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 2019 is now closed.  Applications for Spring 2020 for fully online Post-baccalaureate Certificate and Master of Science (non-thesis) degree programs, as well as residential and online Ph.D. degree programs are now welcomed.  Apply now!

Degrees and Certificates Offered

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate – online

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

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.) – residential or online

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 residential Ph.D. candidates. The online Ph.D. degree program is also available for special cases approved by the Space Resources Graduate Admissions Committee (please contact the Program Administrator to ask for eligibility).

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 with a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale
  • Resume or CV
  • Personal statement that explains reasons for pursuing a Space Resources certificate
  • Transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions
  • TOEFL score of 79 or higher or (550 or higher paper-based or 213 computer-based) for applicants whose native language is not English (requirement may be waived after interview with program representative).

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 (requirement may be waived after interview with program representative).

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

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* The Spring 2020 application process is now open!

  • Applications for the online Post-baccalaureate Certificate, online Master of Science (non-thesis) degree, and residential Ph.D. degree programs will begin to be evaluated on September 15.  While admission decisions will follow soon after this date, applications will continue to be accepted and evaluated until October 15. 
  • The online Ph.D. degree program is also available for special cases approved by the Space Resources Graduate Admissions Committee (please contact the Program Administrator to ask for eligibility).

* 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: Certificate, Master of Science (Non-Thesis), or Doctor of Philosophy
  • Term: Spring 2020
  • Specific area of interest or research focus: Any topic of space resources in which you are particularly interested (you can also leave this blank)

Costs & Payment Plans

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

  • Select “Academic Year 2018-2019 Online Tuition” for online Certificate, Master of Science (Non-Thesis), and Doctor of Philosophy degree programs. All students, regardless of their Colorado residency status (out-of-state or international students included) are charged the same tuition rate of $999 per credit hour for all online courses with no other additional fees.
  • Select “Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 Graduate Tuition and Fees” for residential Ph.D. students.
  • Payment for the courses will be due until Census Day (two weeks after start of classes) and payment plans are also available.

Contact Us

* For program questions, contact Program Director, Angel Abbud-Madrid at aabbudma@mines.edu or (303) 384-2300.