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College of Engineering and Applied Science

Boulder, CO


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University of Colorado Boulder


University of Colorado at Boulder Features Award-winning College of Engineering and Applied Science Graduate School

The University of Colorado at Boulder (CU-Boulder) is home to the prestigious College of Engineering and Applied Science graduate school where students create leading-edge innovations and inventions that solve real-world problems. Graduate students pursue Master's and Ph.D. degrees in eight specialties including: Aerospace Engineering Sciences; Chemical Engineering; Civil Engineering; Computer Science; Electrical Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; Interdisciplinary Telecommunications; and Engineering Management. A Master of Engineering degree, rather than an M.S. degree, is available for distance-learning graduate students who want a course-work-only program or prefer a more customized degree program (for example, adding business courses) instead of choosing one of the eight specialties.Nestled in the foothills of the majestic Rocky Mountains, CU-Boulder enjoys a spectacular natural setting. Boulder, Colorado is a youthful and stimulating college town that draws one-third of its 100,000 population from the students, faculty and support staff of the university. The centerpiece of downtown Boulder is the beautifully landscaped, tree-lined Pearl Street Mall, a pedestrian mall with distinctive shops, boutiques, ethnic eateries and outdoor sculptures.Boulder County is an outdoor enthusiast's dream come true. Thanks to the city's ambitious preservation plan, Boulder, Colorado is surrounded by 54,000 acres of protected parks and open space with hundreds of miles of trails for jogging, biking and hiking. A short distance away, the foothills of the Rockies beckon with challenging hiking trails and rock climbing adventures on sheer rock faces. When the urge for big-city fun and entertainment strikes, graduate students enjoy being just 30 miles northwest of cosmopolitan Denver.

Graduate Students and Faculty Work at CU-Boulder's State-of-the-Art Research Facilities

The Engineering Center at CU-Boulder has 530,000 square feet of classrooms, computing facilities, faculty offices, and state-of-the-art research facilities. The center is home to the nation's largest geotechnical centrifuge, ion-implantation and microwave-propagation facilities, several clean rooms, low-turbulence wind tunnels, spectrometers, electron and other microscopes, and a structural analysis facility. The distinguished, award-winning faculty represents many of the world's leading thinkers in their field and regularly publishes and presents their ground-breaking research at international conferences.What kind of research does a graduate student at CU-Boulder's College of Engineering and Applied Science's conduct at the university's research facilities? For instance, doctoral candidates in Aerospace Engineering are working on a National Science Foundation project that focuses on developing avionic systems for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Collaborating with research faculty, they are developing safeguards such as a wing de-icing system to help small aircraft safely fly and collect data in extreme environments like Alaska.A research powerhouse, CU-Boulder benefits from hundreds of millions of dollars in annual research funding. A nationally-ranked graduate school, the College of Engineering and Applied Science enjoys substantial research grants from NASA and the National Science Foundation. Graduate students at the College of Engineering and Applied Science are trained by esteemed faculty at the departments' 17 cutting-edge interdisciplinary research facilities including Center for Combustion and Environmental Research, Center for Aerospace Structures, BioServe Space Technologies, Membrane Applied Science and Technology Center, Fast Hybrid Test Facility, Computer and Communications Security Research and Education Center, and Colorado Center for Biorefining and Biofuels.

CU-Boulder's Graduate Programs in Engineering and Applied Science Provide Nationally Respected Engineering Degrees

CU-Boulder's College of Engineering and Applied Science presents graduate programs in engineering in eight specialty areas. The Chemical and Biological Engineering degree focuses primarily on graduate research in biochemical engineering, functional materials and renewable energy. The Civil Engineering degree reflects course work and research in environmental, water resource, geotechnical engineering and geoenvironmental engineering. One of the country's premier graduate programs in engineering, Aerospace Engineering Sciences prepares students for leadership positions in the design, testing and operation of complex aerospace and related systems. The Electrical and Computer Engineering degree focuses on biomedical engineering, communications and signal processing, computer and software engineering, dynamics, robotics and controls, to name a few.Graduate programs in engineering also include an M.S., M.E. or Ph.D. degree in Computer Science which focuses on human-computer interaction, artificial intelligence, programming, databases and software engineering. One of the interdisciplinary graduate programs in engineering, the Electrical and Computer Engineering degree prepares students for careers involving technical innovation and leadership in industry, research labs and academia and covers areas of study from air quality to microsystems to simulation-based mechanical engineering sciences. One of the top graduate programs in engineering, Interdisciplinary Telecommunications gives students the opportunity to study wireless technology, network security, networking, telephony, and telecom business strategy, regulation and policy. Offered on-campus and through distance learning, the Master's of Engineering degree helps develop in-depth managerial and entrepreneurial skills specific to engineering and the applied sciences. The M.E. degree is specifically designed for students seeking career advancement and new management opportunities in their field.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Juris Doctor/Master of Science (JD/MS)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Master of Engineering (ME)
Master of Business Administration/Master of Science (MBA/MS)
Master of Science (MS)

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 534
Doctoral Degrees 122

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? No
Evening/weekend programs available? No
Distance learning programs available? No
Terminal master's degree available? Yes

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirement
Doctoral Degrees Thesis Required


Acceptance Rate



Application Fee - Domestic
Application Fee - International
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Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Master's Degree Requirements Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit: FAFSA
Types of financial support available Research Assistantships
Teaching Assistantships
Health Care Benefits
Institutionally-sponsored Loans
Scholarship and/or loans
Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

Total Graduate Students
International Breakout (representing other countries)


Hispanic/Latino 4.39%
Black or African American 0.99%
White or Caucasian 46%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.25%
Asian 3.8%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.05%
Two or more races 2.57%
Unknown 3.9%


Male (72%)
Female (27%)


Total faculty
Full-time - 218
Part-time - 0
Male (172)
Female (46)


Focus of faculty research: Chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer science, materials engineering, mechanical engineering
Externally sponsored research expenditures last year:

Location & Contact

Address Boulder, CO  80309
United States

Phone: 303-492-1411