Online Programs

Overview of Degrees and Certificates

Online graduate students join a community of scholars who are global leaders in their fields. Our graduates are in great demand by companies and government agencies around the world. Mines’ rigorous degree programs provide a technical education and students receive exposure and training in areas such as communication, leadership, teamwork and ethics.

Mines currently offers an online degree program in Space Resources and has several pending programs. Please note that pending programs have not been approved by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). 

Approved Programs

Space Resources - Certificate, M.S. non-thesis, Ph.D

The Space Resources graduate program is geared toward supporting professionals interested in expanding their knowledge and skills into the exploration and utilization of resources in space.  The program focuses on learning the core knowledge in this field and developing design practices in the identification, extraction, processing, and responsible use of available resources in the Solar System.

Visit the Space Resources website for more information on the program.

Pending Programs

Mining Engineering and Management - Pending HLC Accreditation

Mining Engineering and Management (PM-MEM) is a new degree program focused on the practical application of technical, financial, management, and other linked disciplines that make up the mining industry today. The PM-MEM takes two years to complete.  Each course is delivered over an 8-week period. Courses are taken sequentially and continuously throughout the two-year program duration. There is no break during the Summer semester. The independent project is done concurrently with the latter part of the program, resulting in program completion at the end of the two-year period.

Visit the Mining Engineering and Management website for more information on the program.

Computer Science Certificates - Pending HLC Accreditation

CS@Mines prepares tomorrow’s leaders to bring the computational power and thinking of computer science to all fields of engineering and science, as well as business, medicine and entertainment. CS@Mines will begin offering two new online certificate programs, Computer Science Professional and CyberSecurity. 

Visit the Computer Science website for more information about the CS@Mines program.

FEA Professional Graduate Certificate - Pending HLC Accreditation

FEA Professional is a fully-online graduate-level certificate program that teaches advanced skills in finite element analysis for structural and thermal applications. The program has been designed to train recent graduates or mid-career professionals with at least a BS in engineering, computer science, mathematics, or a physical science who are interested in career opportunities in design, product development, or applied research. The FEA Professional program leverages industry-leading software to empower students with the skills and experience to drive innovation in their chosen field. Our courses help students build a foundation of practical knowledge focused on key fundamentals of applied computational mechanics complemented by the ideal balance of theoretical background. The fundamentals learned here may be applied across a broad range of industries.

Visit the FEA Professional website for more information on the program.

Advanced and Smart Manufacturing Certificates - Pending HLC Accreditation

The Advanced Manufacturing program offers the Advanced Manufacturing Certificate (with a focus on additive manufacturing) and the Smart Manufacturing Certificate. The certificates are designed to be earned entirely online; however, local students have the option to attend some courses on campus, if it fits their schedule. 

Visit the Advanced Manufacturing website for more information on the program and the Program Options page for more information on these two certificates.

GIS/Geoinformatics - Pending HLC Accreditation

More information about this program coming soon! 

Data Center Engineering Certificate - Pending HLC Accreditation

More information about this program coming soon! 

Disability Support at Mines

All students – including those who are prospective or have applied and are awaiting admittance – who seek disability-related accommodations, modification of policies, or academic adjustments from Mines Disability Support Services (DSS), are urged to submit their Request for Reasonable Accommodations in time to coordinate with DSS to ensure individual, reasonable accessibility accommodations can be provided. Please note that review and acquisition or adaption of accessible materials may take several weeks (e.g. eight weeks), even with the expedited assistance of DSS. Please visit for request process and contact information.

Out of State Students

On March 6, 2018, the Colorado Department of Higher Education and NC-SARA approved Mines’ institutional membership into the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA).

This voluntary agreement among member states (except California) and U.S. territories (except Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands) establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance-education courses and programs. To learn more about SARA, please visit:

Complaint information can be found on the NC-SARA website.

International Regulations 

Many countries regulate the recognition of foreign degrees and credentials, and some foreign entities may not recognize Mines’ degree programs or online courses. Students are responsible for ensuring that any degree or course credit earned online from Mines will be recognized for the purposes of employment or other education programs.