Master's students may apply to transfer to the PhD program during their second year at CU Boulder. However, you must fulfill the following requirements and submit the following documents:


  • Be a student in our traditional, research-based master's program. Professional Master's Program students interested in this option should petition and receive prior approval by the Graduate Committee before applying.
  • Must have completed at least one year within our ECEE-MS program and have a GPA of at least 3.5 in the program.
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 in both undergrad and MS degree.
  • Strong letter of support including funding plan from an ECEE faculty member.


Please email the following to the graduate advisor at

  • Letter of support that includes a funding plan, from a sponsoring ECEE faculty member
  • Copy of transcripts for undergraduate degree and MS degree
  • Statement of purpose
  • Resume with research and publication details
  • Two more letters of recommendation

The Graduate Committee will review the application and make its decision on a case-by-case basis.

The deadline to submit is Dec. 15, annually. All applicants will be evaluated alongside all prospective PhD applicants for the next fall admissions cycle.