Welcome, prospective master's students! We hope you'll consider joining our community of mechanical engineers at Paul M. Rady Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Connect with Us! We invite you to attend one of our upcoming virtual events, which we continually update. If you would like to meet with a current student in our program, please email us with that request at megrad@colorado.edu.

With a mechanical engineering graduate program ranked 16th 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.

If you are interested in conducting research during your time at CU Boulder, be sure to check out our Research Overview Slides. This resources will help you get to know our faculty members and their unique capabilities and areas of expertise. 

We invite you to visit the University of CO Boulder virtually or in person by signing up for a campus tour!

Research Overview Slides

Our Community

Our graduate community is truly special. You will join a multicultural graduate program that includes faculty, staff, and students from all over the world. Our faculty, staff, and student leaders will frequently advertise community events and professional development activities to support you and your unique experience. You will also have access to seminars, colloquia, and workshops delivered by notable engineering leaders in education, research, and industry.

Our graduate program leadership is committed to cultivating an environment of respect and belonging. We actively partner with our graduate student-led organizations, including the Committee for Equity in Mechanical Engineering (CEME), our K-12 outreach student organizers, and the Graduate Engineering Annual Research and Recruitment Symposium (GEARRS) committee. If you join us in Boulder, we hope that you will particiate in of these groups; they are a great way to make lifelong friends and to contribute to our graduate program's unique and supportive culture.

The Right Master's Program for You

As a prospective MS student, you have multiple programs from which to choose:

Our master's program offers two flexible options: the MS Professional and MS Thesis. Most students interested in earning a master's degree choose the MS Professional, a program that emphasizes project-based and curriculum-driven learning geared toward working engineers interested in furthering their education or current undergraduates planning a career in industry. The MS Professional offers exciting opportunities for a wide range of prospective students from diverse backgrounds.

Our master's program offers two flexible options: the MS Professional and MS Thesis. If your future is in academia, research or the public sector, you should select the thesis option. The MS Thesis Program is intended for MS students interested in a short-term research experience, leading to the preparation and defense of a research-based thesis.

Bachelor's–Accelerated Master's (BAM) offers currently enrolled CU Boulder undergraduate students the opportunity to receive a BS and MS degree in a shorter period of time. This program has replaced our previous joint BS/MS degree program.

Our Dual Degree Mechanical Engineering & Engineering Management program allows students to pursue further education in engineering management in addition to a mechanical engineering degree. Students in the MS Professional Program may apply for a dual degree in Engineering Management. This program is intended for students seeking a strong education in both technical and fundamental topics as well as the unique skills required to be a successful leader in industry and the public sector.

Either degree-seeking or non-degree-seeking students can enroll in four-course certificate programs offered by our department. These certificates indicate expertise in a focused topic area and are intended primarily for continuing education and non-traditional students, though they can also be pursued as a supplement to the MS or PhD programs. The department currently offers a certificate in Biomedical Engineering, designed to train next-generation professional engineers to interface engineering and medicine with design and problem solving to improve human health. Additional certificate options are in development.