Interdisciplinary Humanitarian Engineering and Science M.S.

The interdisciplinary Humanitarian Engineering and Science track allows students to create their own STEM specialization within the Humanitarian Engineering and Science program.

An interdisciplinary Humanitarian Engineering and Science M.S. allows students more flexibility if the other HES tracks do not align with their background and interests while maintaining the standards for graduate performance. Students and their advisor will work together to choose courses from a variety of departments, as detailed in “required courses” below.

Application Requirements
  • Degree candidates should have an undergraduate degree or equivalent coursework that fulfills the pre-requisites for the graduate courses they seek to take, as found in the Mines graduate catalog.
  • Statement of purpose, updated curriculum vitae or resume and transcripts for post-secondary degrees are required for all students.
  • Three letters of recommendation are required for students pursuing the MS thesis option.
  • Non-native English speakers must meet one of the following minimum requirements: TOEFL iBT score of 79; TOEFL paper-based test score of 550; TOEFL computer-based test score of 213; IELTS score of 6.5 or have received a prior degree from an English-speaking university.
  • Mines undergraduate students may count up to six credits from their undergraduate program toward a combined BS/MS degree. External applicants may substitute approved electives with courses brought from elsewhere with written permission from the HES program director.
Required Courses

Core Required Engineering, Design and Society courses

  • EDNS 577: Engineering and Sustainable Community Development (3 credits)
  • EDNS 479: Community-Based Research (3 credits)
  • EDNS 580: HES Capstone Practicum (3 credits) — only required for non-thesis/professional master’s degree
  • EDNS 590: Risks in Humanitarian Engineering and Science (3 credits)
  • One elective, such as Introduction to Engineering & Society.

Working with their advisor, students in this track choose an additional 15 credits that best match their intellectual interests. As with our other tracks, at least 12 of those credits are required to be engineering or applied science courses.

Students seeking this track must identify their desired focus area when applying. Upon matriculation, they will identify possible courses and work with their advisor to ensure that they meet the associated pre-requisites and that the courses are offered on an appropriate timetable according to their anticipated graduation date.

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