The University of Colorado Boulder mechanical engineering graduate program is ranked 18th by U.S. News & World Report, making it one of the top-ranked engineering graduate programs among public universities.


PhD students are required to complete 30 dissertation hours. The classes they take are tied to their selected focus area. All graduate students (PhD and MS students) are also supported with professional development programming through the Professional Development Program (PDP)


At CU Boulder, mechanical engineering PhD students have access to top experts in their fields and conduct research alongside faculty members doing both fundamental and applied research that harnesses state-of-the-art experimental, theoretical, and computational approaches to expand the frontiers of technology. 

PhD students will have the opportunity to conduct research in the following areas: 

Our faculty researchers and their research groups 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).