
  • Mineral Exploration, Non-Thesis (Master’s)
  • Mining Engineering* (Doctorate)
  • Mining Engineering* (Master’s)
  • Natural Resource and Energy Policy (Graduate Certificate)
  • Natural Resource and Energy Policy, Non-Thesis (Master’s)
  • Nuclear Engineering, Non-Thesis (Master’s)
  • Operations Research with Engineering, Non-Thesis (Master’s)
  • Petroleum Engineering* (Master’s)
  • Petroleum Engineering* (Doctorate)
  • Quantitative Biosciences & Engineering, Non-Thesis (Master’s)
  • Quantum Engineering (Graduate Certificate)
  • Quantum Engineering, Non-Thesis (Master’s)
  • Resource Commodity Analytics (Graduate Certificate)
  • RF & Microwave Engineering (Graduate Certificate)
  • Robotics (Graduate Certificate)
  • Robotics, Non-Thesis (Master’s)
  • Smart Manufacturing (Graduate Certificate)
  • Smart-Grid, Power Electronics, and Electrical Power Systems (Graduate Certificate)
  • Smart-Grid, Power Electronics, and Electrical Power Systems, Non-Thesis (Master’s)
  • Underground Construction & Tunneling* (Graduate Certificate)
  • Underground Construction & Tunneling* (Doctorate)
  • Underground Construction & Tunneling* (Master’s)


Qualifying States

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • North Dakota
  • Oregon
  • South Dakota
  • Utah
  • Washington
  • Wyoming

You may also qualify if you are from the following U.S. Territory/Commonwealth:

  • Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
  • Guam

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Reside in a WICHE state for at least nine consecutive months prior to the beginning of the first academic term of WRGP acceptance.
  2. Proof of a permanent address in the WICHE state.
  3. Payment of state income tax on wages earned in the WICHE state.
  4. Proof of eligibility can be demonstrated by submitting three of the following items:
    • Vehicle registration
    • Driver’s license
    • W2
    • State income tax return
    • Utility bill dated nine months ago

Future students can upload the the above materials within the online application or email to grad-admissions@mines.edu.

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