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 Spring and Fall 2019 application process for the residential Ph.D. program is open, while the one for the Spring 2019 fully online Post-baccalaureate Certificate and online M.S. and Ph.D. degree programs is coming soon. Keep an eye on our website!

Degrees and Certificates Offered

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate (online) – 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 online) – 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. A limited number of Research Assistantships may be available to qualified Ph.D. candidates.

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.

Apply Now

The application process for Fall 2018 is now closed. The Spring and Fall 2019 application process for the residential Ph.D. program is open, with October 1, 2018 and February 15, 2019 as submission deadlines, respectively.  The application process for the Spring 2019 fully online Post-baccalaureate Certificate and online M.S. and Ph.D. degree programs is coming soon.

First, complete our Space Resources Program Interest Form to let us know you are interested on applying. Then, learn about the application process, and, finally, complete an online application. When filling out the application, make sure to select the following options under the “Degree Seeking Educational Information” section:

  • College: Inter-College Programs (interdisciplinary)
  • Academic Interest: Space Resources
  • Program: Space Resources
  • Degree: Doctor of Philosophy
  • Term: Spring 2019 or Fall 2019
  • Specific area of interest or research focus: Any topic of space resources in which you are particularly interested (you can also leave this blank)

For information on tuition rates, fees, and financial aid visit the Graduate Admissions site or contact us with your questions (see contact information below).

If interested in the fully online Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, online Master of Science (non-thesis), or online Ph.D. programs please submit your information and we will let you know as soon as the application process opens.  Keep checking our website for updates!

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