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Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering

Producing engineers capable of identifying, preventing, and solving building, construction, and environmental problems is the department’s objective. In addition to the well-established graduate programs in environmental, water resource, and geotechnical engineering, students in the department may also choose to study in the emerging field of geoenvironmental engineering. Campus facilities, including a National Science Foundation-funded earthquake simulator, permit a case-study approach, which exposes students to real-world problems and allows experimentation, testing, and analysis.

Areas of study within the civil engineering department are: building systems engineering, construction engineering and management, environmental engineering, geoenvironmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, civil systems engineering, engineering science, structural engineering, and hydrology, water resources and environmental fluid mechanics. Applicants interested in urban planning or transportation should contact the University of Colorado at Denver.

Degrees Offered:

Degree Details: 

Requirements for this master's degree can be fulfilled in two ways. Under Plan I, the candidate must complete 30 semester hours of course work-including six thesis hours. Under Plan IIa, one of the non-thesis options, 30 credit hours of course work are required - including a 3-credit independent study report. *Plan IIb, is a 30- hour coursework option with final exam. *Not available for some programs, please check department rules.

This degree requires a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate-level work (5000 level or above), the least 15 of which must be taken at this university. The doctoral dissertation, likewise, requires 30 semester hours. The applicant for this degree normally has completed a master's degree in civil engineering or a closely related field and must demonstrate the capability for both rigorous academic accomplishments and independent research.

Professional Master's Programs

The department offers two professional master's programs tailored for working engineers looking to develop a new skillset. Both of the programs are coursework based and result in a master's of engineering (MEng) degree, rather than a master of science. 

Admissions Requirements: 

1. Hold a baccalaureate degree from a college or university of recognized standing (or the equivalent), submit transcripts evidencing same.
2. Have adequate technical preparation to enter graduate study in CVEN.
3. Have an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 of higher.
4. GRE may be requested.
5. Provide four letters of recommendation from qualified referees.
6. Provide a statement of purpose describing your academic/career goals and interests. Please indicate if you already have external funding – government fellowships, corporate sponsorships, etc. – in your statement of purpose.

1. If participating in the Engineering for Developing Communities (EDC) certificate option, include in your statement of purpose:
a) How your previous experience (EWB, Peace Corps, professional, etc.) prepares you for the EDC program;
b) A description of language training you have received to prepare yourself for EDC-related activities and your level of fluency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in any language other than English;
c) State your clearly defined area of interest for graduate study in engineering for developing communities (i.e., water/sanitation/hygiene, energy, cook stoves, shelter, disaster relief, etc.); and,
d) An indication of how EDC will further your academic and professional ambitions
**EDC Certificate Program is unique within the Western region of the United States, and offers residents of eligible WICH-participating states a tuition benefit via the Western Regional Graduate Program. For more information about the WICHE WRGP, please visit Students who believe that they are eligible for this program should note this on the online application by marking the appropriate checkbox in the Background Information section of the online application – see the Supplemental Information section. The Tuition Classification division of the Office of the Registrar requires significant documentation is required to verify eligibility.

7. International applicants must provide TOEFL or IELTS scores if English is not their native language. This requirement is waived if the applicant has completed at least one year of full time study at an English speaking university, or at an institution in a country where English is the native language at the time they apply, and within two years from their desired admission term. Non-native English speakers only should provide certification of adequate spoken and written English. A TOEFL score greater than 600 (paper-based) or 100 (internet-based) or an IELTA score of 7 or above, is desired. Equivalently, 1+ years (evidenced by transcripts) of prior instruction at a U.S. university or at a university in a country with English as one of its official languages may suffice.

Please visit  department web page for additional information on graduate admission requirements, procedures, and individual areas of study.

Financial Support: 

All applicants that apply by January 15, 2016 and have submitted GRE scores, transcripts, and letters of recommendation by that date will be automatically considered for teaching assistantship and research assistantships. However, the process is extremely competitive and applying to or being admitted to the program does not guarantee support. 

Fall Domestic Application Deadline: 
Friday, January 15, 2016
Fall International Application Deadline: 
Friday, January 15, 2016
Spring Domestic Application Deadline: 
Thursday, October 1, 2015
Spring International Application Deadline: 
Thursday, October 1, 2015
Contact Information: 

University of Colorado Boulder
Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering
Engineering Center
Office Tower 449
428 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0428
Phone: 303-492-7316
Fax: 303-492-7317