Resource Commodity Analytics Certificate
About the Program
The Mines graduate certificate in Resource Commodity Analytics (RCA) is a four-course program that provides training in advanced quantitative and financial analysis applied to energy and mineral markets. The RCA certificate program takes the most quantitative aspects of our world-renowned graduate programs in Mineral and Energy Economics and Engineering and Technology Management to make an accelerated certificate. The program will serve professionals or recent graduates located in the Denver metro area who want to acquire new skills for career growth. This in-person program holds classes only on Mondays and Wednesdays in order to provide flexibility and opportunity for those who will remain employed locally or remotely, or are unable to complete a full Masters program. However, course credits are “stackable” in case students want to continue on to a Masters degree, or complete the certificate “on the way” to their Masters. Courses in the program focus on natural resource markets & regulation, data analysis & forecasting, and financial valuation. The course of study is flexible enough to be completed in one intensive semester or over four semesters depending on the student’s needs and interests.
An undergraduate degree in a business, science, technology, engineering, math, or social science discipline with some coursework or experience with quantitative analysis is usually required to be admitted to this program.
The RCA Program
The certificate in Resource Commodity Analytics involves 12 credit hours of course work. Students must take at least one of the two required courses and an additional nine credit hours either from the list of required courses and/or elective courses. Full-time students intending to complete the certificate in one semester must enter in the fall; part-time students can enter in the spring or fall. In order to apply, please go to Admissions. No GRE test scores or letters of recommendation are needed.
Each student must take at least one of these courses, and may take both, in combination with electives in order to meet the 12 credit certificate requirement.
- EBGN 510 Natural Resource Economics
- EBGN 590 Econometrics
Students may combine courses from the list below with those from the required course list in order to fulfill the 12 credit requirement. EBGN 599 Independent Study may satisfy no more than three credits of the certificate requirement. EBGN 540 Accounting and Finance requires consent of instructor.
- EBGN 504 Economic Evaluation and Investment Decision Methods
- EBGN 540 Accounting and Finance (with instructor approval)
- EBGN 547 Financial Risk Management
- EBGN 560 Decision Analysis
- EBGN 568 Advanced Project Analysis
- EBGN 594 Time Series Econometrics
- EBGN 632 Primary Fuels
- EBGN 645 Computational Economics
- EBGN 599 Independent Study
Q: Can I complete this certificate while working on another graduate degree?
Q: What is the cost of the program?
A: As a graduate certificate, the courses are standard Mines graduate courses and regular graduate tuition applies. Mines graduate tuition information is available at Cost of Attendance: Graduate Students – Financial Aid (mines.edu).
Q: Is the program available online or remotely?
A: This is an in-person program. Some electives are available online, but unfortunately we are not able to offer the full program online at this time. We hope to be able to do so in the future. Mines has lots of other great online graduate programs which you can find at Online Programs – Mines Online.
Q: Is it possible for international students to take the certificate?
Q: How long does it take to complete the program?
Q: Can I transfer into the Masters degree from the certificate program?
A: It is fairly easy to transfer into the Masters in Mineral and Energy Economics program as many of the courses overlap with the RCA certificate. You can read about that program here: https://econbus.mines.edu/mineral-energy-economics/.
Q: What are the courses like?
A: You can see the list of required courses and electives under “curriculum” here, as well as the admissions requirements: https://econbus.mines.edu/resource-commodity-analytics/. You can also read recent syllabi from those courses here: https://econbus.mines.edu/graduate-courses/
Q: How do I apply?
A: Information about the application process is available here: https://gradprograms.mines.edu/