Welcome, prospective graduate students! The Paul M. Rady Department of Mechanical Engineering is thrilled that you have decided to learn more about our competitive academic programs, 48 interdisciplinary faculty, and high-impact research

The University of Colorado Boulder mechanical engineering graduate program is one of the top rated in the country. We ranked 20th in the 2018 U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools issue among public universities. 

Boulder is also home to research and development operations for many large companies, and four federal research labs: the National Center for Atmospheric Research, the National Institute for Standards and Technology, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

The graduate student community is comprised of 100+ MS students and 100+ PhD students who come to Boulder from across the USA, and as far away as Italy and Iran.

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As a prospective student, you have multiple program options to choose from, including a PhD, Master of Science Professional, Master of Science Thesis and Bachelor’s–Accelerated Master’s (BAM)

The PhD program will prepare you for a career in industry or academia. You do not need a Master's degree to be admitted to the PhD program. Many of our students enroll directly from their undergraduate institution.

Our Master's program offers two flexible options: thesis and non-thesis. Most students choose the non-thesis option, which is geared to working engineers interested in furthering their education and current undergraduates planning a career in industry.

Our Master's program offers two flexible options: thesis and non-thesis. If your future is in academia or research, you should select the thesis option.

The BAM degree program offers currently enrolled CU Boulder undergraduate students the opportunity to receive a bachelor’s and master’s degree in a shorter period of time.

Research Opportunities

In addition to a strong education, you will have the opportunity to conduct groundbreaking tier-one research. CU Boulder's Paul M. Rady Department of Mechanical Engineering is home to 48 faculty members conducting fundamental and applied research in: 

“CU can meet just about anyone's research desires. No matter what you're interested in there's probably an adviser doing something along those lines, or close enough to advise that specific subject.” - Jason Christopher, PhD student.

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