Welcome, prospective graduate students! We hope you'll consider joining our community of mechanical engineers at Paul M. Rady Department of Mechanical Engineering. Apply now!
With a mechanical engineering graduate program ranked 18th among public university peers by U.S. News & World Report, our program is one of the top-ranked in the nation. We offer paths to customize your degree in support of your unique interests and career goals, a variety of specialty courses taught by experts in the field, entrepreneurship resources and events like New Venture Challenge, and opportunities for high-impact research in air quality, biomedical, materials, mechanics of materials, micro/nanoscale, robotics and systems design, and thermo fluid sciences.
As part of our graduate student community, you will join MS and PhD students who come to Boulder from across the world. You will have the opportunity to participate in community gatherings organized by graduate students and department-organized networking and mentorship events to support students and in their unique experiences.
We make it our mission to establish an environment of respect and inclusive excellence where high-quality instruction, project-based learning and cutting-edge research are leveraged to educate and nurture the next generation of socially conscious, deeply knowledgeable engineers, scientists and problem-solvers.
Finding the Right Program for You
As a prospective graduate student, you have multiple programs from which to choose:
Regardless of the program you choose, you will also have access to seminars, colloquia and workshops delivered by notable engineering leaders in education, research and industry through the Professional Development Program (PDP). These seminars will allow you to grow in knowledge, network with professionals and peers beyond the classroom and lab, and gain exposure to diverse styles of research presentation in support of your future career.
Tier-One Research Opportunities
As a mechanical engineering graduate student at CU Boulder, you will have the opportunity to conduct groundbreaking tier-one research. Paul M. Rady Department of Mechanical Engineering is home to over 60 faculty members conducting both fundamental and applied research in the following areas:
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).
GEARRS for Admitted Students
Every spring, Paul M. Rady Department of Mechanical Engineering holds the Graduate Engineering Annual Research & Recruitiment Symposium GEARRS for admitted graduate students, a great way to get to know our researchers and staff as well as the Boulder campus. If you are admitted, we invite you to visit the GEARRS website to learn more about this event.