When you apply to the PhD or MS program, the Admissions Committee relies on your completed application form, GRE scores, undergraduate GPA and official transcripts, as well as your statement of purpose and recommendations from individuals who have had an opportunity to observe your ability and performance.

Your GRE scores and GPA are considered in the context of the entire application. The quality of your undergraduate institution will be considered.

Your undergraduate degree must be in engineering, sciences, or mathematics from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, and should have included:

  • Undergraduate courses in calculus, linear algebra, and differential equations.
  • Two semesters of undergraduate calculus-based physics.
  • At least two semesters of upper-division undergraduate courses in engineering or physics.

Substantial consideration is accorded to special qualities such as your motivation, undergraduate program, diversity in economic, social, or cultural background, employment or other experience, leadership, and perseverance in overcoming personal handicaps or disadvantages. Graduate level work is also considered.

To be considered, the following items must be submitted.

  • Application
  • Application fee
  • Personal statement of academic and research interests
  • Unofficial Transcripts
    • Transcripts must be received from ALL post-secondary institutions attended (including community college courses, courses taken for college credit during high school, and study abroad coursework - even if this coursework shows as transfer credit on another transcript).
    • PhD preferred undergraduate GPA: 3.5. Please note that the Graduate School requires applicants to have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in order to be accepted on a nonprovisional basis.
    • MS preferred undergraduate GPA: 3.2. Please note that the Graduate School requires applicants to have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in order to be accepted on a nonprovisional basis.
  • GRE Scores
    • While there is no minimum requirement, applicants who wish to have the best chance of admission should have V-150, Q-155, W-3.5.
    • Professional MS applicants with three years of full-time professional work experience at the time of application may request to have the GRE requirement waived by emailing megrad@colorado.edu
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • TOEFL scores (if applicable)
    • Please use the main code 4841 for CU Boulder.
    • The minimum require score is 80, but a score of 90 or above is preferred, particularly for PhD applicants seeking a Teaching Assistant position.
  • IELTS scores (if applicable)
    • Please use the main code 4841 for CU Boulder.
    • The minimum required score is 6.5, but a score of 7.5 or above is preferred, particularly for PhD applicants seeking a Teaching Assistant position. 

Recognizing the challenges students are facing as a result of COVID-19 across the country, our department will continue to review applications for admission to the MS program for fall 2020 throughout the summer. If you are interested in applying for fall 2020 MS admission, please reach out to andrew.angely@colorado.edu for more information.

PhD Applicants

The Department of Mechanical Engineering accepts PhD applications for the fall term only. To receive full consideration, please submit all of your application items by the following deadlines. 

  • International Applicant Deadline: December 1, 2020
  • Domestic Applicant Deadline: December 15, 2020

Master's Applicants

MS applicants are welcome to apply for either a spring or fall start. Deadlines for each term are listed below.

Spring 2021

  • International Applicant Deadline: November 1, 2020
  • Domestic Applicant Deadline: November 1, 2020

Fall 2021

  • International Applicant Deadline: February 15, 2021
  • Domestic Applicant Deadline: February 15, 2021

Late applications will not be accepted, and the application fee is non-refundable.

Domestic PhD Applicants

There is a $60 application fee for all domestic applicants. However, the College of Engineering and Applied Science is allowing qualifying PhD applicants to waive their application fees until November 15, 2019. To receive a fee waiver, applicants must:

The waiver will be applied automatically to qualifying students in the application portal; no code is needed. The application fee will not be waived for applicants seeking a terminal master’s degree. Learn more.

International PhD Applicants

There is an $80 application fee for all international applicants. However, faculty can request waivers for specific international students applying to seek a PhD degree on a case-by-case basis. Faculty members wishing to request the waiver for a specific student should contact the department graduate program administrator (Name + Email) with the name and application number of the specific international student.

The application fee will not be waived for applicants seeking a terminal master’s degree.

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