A thesis is not required to earn a Master's degree in mechanical engineering from CU Boulder, but is recommended if you are interested in pursuing a career in research or academia. As a student, you will choose from one of the following focus areas for your education and thesis:
If you plan to earn a Master's degree and then immediately continue on to a PhD, you can apply directly to our PhD program. It is not necessary to earn your Master's separately.
You must complete 30 graduate-level credits at the 5000 level or higher and obtain a minimum of a C (2.0) in each class for the course to count toward your degree. PhD students must receive a B- (2.7) or higher in each course. You must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher in order to be in good standing with the Graduate School. At least 21 credits must be in Mechanical Engineering and up to 9 credits can be taken outside of the department.
Beginning in Spring 2017, Master of Science Thesis students must complete the following requirements to obtain the MS degree:
You must secure a thesis advisor within the first semester. A list of recommended courses will be provided for each focus area. You should consult with your thesis advisor for course selection recommendations. Exception: If you are a PhD student and wish to earn a master’s degree while obtaining your PhD, you may complete the MS program without writing a thesis.
For information on tuition, visit the Bursar's Office site, click on the tuition and fees PDFs listed under the graduate heading, and review the 'Engineering' category.