Applications Open: Humanitarian Engineering and Science Grad Program at the School of Mines

Use your STEM training to engage in community-focused development. Enroll in the Humanitarian Engineering and Science graduate program at the Colorado School of Mines.

Priority Application Deadline: March 1, 2024

Humanitarian Engineering and Science (HES) is an interdisciplinary, sociotechnical graduate program where student scientists and engineers work directly with communities to jointly define problems and create sustainable solutions.

The big challenges we face will not be solved by technology alone. They require a nuanced understanding of social systems and people.

The Humanitarian Engineering and Science graduate program at the Colorado School of Mines stands out in the growing field of humanitarian engineering by blending social science with STEM expertise. Students learn from social scientists, engineers, and applied scientists to gain a truly interdisciplinary understanding of applied humanitarian concepts.
Students can choose from five disciplinary tracks:

    • Data Science
    • Environmental Engineering
    • Geological Engineering
    • Geophysics
    • Robotics.

Students can also design a unique interdisciplinary specialty with the help of a faculty member.

Train for a Career with Impact

Mines has led the field of humanitarian engineering since establishing the country’s first undergraduate program in 2003. Program alumni have impactful careers in non-profits, government agencies, and the private sector. Meet three recent graduates and learn about their careers!

Students in the residential master’s program complete either a research-based thesis or a hands-on practicum with an external organization. A variety of options exist for financial support, including Humanitarian Engineering and Science Ambassador Scholarships for low-income students with unmet needs.

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Learn more about these and other opportunities by visiting our website or emailing

The priority application deadline to be considered for funding is March 1, 2024, though we encourage you to submit your application as soon as you are ready. Apply today.

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