Applications for fall 2022 are open!

Applications should be completed online through the Graduate School website. Apply here for fall 2022. 

Opportunity for Underrepresented Students

The Colorado Advantage Graduate Preview Weekend gives underrepresented students a change to visit campus, meet faculty, and preview doctoral programs in science, math, and engineering departments at CU-Boulder. 

A. General Admission Information

  • Requests for information about the MSE program should be addressed to mse@colorado.edu.
  • Please review the grad school's admissions website. It includes comprehensive information on the process: https://www.colorado.edu/graduateschool/admissions/prepare-apply
  • Those interested in pursuing a Ph.D. must apply to and be admitted directly to the Ph.D. program. An M.S. degree is not required to apply to the Ph.D. program.
  • PhD applications are only considered for fall admission. MS applications are considered for both fall and spring.
  • International students should thoroughly review the graduate school's webpages on country-specific requirements and English language proficiency requirements. MSE is included under the grad school's category of all others in Minimum Scores Required chart for English proficiency (second link in this bullet).

B. Admission Requirements Specific to the MSE Program

  • The MSE graduate program encourages applications from prospective students with undergraduate degrees in science, engineering, or related disciplines including but not limited to MSE, physics, chemistry, computer science, biology, biochemistry, and all engineering disciplines. The program is flexible and encourages those with non-traditional backgrounds to apply. However, in general we expect a minimum of two years of calculus/differential equations as well as basic courses in physics and chemistry in order to maximize applicants’ chances for success in terms of both admission and completion of the program. A customized plan to address any deficiencies will be assembled with your advisor as appropriate.

Deadlines 

Fall Deadline: December 15th 

Spring Deadline: September 1st (MS only, PhD applications not considered for spring)

Eligibility

Applicants must:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, or have done work equivalent to that required for such a degree.
  • Show promise and ability to pursue advanced study and research as evidenced by the student's scholastic record.
  • Have adequate preparation to enter graduate study in the chosen field.
  • Have at least a 3.0 undergraduate grade point average. Note: applicants who cannot meet this undergraduate standard may still secure regular admissions if they have completed 9 semester hours (3 courses) of relevant graduate course work with at least a 3.25 grade point average overall.

Application Requirements

CU Boulder Graduate School Application Requirements can be found on the Graduate School website here. These include English proficiency requirements (as appropriate), unofficial transcripts from all post-secondary educational institutions, resume/CV, among other things.

GRE: CU Boulder MSE will continue its temporary pause on requiring the GRE for the 2022 application season. GRE scores will not be required or reviewed for MS or PhD applications.

Application requirements specific to the MSE program:

ALL DEGREE PROGRAMS

Three letters of reference

Applications are considered complete with three letters of reference/recommendation. Letters of recommendation help the Graduate Admissions Committee learn more about the qualifications and experiences of prospective students. Applicants should choose recommenders that can help relay a holistic view of the applicant’s experiences and skills. Many students elect to have former professors, supervisors, or industry colleagues submit letters on their behalf. It is strongly recommended that a PhD applicant include at least one academic reference.

Professional MS

Statement of Purpose/Personal Statement

Please describe in 1-2 pages your past work in Materials Science and allied fields, as well as your plans for the future. You way include academics, non-coursework educational experiences, relevant employment, professional experience, or other related activities. Please address your reasons for choosing CU Boulder Materials Science & Engineering, and how the Professional MS will help you achieve your career goals.

PhD

Statement of Purpose/Personal Statement

Please describe in 1-2 pages your past work in Materials Science and allied fields, as well as your plans for the future. You way include academics, non-coursework educational experiences, teaching, relevant employment, completed and in-progress research, publications, and other scholarly activities. Please address your reasons for choosing CU Boulder Materials Science & Engineering for your PhD studies, and how the program will help you achieve your career goals. You are encouraged to review our website and address specific faculty, labs, instrumentation, equipment, programs, and/or opportunities that are conducive to your success.

Statement on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Please describe in 300 words or less your position on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in higher education or engineering/science. You may address your personal experience(s), or approach this question in more general terms