GIS & Geoinformatics Programs

We offer a non-thesis engineering master’s degree in GIS and Geoinformatics and four graduate certificates.   The courses taken for graduate certificate degrees may be applied toward the master’s degree. 
Additional questions may be directed to email:  gis@mines.edu

Master of Engineering Degree (Non-Thesis)

The Master of Engineering (Non-Thesis) Program is an ON-LINE program.  It may be completed by individuals holding undergraduate degrees in earth science.  Students require 30 credit hours.   The program comprises the following courses. There are three required courses which include a graduate project.  Students may select seven of the elective courses.

Any of the four GIS & GeoInformatics graduate certificates may be applied to this Master of Engineering program.   Undergraduate students at Colorado School of Mines may apply for a combined degree program (also known as the ‘4+1’ program) for which specific courses may be counted towards both the undergraduate and Master’s Degree.

There are no Geology&Geological Engineering Department scholarships for this program.  Students needing financial support may consider applying separately to professional organization, government, or company scholarships.  A limited selection of scholarships are listed for reference and should be applied to separately from the Colorado School of Mines application.

 

Core Requirements, GIS Master of Engineering Degree

Course No.Course TitleCreditsOn-Line TimeframeAlternative
GEGN575Applications in Geographic Information Systems (GIS)3Fall 1st Half Semester
SYGN588GIS-Based Real World Learning Project 1 - Fundamentals3Spring 1st Half Semester
SYGN590GIS-Based Real World Learning Project 2 - Advanced Applications3Spring 2nd Half Semester

 

Elective Course Selection

Course No.Course TitleCreditsOn-line Timeframe Alternative
DSCI403Introduction to Data Science3Fall or Spring, 1st Half Semester
GEOL557Earth Resource Data Science I - Fundamentals3Fall 2nd Half Semester
GEOL558Earth Resource Data Science 2 - Applications & Machine Learning3Spring 1st Half Semester
CEEN501Life Cycle Assessment3Fall or Spring, 1st Half Semesteror CEEN581 in person spring semester course
DSCI530Statistical Methods 13Fall or Spring, 2nd Half Semesteror GEGN532 in person spring semester course
GEGN580Applied Remote Sensing for Geoengineering and Geosciences3Spring 2nd Half Semester
GEGN588Advanced Topics in Geographic Information Systems3Spring 2nd Half Semester
GEGN542Advanced Terrain Analysis3Fall 2nd Half Semester
MNGN498Mine Closure and Reclamation3Spring Full Semester on campusor MNGN598A in person fall semester course

Scholarship Opportunities

Selected Independent Scholarships for Master’s Degrees in GIS

OrganizationLinkApplication DeadlineComment
SRK www.srk.com/en/student-programsJune 30Company Sponsored Scholarship
AIPG William Siok Graduate Scholarshipwww.aipg.org/page/graduatescholarshipFebruary 1American Institute of Professional Geologists
ASPRS GIS Scholarshipwww.asprs.org/awards-and-scholarships/francis-h-moffitt-memorial-scholarship.htmlNov 15American Society of Photogrammetry & Remote Sensing
GIS Coloradowww.giscolorado.org/resources/scholarships/ May 20GIS Colorado
Great College Dealswww.greatcollegedeals.net/scholarships/VariousSeveral Scholarships
AIG American Geosciences Institute www.americangeosciences.org/scholarships/wallacescholarship/Feb 6Female Graduate Students
AWG Association for Women Geoscientistsawg.org/AwardsVariousSeveral Scholarships
AGI American Geosciences Institutewww.americangeosciences.org/workforce/agi-scholarship-advancing-diversity-geoscience-professionFeb 13
SEG Society of Economic Geologistswww.segweb.org/SEG/Students/SEG/_Students/Graduate_Student_Fellowship.aspxFeb 1
SIPES Foundation, Society of Independent Professional Earth Scientistssipes.org/sipes-foundation/sipes-foundation-scholarship/June 15
AAUW Selected Professions Fellowshipswww.aauw.org/resources/programs/fellowships-grants/current-opportunities/selected-professions-fellowships/Dec 1Women
AFA Air Force Associationwww.afa.org/publications-news/news/2020-12-02/afa-now-accepting-scholarship-applicationsApril 30USA Veterans, Captain Jodi Callahan Scholarship

Combined Undergraduate / Graduate Program

Students enrolled in Colorado School of Mines may combine undergraduate and graduate programs if  registration is uninterrupted  from the time the student earns their undergraduate degree to the time the student begins the graduate program.  Also referred to as the ‘4+1’ program for undergraduate students, the combined program allows that up to six credit hours may be double-counted in fulfilling the requirements of the undergraduate degree and also counting towards the Master’s Degree program.

Any courses that count toward the graduate degree requirements,  required or elective coursework,  may be used for the purposes of double-counting at the discretion of the advisor. These courses must have been passed with a B- or better and meet all other university, department, division, and program requirements for graduate credit.

