The Graduate School at CU Boulder has established minimum standards for admission. Qualified students may be recommended for admission to regular degree status by approved programs of the Graduate School provided they meet the following criteria.

Applicants must:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, or have done work equivalent to that required for such a degree.
  • Show promise of the ability to pursue advanced study and research, as judged by the student’s scholastic record.
  • Applicants to programs in the College of Engineering and Applied Science must have a 3.00 (3.00=B) undergraduate grade point average. Note: applicants who cannot meet this undergraduate standard may still secure regular admission if they have completed 9 semester hours of relevant graduate course work with at least a 3.25 grade point average.

Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering:

  • Students are admitted to a particular specialty area of study. These specialty areas are also known as disciplines, interdisciplinary areas, or subplans of the degree programs and are described on the CEAE website. Each specialty area within the Department may have its own set of additional requirements for admission, especially in defining the prerequisite undergraduate coursework.
  • If a student wishes to change a specialty area, the student must receive the written permission of the Graduate Committee.