ME in Computer Science

University of Colorado Boulder - Graduate Distance Education

Online Boulder, CO Public Regional Accreditation

Program at a Glance

Computer Science Computer Software Engineering Computer Programming
Yes 100% online
$835 Per credit hour for tuition
30 credit hours required for graduation
total estimated cost
Yes transfer credits accepted
No 100% flexible class times
weeks average course length
No minimum
min. completion time


Online Master of Engineering in Computer Science at the University of Colorado Boulder

The University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder) is the flagship campus of the University of Colorado system and is globally recognized for its world-class research and a faculty that includes numerous Nobel Prize laureates. An innovator and leader in the distance education field for more than 45 years, CU-Boulder connects students to its campus from anywhere in the world anytime through its distance education delivery platform.

The distance education platform gives students access to a variety of graduate programs, including master's degrees, certificates, and individual courses, allowing CU Boulder online distance education students to earn the same degrees and have the same resources as on-campus students. 

Master of Engineering (ME) in Computer Science program overview

"US News and World Report" ranks the Computer Science program at CU Boulder 40th overall and 22nd among public graduate programs (2017). It is one of the leading departments in the nation, as measured by the prominence of its research programs and the placement of its students. The program has research groups in human-computer interaction, machine learning, numerical and parallel computation, databases, networks, software engineering, systems, and theoretical computer science.

Computer Science faculty, staff, and students are engaged in cutting edge research projects that address some of the most important challenges facing society today. From harnessing the power of big data to modeling climate change to understanding the role of social media, advances in computer science today will change the world tomorrow.

Focus areas and dual degree option

Areas of study include Data Science, Human-Centered Computing, Intelligent Systems, Numerical Computation, Robotics, and Software Systems and Cloud Computing.

Computer Science Curriculum

Students must complete a total of 30 credit hours that meet the following criteria:

  • At least 18 credit hours of Computer Science courses at the 5000 level or above are required. CSCI 6800 (Master of Engineering Project) cannot be counted towards these 6 Computer Science courses.
  • The breadth requirement must be satisfied, but only in three Computer Science areas rather than four.
  • 12 credit hours of courses at the 4000 level or above are allowed. They can be from any department in the College of Engineering as long as they have "significant Computer Science content." However, the course must be taught by a member of the graduate faculty, and the course must be pre-approved by petition to the Graduate Committee.
  • The Master's Degree Plan Approval form must be submitted.

Course delivery

All students have automatic access to online course lectures (streaming or downloading) beginning the first day until the last day of the semester. Recorded lectures are uploaded to the portal within 24 hours after the lecture has been taught on campus. Students have the option to participate live from a distance in the real-time classroom experience and/or view the lectures asynchronously as it fits their schedule.

Library Courses, those that have been recorded in previous semesters, are available to take for academic credit with the instructor's approval.

World-class faculty

CU Boulder faculty includes five Nobel laureates (four in physics and one in chemistry), eight MacArthur "Genius Grant" fellows, two US Professors of the Year and four National Medal of Science winners. CU Boulder faculty members contributed valuable data to the international climate change report that shared in the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

The Department of Computer Science's award-winning faculty members are committed to advancing research, education, and practice in the field.

Financial assistance

CU Boulder offers a variety of financial assistance options for online distance graduate students. These include loans, grants, military and company tuition assistance programs.

Distance Education: Computer Science

The flexible, track-based Computer Science curriculum allows students to select specific coursework to meet their individual interests while preparing graduates for careers across a broad range of areas. The program awards the ME in Computer Science degree.

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Prerequisites & Transfer Credits

Minimum GPA

Out of 4.0

Standardized Tests


requiredfor admission

Transfer Credits Accepted?



Services, Schedule, Reputation, Instructors and Student Info

Services Offered

Online Office Hours
Online Chat
Mobile App
Social Discussion Forums
On-Campus Graduation Ceremony
Digital Textbooks
Online Management of Coursework


100% Online Yes
Minimum Completion Time No minimum
Class Times Both
Average Course Length N/A


  • School Type:
  • School Accreditation:
    Regional Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
  • Program Accreditation:

Instructors & Students

  • Instructors:
    Teach both online and on-campus
  • Students:
    Students worldwide


Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    $835 per credit hour
  • Required for Completion
    30 credit hours
  • Total Estimated Cost

Location & Contact

Student Contact

Rajshree Shrestha 303-492 6361
Graduate Distance Education

Head of Distance Learning

Jennifer Schufer Director, Communication Marketing 303-492 2832 Jennifer.Schufer@Colorado.EDU
Graduate Distance Education Boulder CO 80309


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