Graduate Certificates

The graduate certificate programs in GIS and GeoInformatics may be completed by individuals already holding an undergraduate or advanced degree or as a combined degree program by individuals already matriculated as undergraduate students at Colorado School of Mines. The program comprises 12.0 credit hours. Up to three credit hours can be at the 300 or 400 level; the remainder should be at the 500 or 600 level.

Geospatial Information Technology

Students working toward a graduate certificate of GIS and GeoInformatics with specialization in geospatial information technology are required to take one core class and any three of the following elective courses.

 

Core Requirements GIT and Geohazard (GH) Graduate Certificates

Course No.Course TitleCreditsOn-Line TimeframeAlternative
GEGN575Applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS)3Fall 1st Half Semester

 

Elective Course Selection

Course No.Course TitleCreditsOn-Line TimeframeAlternative
GEGN580Applied Remote Sensing for Geoengineering and Geosciences3Spring 2nd Half Semester
GEGN588Advanced Topics Geographic Information Systems3Spring 2nd Half Semester
GEOL557Earth Resource Data Science I - Fundamentals3Fall 2nd Half Semester
GEOL558Earth Resource Data Science 2 - Applications & ML3Spring 1st Half Semester
DSCI403Introduction to Data Science3Fall or Spring, 1st Half Semester
CEEN501Life Cycle Assessment3Fall or Spring, 1st Half Semester
MNGN498Mine Closure and Reclamation3Spring Full Semester in personor MNGN598A in person Fall semester
Geohazards Evaluation

Students working toward a graduate certificate of GIS and GeoInformatics with specialization in geohazards evaluation are required to take 1 core course and any three of the elective courses.  

 

Core Requirements GIT and Geohazard (GH) Graduate Certificates

Course No.Course TitleCreditsOn-Line TimeframeAlternative
GEGN575Applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS)3Fall 1st Half Semester

 

Elective Course Selection

Course No.Course TitleCreditsOn-Line TimeframeAlternative
GEGN580Applied Remote Sensing for Geoengineering and Geosciences3Spring 2nd Half Semester
GEGN588Advanced Topics Geographic Information Systems3Spring 2nd Half Semester
GEOL557Earth Resource Data Science I - Fundamentals3Fall 2nd Half Semester
GEOL558Earth Resource Data Science 2 - Applications & ML3Spring 1st Half Semester
DSCI530Statistical Methods 13Fall or Spring, 2nd Half Semesteror GEGN532 Spring full semester in person
CEEN501Life Cycle Assessment3Fall or Spring, 1st Half Semesteror CEEN581 Spring full semester in person
Environmental Studies

Students working toward a graduate certificate of GIS and GeoInformatics with specialization in environmental studies should plan to attend campus in person for spring term.  Two core courses are required and students may select any two of the elective courses. 

 

Core Requirements Environmental Studies (ES) Graduate Certificate

Course No.Course TitleCreditsOn-Line TimeframeAlternative
GEGN575Applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS)3Fall 1st Half Semester
CEEN501Life Cycle Assessment3Fall or Spring, 1st Half Semesteror CEEN581 Spring Full Semester in person

 

Elective Course Selection

Course No.Course TitleCreditsOn-line TimeframeAlternative
GEGN580Applied Remote Sensing for Geoengineering and Geosciences3Spring 2nd Half Semester
GEGN588Advanced Topics Geographic Information Systems3Spring 2nd Half Semester
GEOL557Earth Resource Data Science I - Fundamentals3Fall 2nd Half Semester
GEOL558Earth Resource Data Science 2 - Applications & ML3Spring 1st Half Semester
DCSI403Introduction to Data Science3Fall or Spring, 1st half Semester
DSCI530Statistical Methods 13Fall or Spring, 2nd Half Semesteror GEGN532 Spring Full semester in person
Natural Resources Assessment

Students working toward a graduate certificate of GIS and GeoInformatics with specialization in natural resource studies are required to take two core courses, and may select any two of the elective courses.

 

Core Requirements Natural Resources (NR) Graduate Certificate

Course No.Course TitleCreditsOn-line TimeframeAlternative
GEGN575Applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS)3Fall 1st Half Semester

 

Elective Course Selection

Course No.Course TitleCreditsOn-line TimeframeAlternative
GEGN580Applied Remote Sensing for Geoengineering and Geosciences3Spring 2nd Half Semester
GEGN588Advanced Topics Geographic Information Systems3Spring 2nd Half Semester
GEOL557Earth Resource Data Science I - Fundamentals3Fall 2nd Half Semester
GEOL558Earth Resource Data Science 2 - Applications & ML3Spring 1st Half Semester
DCSI403Introduction to Data Science3Fall or Spring 1st Half Semester
DSCI530Statistical Methods 13Fall or Spring, 2nd Half Semesterof GEGN532 Spring full semester in person
MNGN498Mine Closure and Reclamation3Spring Full Semester in personor MNGN598A Fall Full Semester in person