MS in Master Of Science Degree With An Emphasis In Engineering For Developing Communities

University of Colorado Boulder - Graduate Distance Education

Online Boulder, CO Public ACCREDITED

Program at a Glance

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


Online ME in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in Engineering for Developing Communities

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.

CU Boulder offers both an online master's degree and graduate certificate options in water engineering and management. These programs provide the convenience and flexibility that working professionals and others need to learn new skills, increase their marketability and achieve their career goals in the water profession.

Online ME in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in Engineering for Developing Communities

With a master's degree in engineering for developing communities, you can help sustain communities worldwide. The Mortenson Center in Engineering for Developing Communities (MCEDC) trains engineers to work in partnership with people from developing communities worldwide to create sustainable solutions to meet basic needs.

This program merges the skillset and knowledge of engineering with the humanistic perspective of people in developing communities. UC Boulder offers its students the opportunity to specialize in an area of their choice, including: energy, environmental health, construction, engineering management or policy.

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. Some of the EDC courses are not available online at this time and must be completed on campus.

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 

Engineering for Developing Communities faculty are esteemed engineers with knowledge that expands beyond the theoretical and includes real-world experience in developing communities.

Dr. Amadei is Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder. Dr. Amadei is co-director of the Mortenson Center in Engineering for Developing Communities at CU Boulder and holds the Mortenson Endowed Chair in Global Engineering. He is also the Founding President of Engineers Without Borders - USA and the co-founder of the Engineers Without Borders-International network. Among other distinctions, Dr. Amadei is the 2007 co-recipient of the Heinz Award for the Environment; the recipient of the 2008 ENR Award of Excellence, the 2015 OPAL Award from ASCE and the 2015 Washington Award; an elected member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering; and a senior Ashoka Fellow. He holds five Honorary Doctoral Degrees (UMass Lowell, Caroll College, Clarkson, Drexel, and WPI). In 2013 and 2014, Dr. Amadei served as a Science Envoy to Pakistan and Nepal for the U.S. Department of State.

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.

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Prerequisites & Transfer Credits

Minimum GPA

Out of 4.0

Standardized Tests


requiredfor admission

Transfer Credits Accepted?


Credits must be from from a four-year college or university of recognized standing.

Additional Admission Requirements



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 No
Minimum Completion Time No minimum
Class Times Both
Average Course Length 16 Weeks


  • 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
  • Required for Completion
    30 credit hours
  • Total Estimated Cost
  • In-State/Province: $1050
  • Out-of-State/Province: $1350
  • International: $1350

Location & Contact

Student Contact

Graduate Distance Education

Head of Distance Learning

Lawrence Stephen Director 303-492-6331
Graduate Distance Education Graduate School - Program Development 1111 Engineering Drive, ECOT 126 Boulder CO 80309-0435


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