Mining Engineering & Management
Online at Colorado School of Mines

Mining Engineering & Management
Online at Colorado School of Mines


Given the extraordinary circumstances of 2020, GRE scores are optional for most non-thesis and certificate program applicants for the fall 2021 term. This includes applicants for the online Mining Engineering and Management program.

Program Overview

This program is focused on the practical application of technical, financial, management and other linked disciplines that make up the mining industry today. It was developed on the premise that in addition to technical capacity, future mining industry leaders will need to:

  • Identify and mitigate mining-related risks and elect when to make decisions with uncertain and incomplete information.
  • Incorporate best practices and invest in new mining technologies that will bring the highest benefits.
  • Communicate, work and lead teams to solve complex problems requiring many domains of expertise.
  • Build effective reciprocal relationships with local communities.
  • Integrate social, environmental, health, safety, security and life-of-mine considerations into sustainable decisions for the mining industry.
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#1 mining school
in the world

salary potential

$91,160 median
income for mining
engineers, 2019


Mines rates #2
Return on Investment,
Money Magazine, 2018

Requirements and Costs

Admission into the MP-MEM program requires an undergraduate degree in some discipline of engineering and at least five years of experience in the mining sector.  The program will build on the student’s existing mining and engineering knowledge and broaden their perspectives regarding current and future mining best practices.  This will better prepare them for career advancement including roles in senior management with critical financial responsibility as well as technical leadership and innovation.

Specific requirements for admission into the program include:

  • A degree in some field of engineering. Admission verification will require one (1) official copy of transcripts from all universities/colleges you have attended to verify your engineering degree.
  • A Statement of purpose letter. This letter introduces you to the Graduate Admissions Review Committee and presents your professional and personal goals and why you believe the Colorado School of Mines is the best place for you to achieve those goals.
  • Verification of mining sector experience. A letter from your current or former employer(s) verifying at least five (5) years of professional employment in the mining sector is required.
  • Letters of recommendation. Three (3) letters of recommendation from sources knowledgeable of your academic and professional capabilities must be submitted directly to Mines through the online application system or by email to
  • Evidence of mastery of English. Results of a TOEFL (or equivalent) examination is required if English is not your native language. Please refer to the Graduate Admissions page for details.
  • A current resumé. Your resumé should explain the nature, extent and duration of your relevant work experience in the mining sector.

Note that a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required for admission into the MP-MEM program.


The MP-MEM comprises 12 courses and one independent project for a total of 33 credit hours. The duration of each course is 8 weeks, and courses are taken sequentially over a two-year period. The independent project is done concurrently with the latter courses of the program. Students will take each course in the prescribed sequence as this allows the faculty member responsible for each course to be available to students through scheduled office hours throughout the 8-week course delivery. Skipping courses or taking courses out of sequence is not allowed.


Per Semester
  • Employer contributions are routinely applied to cover a portion of this cost.>
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  • Fees for students enrolled in Mines Online programs or courses are included in the cost of tuition ($999 per credit hour).

More information about tuition and fees

Career Outcomes


  • Field engineer operation supervisor
  • Geological engineer
  • Mining safety engineer
  • Mining engineer
  • Operations engineer


Online Student Resources

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Academic Support

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Student Services

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Support & Connections

Online student organizations, alumni connections, Dean of Students and more

Degree Options

Professional Master’s Non-Thesis

  • Mining Engineering and Management


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