With a mechanical engineering graduate program ranked 18th among public university peers by U.S. News & World Report, our MS programs are some of the top-ranked in the nation. Students pursuing an MS in mechanical engineering complete one of the following programs, with options to meet career goals in research and academia or industry:

To find out which program is the right fit for you, please visit the MS admissions webpage

Research Opportunities

Many of our MS students also conduct research, though it is not a requirement of every program. For those who choose the MS Thesis, they may pursue research in air quality, biomedical engineering, material science and engineering, mechanics of materials, micro/nanoscale, robotics and systems design, or thermo fluid sciences. Boulder is also home to a variety of well-known companies and labs doing research and development. Our faculty researchers and their research groups, for example, often collaborate with scientists at federal research labs including National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

Be sure to check out our Research Overview Slides for a quick look at faculty members and their unique capabilities and areas of expertise. 

Research Overview Slides

Professional Development Program

All graduate students (MS and PhD students) are also supported with professional development programming through the Professional Development Program (PDP)