Graduate Programs

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.

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The application process for Fall 2018 is now closed. The Space Resources Graduate Program will soon start accepting applications for admissions to the Spring 2019 semester.  Stay tuned …

Degrees and Certificates Offered

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate – Coming Soon!

Complete a total of 12 credit hours with 9 credit hours from Space Resources core courses (Space Resources Fundamentals, Space Systems Engineering, Space Resources Design I, and the Space Resources Seminar) and 3 credit hours of an elective course chosen from the five Technical Specialization Tracks.

Master of Science Degree (M.S. Non-Thesis) – Coming Soon!

Complete a total of 30 credit hours with all 15 credit hours of Space Resources core courses and 15 additional credit hours from elective courses chosen from the five Technical Specialization Tracks.

Doctorate (Ph.D.)

Students interested on pursuing research in space resources through a Ph.D. program are encouraged to apply.  The degree requires 36 credit hours of coursework, 36 credit hours of research, and a doctoral dissertation.  All Space Resources core courses and technical electives from the five Technical Specialization Tracks count toward the degree. Research assistantships may be available to qualified Ph.D. candidates. A minimum residency of two semesters on campus is required.

Admission Requirements

The minimum requirements for admission to the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate program in Space Resources are:

  • Baccalaureate degree in engineering, computer science, physical sciences, mathematics, or economics
  • Resume or CV
  • Personal statement that explains reasons for pursuing a Space Resources certificate
  • Transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions

The minimum requirements for admission to the Master of Science (non-thesis) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programs in Space Resources are:

  • Baccalaureate degree in engineering, computer science, physical sciences, mathematics, or economics with a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale
  • Resume or CV
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with Quantitative Reasoning section score of 160 or higher. For students coming from a business or economics background, a GMAT score of 650 or higher is acceptable.  Applicants from an engineering program at Mines are not required to submit GRE scores.
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions
  • Personal statement that explains reasons for pursuing a Space Resources degree
  • TOEFL score of 79 or higher or (550 or higher paper-based or 213 computer-based) for applicants whose native language is not English.

The Space Resources Graduate Admissions Committee may consider exceptional candidates who do not meet all the above requirements.

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The application process for Fall 2018 is now closed. The Space Resources Graduate Program will soon start accepting applications for admissions to the Spring 2019 semester …

In the meantime, feel free to let us know if you are interested in our program by filling out the Space Resources Interest Form.

If you have any questions on application requirements and procedures, please contact Program Administrator, Megan Steelman at msteelman@mines.edu. For program questions, contact Angel Abbud-Madrid at aabbudma@mines.edu or (303) 384-2300.