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 February 1st for Fall or September 1st for Spring is $70 payable by credit card. Applicants submitting their
applications after September 1st for Spring will be charged the full application fee of $95.

APPLICATIONS ARE REVIEWED WITH UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS AND TEST SCORES.
Applications with all required documentation (complete applications) will be processed first.

Unofficial documents should be uploaded at the time of application. You should upload your documents via the links
under the Degree Seeking Uploads in your online application. These must be in .pdf format at 300 dpi. Minimized
images will not be accepted. Please do not mail unofficial hard copies of uploaded documents.

If for some reason you are not able to upload a required document or you have updates after submission, please e-mail
them to grad.credentials@mines.edu

Test for English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL, IELTS or Pearson) - Required for International Applicants

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

Internet score sheets (screen shots) will be accepted for review. Your name must appear in the screen shot.
Please upload this to your application in the upload area. THESE ARE CONSIDERED UNOFFICIAL.

GRE Examination - Required of all Applicants

www.ets.org/gre

Exceptions:

Applicants applying to the department of Economics and Business can submit GMAT scores in lieu of the GRE.
Scores:

Please check http://mines.edu/graduate_academic and search for the program you are interested in, to see if the
Department of interest has score requirement information listed.
Institution code 4073 should be used when requesting official GRE score reports from ETS.
Internet score sheets (screen shots) will be accepted for review. Your name must appear in the screen shot.
Please upload this to your application in the upload area. THESE ARE CONSIDERED UNOFFICIAL.

Three (3) Letters of Recommendation

These can be submitted through our electronic application system or emailed to grad.credentials@mines.edu .
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 applying.

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.

Transcript(s)

Minimized transcripts, altered transcripts, or transcripts that do not contain the name of the university may be refused.

Please upload your unofficial transcripts for the review process. If you are accepted into graduate school at Mines and
choose to attend, you are required to submit official transcripts with verification of degree(s) awarded. If you list a college
or university, even in the “non-degree” area, you are required to upload a transcript.

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. (Unless they are non-degree)
3) Transcripts are considered unofficial if there are pending grades.
4) International transcripts are considered unofficial if there is not a certified and stamped legal English translation.

Resume

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
application packet.

International Student Financial Statement

This package is required after you have received your official acceptance letter. Important Note: Your package must
be complete according to the instructions on your Financial Statement of Support form. If documents are missing, it will
not be sent to the International Office.

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. We MUST receive this before we
process your acceptance of admittance.

Sending Official Credentials

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

These can be sent:

By mail: Colorado School of Mines
Office of Graduate Studies
1500 Illinois Street
Golden, CO USA 80401

By email: grad.credentials@mines.edu
Note: Credentials to any other email address will not be accepted.
These must be in .pdf format at 300 dpi. They cannot be minimized. These must be sent from the university
in order to be official.

Unofficial documents should be uploaded at the time of application. You should upload your documents via the links
under the Degree Seeking Uploads in your online application. These must be in .pdf format at 300 dpi. Minimized
images will not be accepted.

Again, if you are not able to upload a required document or you have updates after submission, please e-mail them to
grad.credentials@mines.edu . You will need to check your online application for application status questions. For all other
questions, please e-mail grad-app@mines.edu .