Degree Requirements: MS MEE

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Degree Requirements: MS Mineral and Energy Economics

Two options are available for the MS degree: non-thesis and thesis. The non-thesis option requires 36 credit hours of graduate-level course work including core and elective courses. The thesis option requires a total of 36 credit hours consisting of 24 credit hours of graduate-level core and electives courses in addition to 12 credit hours of Master's-level thesis development. For both options two elective courses must be taken at the 600 level or above. Masters students are only admitted to a thesis-based program after one or two semesters of course work. To apply send a statement of intent to the program manager. The request will be reviewed by the admissions committee.

Non-thesis Option Course Work
15 credit hours of core courses (5 classes)
21 credit hours of electives (7 classes, 2 must be at the 600 level or above)

Thesis Option Course Work
15 credit hours of core courses (6 classes)
12 credit hours Master's-level thesis development/research credits
 9 credit hours of electives (2 classes at the 600 level or above)

Additional Program Option
Reciprocity Agreement with the University of Denver in Law and Economics Program. For more information click here.  

Prior to starting the program, students must complete the following, all with a grade of B or higher:

  1. A course in Principles of Microeconomics
  2. A course in Probability and Statistics
  3. One semester of college-level calculus.

Students will only be allowed to enter the program in the spring under exceptional circumstances as approved by the program director. Contact Dr. Ian Lange if you desire a spring admission.

Core Courses (15 credits Thesis & Non-Thesis)

All MS and PhD students in Mineral and Energy Economics are required to take a set of core courses that provide basic tools for the more advanced and specialized courses in the program.

EBGN 509 Mathematical Economics*
EBGN 510 Natural Resource Economics
EBGN 521 Microeconomics II
EBGN 590 Econometrics
EBGN Econometrics Elective**

**  A second econometrics course is required (available courses are EBGN594 or EBGN690)

Electives (21 credits Non-thesis or 6 credits Thesis)
Choose courses in consultation with your advisor. Some typical electives are listed below. You are free to mix across the lists, but your program of study must be approved by your advisor. Students should not assume that courses taken at Mines or other institutions will apply to their degree without consultation with their advisor. A minimum of two course must be at the 600 level.  

Applied Economics
EBGN 512 Macroeconomics
EBGN 530 Energy Economics
EBGN 535 Economics of Metal Industries & Markets
EBGN 570 Environmental Economics
EBGN 594 Time-series Econometrics
EBGN 610 Advanced Resource Economics
EBGN 611 Advanced Microeconomics
EBGN 632 Primary Fuels

EBGN 645 Computational Economics
EBGN 690 Advanced Econometrics


Quantitative Methods
EBGN 594 Time-series Econometrics
EBGN 645 Computational Economics
EBGN 655 Advanced Linear Programming
EBGN 657 Advanced Integer Programming
EBGN 690 Advanced Econometrics
EBGN 698 Stochastic Programming

Operations, Management and Finance
EBGN 504 Economic Eval. & Investment Decision Methods
EBGN 540 Accounting and Finance
EBGN 546 Investment and Portfolio Management
EBGN 553 Project Management
EBGN 555 Linear Programming
EBGN 560 Decision Analysis
EBGN 563 Management of Technology
EBGN 572 International Business Strategy
EBGN 575 Advanced Mining and Energy Valuation

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