Master of Science in Mineral and Energy Economics


The Division of Economics & Business offers a graduate program leading to distinctive M.S. degrees in Mineral and Energy Economics. The Division's graduate program focuses on (1) the economic and business challenges of developing and managing energy and mineral resources; (2) the environmental and public policy issues associated with energy and mineral resources; and (3) the finance, management science and decision-making technologies that apply to a broad set of industry environments.


Why Mineral and Energy Economics at Mines?

In just the last five years, we have attracted students from over 35 countries and our alumni are known globally for their career achievements and qualifications. Our faculty's expertise and broad practical experience in these sectors are recognized worldwide creating an exciting and challenging learning environment in the Division.

Come to Mines to Specialize

The Mineral and Energy Economics degree at Mines allows you to specialize in Operations Research/Operations Management, Applied Economics or Finance.

- Operations Research/Operations Methods courses provide the student with increased competence in the key functional areas of business to meet the challenges of optimization and value creation in the competitive global mineral and energy industries. The student benefits from studying leading-edge business concepts and industry best practices through our unique real-world approach.

- Applied Economics courses teach students to analyze markets and public policies affecting mineral, energy and environmental issues. This field prepares the student for challenges in both the public and private sectors. Graduates are proficient in applying the primary tools of economic analysis such as benefit-cost, investment and market analysis of consumers and producers.

- The Finance courses emphasize investment decision making and sources and uses of funds to invest in mineral and energy markets.

Who is Eligible?

Colorado School of Mines in general, and the Mineral and Energy Economics program in particular, is known worldwide for the quality of its students. The program has attracted students from more than 25 countries. Students admitted to the program are chosen for their strong intellect, integrity, work ethic, and quantitative skills as demonstrated by their course work, GPA, and scores on either the GRE or the GMAT.

In addition, students must demonstrate a strong interest in energy, minerals, public policy, and/or related environmental and technological issues. These interests will be reflected in the letter of interest and previous involvement in these areas. The Division is also looking for strong leadership potential as shown by previous academic, personal, and employment successes.

The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) allows students who are residents of 15 surrounding western states to enroll on a resident tuition basis. The Mineral and Energy Economics program is an approved WICHE program. For additional information on WICHE see

Reciprocity Agreement with the University of Denver in Law and Economics

Students enrolled in the M.S. Mineral Economics Program at CSM or the Juris Doctorate Program (JD) in Law from the University of Denver may under the reciprocal agreement complete 6 approved credits at either school by enrolling for the courses at both Registrar Offices. PhD and JD students may have the opportunity to double count up to 12 credit hours towards both programs; see your advisor for more information. Applicants must apply to each program separately.


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