Online Graduate Admissions Packet

Welcome to Colorado School of Mines!

We are pleased you will be taking online graduate courses at the Colorado School of Mines. We congratulate you for all of your hard work that has led to your enrollment and we look forward to you joining the Mines community and helping us all to strengthen our values. Together we are a student-centered institution focused on education that promotes collaboration, integrity, perseverance, creativity, life-long learning, and a responsibility for developing a better world.

Important Steps

Step 1: Access Mines Systems

Account Claim

Online students will need to claim their account before accessing the registration/grading/billing system (Trailhead), student email and the online learning environment (Canvas). Instructions for claiming your account are on the CCIT Account Claim page.  Once you claim your account, you will be granted access to Trailhead, Student Email, and Canvas

University Identification

Online students are required to upload their credentials (e.g., government issued ID) to confirm the identification. For your convenience, Mines accepts electronic submissions. Please follow the directions on the BlastCard Photo Upload page to submit your photo and credentials. Please note that you will not receive a physical card from the BlasterCard office. 


For your online classes, you will be using the Canvas Learning Management System. To discover more about your online learning environment and how to access it, visit the Understand the Learning Environment page.


Step 2: Verify Your Address (30 Days Prior to the Start of the Semester)

In order to offer online programs and courses in every state (except California), Mines is required to adhere to the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) . This agreement requires fully online students attending Mines to verify their state of residence every semester.  

You will receive an email 30 days prior to the start of the semester prompting you to login into Trailhead to verify your address. Please note that you won’t be able to verify until 30 days before the start of the upcoming term.

When you login you will be prompted to follow these steps:  

  1. Update your Emergency Alert phone number and emergency contact first, if prompted.  
  2. Update your address by selecting “Edit/Add Address”, if needed.
  3. Make your updates and then select “Modify Address” to save your changes.
  4. Select “Verify Address” to verify your address. You will see a message confirming that you’ve verified your address.
  5. After verifying, please allow one business day for the hold in Trailhead to be removed from your account.

Please be advised that if you don’t verify your address before the start of the term, access to your upcoming courses in Canvas will be restricted. For assistance, please reach out the Registrar’s office at

Step 3: Enroll in the Guide to Online Learning

Guide to Online Learning

You also have access to a self-paced course called the Guide to Online Learning which was designed to familiarize you with the online learning environment, Canvas.

Step 4: Register for Classes

You will receive an email from your program when its time to register for classes. Once you have that information, please visit the registration page for more information on how to register for courses being offered each semester. 

Step 5: Pay Tuition

Tuition and fee payments are due on the first business day following Census Day. There is a 5 business day grace period for payment. Therefore, any payment not received by the close of business on the last day of the grace period will be assessed a late fee. Information about tuition and fees may be found on the Bursar’s Online Only Students page. All students must accept the Student Financial Responsibility Agreement each semester they are enrolled.

Additional Information

Financial Aid

Visit Financial Aid for information on deadlines, steps for applying, and types of financial aid. Non-degree seeking students are not eligible for financial aid.

Services and Support

Student Services and Support

For advising, other services, and support for online students, visit the Services and Support page.

Technical Assistance

For assistance with technical issues, visit the Technical Support page.

Policies and Complaints

Student policies can be found on the Mines website. Student can report a complaint, specific or general, about their experience at Mines, by visiting the Student Complaint page.

Students are responsible for ensuring compliance with all applicable Mines policies, including but not limited to the Mines Honor Code, the Academic Integrity Policy, and the Information Technology Appropriate Use Policy.  Additionally, some Mines online courses will involve real-time video discussions with the faculty presenters and other members of the class.  Any student participating in such a real-time video discussion is responsible for ensuring that his or her webcam usage will not violate Mines policies or the privacy of any individuals present in the student’s environment.

Program Information

Additional program information can found on Degrees and Certificates page.