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.

As a student, you will receive a strong education and conduct groundbreaking tier-one research. We have 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.

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.

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.

"My favorite thing about CU Boulder is having the opportunity to work in one of the four national labs in the area. It is an excellent experience that allows me to work with state of the art equipment in one of the best cleanrooms and learn under some of the brightest physicists and engineers in their fields." -Kristen Genter, PhD student.

Where do our students end up? Here are just a handful of employers from recent Master’s and PhD graduates:

  • ConocoPhilips
  • Ford
  • Google
  • NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Nike
  • Sandia National Laboratories
  • Seagate

What Do We Offer?

As a prospective student, you have multiple program options to choose from, including:

Which Program is for Me?

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. If your future is in academia or research, you should select the thesis option.

The BS/MS program is for current CU Boulder undergraduate students who would like to move directly into a Master’s program, and it gives you the chance to earn a Master’s degree in less time than a standalone program would ordinarily take.