Graduate Program

Admission

The department reviews applications on a weekly basis for both Fall and Spring semesters. It is recommended for applicants to carefully review the website for the application deadline. Students seeking funding are strongly encouraged to submit the application before the Fall admission priority deadline.

Fall admission decisions with regard to funding are typically determined by mid-February. Accepted applicants are invited to campus for a Graduate Visit Day in late February to mid-March. Accepted students must complete their intent to enroll by April 15th. Details about funding, Graduate Visit Day and more will be communicated directly to accepted students.

Acceptance Requirements

The minimum requirements for acceptance are:

1) Quantitative GRE: 60th percentile and

2) Undergraduate GPA: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Note: achieving these levels does not guarantee acceptance into the MME program.

Prerequisites

The entering graduate student must have completed an undergraduate program equivalent to that required for the B.S. Degree in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Materials Science, or a related field. A background in science fundamentals and engineering principles is essential to being accepted and doing well in the graduate program. A student having the background, but not a particular prerequisite will be allowed to take these course deficiencies at the beginning of their program of study.

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  1. How extensive I should be in the application as a continuing student to pursue my PhD?
    • For current Mines’ students who are planning to apply for graduate school, the department does not require students to re-upload GRE scores, transcripts, recommendation. Students are more than welcome to upload their current resumes and statement of goals during the application process.
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Overview

The program of study for the Master or Doctor of Philosophy degree in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering is selected by the student with advice from his/her advisor and with approval of the thesis committee. There are three areas of specialization: physical and mechanical Metallurgy; physicochemical processing of materials; and ceramic engineering.

 

  • Master of Engineering in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
  • Master of Science in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Program Requirements

Master of Engineering
  1. A minimum of 24.0 credit hours of approved course work and 3.0 hours of either a three credit hour research based Independent Study (MTGN599) or a designated design course (minimum of 3 credit hours) and graduate seminar enrollment during duration of program (up to a maximum of 1 credit hour).
  2. The designated design courses include the following courses: MTGN414, MTGN445, MTGN450, MTGN461, MTGN464, MTGN466, MTGN475/477, MTGN549, MTGN564, MTGN560. Alternative courses can be substituted with approval from the advisor and department head.

Restrictions:

  1. Only three (3) credit hours of independent course work, e.g. MTGN599, may be applied toward the degree.
  2. A maximum of nine (9) credit hours of approved 400-level course work may be applied toward the degree.
  3. Courses taken to remove deficiencies may not be applied toward the degree.

The Master of Engineering Degree can also be obtained as part of the combined undergraduate/graduate degree program. See the Physics section of the Undergraduate Catalog for more details.

Master of Science

Requirements: A minimum total of 30.0 credit hours, consisting of:

  1. A minimum of 18.0 credit hours of approved course work and a minimum of 6.0 hours of graduate research-credits listed under MTGN707.
  2. Approval of all courses by the Thesis Committee and the Department Head. (Thesis Committee: consisting of 3 or more members, including the advisor and at least 1 additional member from the Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Department.)
  3. Submittal and successful oral defense of a thesis before a Thesis Committee. The thesis must present the results of original scientific research or development.

Restrictions:

  1. Only three (3) credit hours of independent course work, e.g. MTGN599, may be applied toward the degree.
  2. A maximum of nine (9) credit hours of approved 400-level course work may be applied toward the degree.
  3. Courses taken to remove deficiencies may not be applied toward the degree.

Doctor of Philosophy

Requirements: A minimum total of 72.0 credit hours consisting of:

  1. A┬áminimum of 36.0 credit hours of approved course work and a minimum of 24.0 hours of research-credits (MTGN707). Credit hours previously earned for a Master’s degree may be applied, subject to approval, toward the Doctoral degree provided that the Master’s degree was in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering or a similar field. At least 21.0 credit hours of approved course work must be taken at the Colorado School of Mines.
  2. All courses and any applicable Master’s degree credit-hours must be approved by the Thesis Committee and the Department Head (Thesis Committee consisting of: 5 or more members, including the advisor, at least 2 additional members from the Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Department, and at least 1 member from outside the Department.)
  3. Presentation of a Proposal on the Thesis-Research Project to the Thesis Committee.
  4. Passing grade on the written and oral Qualifying-Process (Q.P.) Examinations.
  5. Presentation of a Progress Report on their Research Project to the Thesis Committee; this presentation is usually 6 months after successfully completing the Q.P. Examinations and no fewer than 6 weeks before the Defense of Thesis.
  6. Submittal and successful oral-defense of a thesis before the Thesis Committee. The thesis must present the results of original scientific research or development.

Restrictions:

  1. Only six (6) credit hours of independent course work, e.g. MTGN599, may be applied toward the degree.
  2. A maximum of nine (9) credit hours of approved 400-level course work may be applied toward the degree.
  3. Courses taken to remove deficiencies may not be applied toward the degree.

Current Students

MME Graduate Student Guide 2017-2018
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Research Areas

  • Physical and mechanical metallurgy
  • Extractive metallurgy and recycling
  • Thin films
  • Welding and joining
  • Ceramics
  • Renewable energy
  • Nuclear materials
  • Fuel cells