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University of Colorado Boulder

College of Engineering and Applied Science

Boulder, CO


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University of Colorado Boulder Graduate School Overview

Established in 1876, CU Boulder lies in the heart of the city and produces some of the best and brightest in these fields. University of Colorado Boulder’s talented faculty, students and alumni are leading the way for the next generation by inspiring inventive, humanitarian and social enterprises around Colorado, the U.S. and the world. 

CU Boulder is recognized as the #1 public university recipient of NASA research. There are 650 faculty and students involved in interdisciplinary bioscience research. CU Boulder is Top 3% worldwide for scholarly research citations and consists of 12 research institutes and 75 research centers.

There are currently over 5,700 graduate students from over 100 countries enrolled at CU Boulder Graduate School. As one of the nation’s top-ranked Tier 1 research institutions, CU Boulder Graduate School offers more than 190 graduate programs across seven colleges and schools. 

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Explanation of Key Facts at University of Colorado Boulder: College of Engineering and Applied Science

The students and faculty in the highly ranked College of Engineering and Applied Science advance the field of engineering by developing solutions that drive the economy, security and quality of life of our state and nation. 

With a strong emphasis on innovation and entrepreneurship, the College of Engineering and Applied Science prepares students to take leadership positions, start businesses, and design solutions to global problems. It is considered one of the top 20 public U.S. universities for engineering (U.S. News & World Report, 2019). 

There are 15+ local federal labs in partnership with CU Boulder and includes 20 National Academy of Engineering members. $97M in research awards was granted for FY 2018.

Majors and Degree Offerings at University of Colorado Boulder: College of Engineering & Applied Sciences

The College of Engineering & Applied Sciences offers students a full range of disciplines. These majors include:

Aerospace Engineering Services, Architectural Engineering, Biological Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Creative Technologies and Design, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Management, Environmental Engineering, Information and Communication Technology for Development, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Technology, Cybersecurity and Policy, and Technology, Media and Society. 

Further details about each discipline can be found. 

CU Boulder Graduate School has produced 5 Nobel Laureates, 9 MacArthur ‘genius grant’  fellows and has been ranked Top 15 public university for entrepreneurship (U.S. News & World Report, 2019). 

There are 850+ visiting international scholars and CU Boulder Graduate School is listed as Top 30 in the world in education (Academic Ranking of World Universities, 2018). CU Boulder Graduate School is one of only 34 public research universities in the Association of American Universities. The school is proud to have 51 Fulbright fellows since 2006 and 20 Rhodes scholars.

Admissions at CU Boulder Graduate School

Admission to CU Boulder Graduate School will be considered once all material is received, including letters of reference. Deadlines vary by program type and materials are due on their respective date at 10pm MST. Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, or have done work equivalent to that required for such a degree.

Applicants must show promise of ability to pursue advanced study and research, as judged by the student’s scholastic record and have adequate preparation to enter graduate study in the chosen field. Applicants should have at least a 2.75 (2.00=C) undergraduate grade point average. Applicants to programs in the College of Engineering and Applied Science must have a 3.00 (3.00=B) undergraduate grade point average.

Further information can be found on the CU Boulder Graduate School page.

CU Boulder Graduate School: Costs and Financial Aid

CU Boulder Graduate School offers fellowships, teaching and research assistantships, and training grants to eligible students. To learn more about financial assistance, contact the department to which you are applying.

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 568
Doctoral Degrees 131

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
applications accepted?

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 5.37%
Black or African American 0.73%
White or Caucasian 49%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.23%
Asian 3.72%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 2.34%
Unknown 1.84%


Male (72%)
Female (27%)


Total faculty
Full-time - 233
Part-time - 0
Male (180)
Female (53)


Focus of faculty research: Computer science; materials engineering; mechanical engineering; chemical engineering; civil engineering
Externally sponsored research expenditures last year:

Location & Contact

Address 3100 Marine Street
Boulder, CO  80309
United States

Phone: 303-492-1411
University of Colorado Boulder