Application Instructions – International Applicants
Application for Admission
A non-refundable application fee is required of all applicants. The current discounted fee for applications submitted online
by March 1st for Fall or September 1st for Spring is $70 payable by credit card. Applicants submitting their applications
after these deadlines will be charged the full application fee of $95.
Test for English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL, IELTS or Pearson) - Required for International Applicants
We do not accept screen shots from the ETS website.
Exceptions (Exam is waived):
1) Your country of citizenship’s primary language is English
2) You have completed a university degree program in an English speaking country within the last two (2) years.
NOTE: Test score totals that do not meet the following minimums will not be accepted. Tests must also have been
taken within the previous 2 years of your entry term.
TOEFL - (internet based) 79 or (paper based) 550
IELTS - 6.5
PEARSON - 59
GRE Examination - Required of all Applicants
Applicants applying to the department of Economics and Business can submit GMAT scores in lieu of the GRE.
You should obtain the best score possible. The higher your score, the more competitive your application can become.
Institution code 4073 should be used when requesting official GRE and TOEFL score reports from ETS.
Internet score sheets (screen shots) may not be accepted. A photocopy of your original score sheet can be
submitted and used for your review (firstname.lastname@example.org). THESE ARE CONSIDERED UNOFFICIAL.
Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
These can be submitted through our electronic application system or emailed to email@example.com.
Letters of recommendation that are submitted via email will only be accepted if they are sent directly from the
recommender (No exceptions).
Letters of recommendation should be solicited from sources knowledgeable of your academic and professional
capabilities. They should also describe your qualifications for the specific degree program into which you are
One Official Transcript
Minimized transcripts, altered transcripts, or transcripts that do not contain the name of the university may be refused.
Please upload or email your unofficial transcripts for the review process. If you are accepted and choose to earn your
degree here the official transcripts and verification of degree(s) awarded is required.
1) Transcripts are considered unofficial if they are not in a sealed envelope from the University.
2) Transcripts are considered unofficial if there is no verification of degree awarded.
3) International transcripts are considered unofficial if there is not a certified and stamped legal translation.
Statement of Goals
This Statement is used to introduce oneself to the Graduate Admissions Committee. It should be brief (1 to 2 pages),
address professional and personal goals, any possible deficiencies in your transcripts or exam scores, research interests
(if you are applying for a thesis-based program), as well as your reasons for choosing Colorado School of Mines.
Your resume should contain a comprehensive list of your education, professional experience, publications, special
projects, etc. Important Note: Special trainings, publications, projects, internships, etc. should be included in your
resume. Certificates (athletic, special trainings, internships etc.), published papers, etc. will not be included in your
International Student Financial Statement
This package is required after you have received your official decision letter. Important Note: Your package must be
complete according to the instructions on your Financial Statement of Support form. If documents are missing or
photocopies are sent, it will be considered ‘Unofficial’.
Visa paperwork will not be processed until this package has been received. You can download the form at:
http://mines.edu/Intl_GS or through ‘Downloadable Forms’ in the online application.
APPLICATIONS ARE REVIEWED WITH UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS AND TEST SCORES.
If you are accepted into the program the official credentials must be received by the Graduate Office before you can
register for classes.
Unofficial credentials can be submitted:
Colorado School of Mines
Office of Graduate Studies
1500 Illinois Street
Golden, CO USA 80401
Note: Credentials to any other email address will not be accepted.
These must be in .pdf format at 300 dpi. They cannot be minimized.
You can upload your credentials via the links under Degree Seeking Uploads in your online
application. These must be in .pdf format at 300 dpi. Minimized images will not be accepted.