The Colorado School of Mines, located next to the Rocky Mountain foothills, is the only university offering a Masters of International Political Economy of Resources (MIPER). This unique degree, situated in the Liberal Arts & International Studies (LAIS) Division, offers engineers, physical scientists and social scientists skills in quantitative and qualitative analysis and specialized knowledge on issues related to the global political economy, natural resources, and energy policy.  In small discussion-focused classes, your will work closely with faculty specializing in natural resource and energy policies related to minerals, fossil fuels, nuclear power, and renewable energy.  Faculty have regional expertise in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Russia/Eurasia, as well as in U.S. policy-making.  With our focus on multidisciplinary study, you will work with engineering, science, and economics and business faculty and graduate students across the renowned Colorado School of Mines campus.  Some students choose to get a minor in other areas, such as mineral and energy economics or mining.  In addition, MIPER students have held competitive internships with organizations as diverse as the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Congressional Research Service, and Newmont Mining.

Our diverse student population will enrich your educational experience. While many students enter MIPER immediately after their undergraduate programs, others have significant work experience in finance, business, law, politics, the military, and other areas. The program is designed to be completed in 3 to 4 semesters, allowing military officers and other continuing professionals to quickly return to their careers.  Your classmates will be from countries around the world, offering unique perspectives to discussions.  MIPER graduates have come from Afghanistan, Brazil, China, Colombia, Gabon, Indonesia, Italy, Kenya, Mongolia, Nigeria, Peru, Portugal, Russia, and Taiwan, as well as from across the U.S.

Natural resources, whether used for energy, industrial applications, or basic human needs, are a driving force in the global political economy.  The knowledge and skills you gain in the MIPER program prepare you to become a critical leader in your profession and community.

MIPER students... 

  • Apply key theories and concepts from the social sciences and humanities–political science, sociology, economics, anthropology, history, and  communications–to better understand the role of the world’s natural resources in politics, economic development, and globalization.
  • Develop critical thinking skills by analyzing case studies that demand interdisciplinary attention to politics, economics, history, and culture.
  • Improve communication skills in formal writing assignments, classroom discussions and presentations.
  • Build their professional network by making important contacts with colleagues from a variety of disciplines, careers, and countries, and engaging with students and faculty in applied sciences and engineering at the Colorado School of Mines.



Congratulations to our 2014 graduates: Luis Camacho, Kyle Crosby, Jeffrey Holbrook, Nate Mauger, Santiago Robles, Matthew Shafer

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