Prospective Students

We are excited about your interest in the Colorado School of Mines Materials Science Program! Pursuing graduate education is a very meaningful and important process.

The interdisciplinary Materials Science program at Colorado School of Mines is a collaboration of the departments of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Chemistry and Geochemistry, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, and Physics. The range of disciplines supports Materials Science degrees. The Program Director, Dr. Ryan O’Hayre, manages the overall and day-to-day operation of the Materials Science program. He can be reached at

Accepted thesis-based Master of Science and Doctoral students are provided funding through teaching (TA) and research (RA) assistantships. These typically cover tuition, fees and a monthly stipend for one academic year, the majority of which are awarded in the fall. The academic departments award funding and make assistantship appointments in conjunction with funding and the admissions review process. For more information about the graduate application process, email

Detailed admission statistics of the Materials Science Program and to apply can be found on the Mines Graduate Admissions page.

Admissions Updates

  • We are no longer accepting funded PhD and Thesis-based Master’s applications for fall 2017.

Domestic Students

  • Offers for PhD and Thesis-based Master’s are made between January and April.  All applicants will be notified of their admission decision by May 1.
  • Applications are still being accepted for non-thesis, non-thesis dual degree and self-funded PhD programs. Deadline for consideration is July 1. Spring 2018 application deadline is November 1.

International Students

  • The deadline for consideration has passed for fall. Spring 2018 application deadline is October 1.