Degree Options

Master of Science

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.

Doctor of Philosophy

The PhD requires 30 semester hours of coursework plus 30 hours of thesis credit. Ph.D. students are also required to successfully complete a preliminary exam, a comprehensive exam and a final dissertation defense.

Professional Master's Programs

The department offers several professional master's programs tailored for working engineers looking to develop a new skillset. The programs are coursework based and result in a Master of Science degree. 

Certificate Opportunities

The CEAE Department sponsors a non-credit Online Certificate in Tunneling. The only program of its kind in the nation, this two-year course of study is provided 100% online for working professionals. Learn more on the Boulder Connect website.

Both the Water Engineering & Management and Engineering for Developing Communities programs also offer certificate options. Water Engineering & Management is available to students on the Boulder campus and to distance learning students online through Boulder Connect website.