Published: April 25, 2023

The University of Colorado Boulder has one of the top 10 public engineering graduate programs in the U.S., according to U.S. News and World Report’s Best Graduate Schools rankings for 2023-24. 

When compared with peer public universities, the College of Engineering and Applied Science’s graduate program was ranked No. 10, tied with the University of Maryland, College Park. The two schools were No. 19 overall, when compared to both public and private universities.

Dean Keith Molenaar said the college’s climb from No. 20 public in 2016 to No. 10 public in 2024 represents a commitment to leading large-scale interdisciplinary research that generates fundamental knowledge and translates to positive impact on society. 

“It’s really a reflection of the talented graduate students and faculty in CU Engineering,” he added. “I’m so proud that all of their research and teaching efforts are being recognized, and we look forward to continuing to build a graduate student community where those with diverse backgrounds and research interests feel like they belong.”

In the engineering specialty rankings, four CU Engineering degree programs were also in the top 10, with an additional three in the top 20 amongst public institutions: 

 Also ranked were biomedical engineering (No. 22), biological engineering (No. 25), electrical engineering (No. 21) and materials science and engineering (No. 32). 

“It’s wonderful to see all the hard work of our graduate students and faculty being recognized by the steady climb of the college in the rankings,” said Charles Musgrave, associate dean for graduate programs in CU Engineering. “I’m excited to see what our students accomplish as we continue to grow and diversify our graduate programs and attract even more talented students and faculty who are passionate about pushing the boundaries of engineering.”

As of fall 2022, more than 2,500 students were pursuing master’s and doctoral degrees in engineering and applied science at CU Boulder.