Can I apply to the program with an undergraduate major other than materials science and engineering?

The MSE graduate program is open to applicants with undergraduate degrees in MSE, but also physics, chemistry, biology, computer science and various engineering disciplines. The program is flexible in order to accommodate individual backgrounds.

What are general course prerequisites for admission?

We strongly suggest a minimum of two years of calculus/differential equations, an introductory chemistry and physics course, plus advanced undergraduate coursework appropriate to the MSE track that will be followed. However, those courses are not absolutely required for admission. A customized plan to address any deficiencies will be assembled with your advisor in the first semester.

What are the minimum GRE scores and minimum GPA required for admission?

We do not have formal minimum requirements for admission; however, the average scores for admitted students are 163 (GRE Quant), 159 (GRE Verbal). The average GPA is 3.68.

Do you require official transcripts?

You can submit unofficial transcripts for the review process; however, we will require an official transcript upon admission.

Do I need to convert my international GPA?

There is no need to convert your GPA because we have trained staff in the office of Graduate Admissions who can do so for you.

Is the subject GRE required for admission?

No, the subject GRE is not required for admission and it will not affect your eligibility.

I want to be in the PhD program, but do I have a better chance of being admitted into the Master’s degree first?

If you intend to eventually pursue a PhD, then you should apply to the PhD program directly. You can earn a Master’s degree along the way. Students in the Master’s degree program need to submit an online application to be considered for admission into the PhD program.

Can I visit campus and tour the facilities?

You are welcome to visit campus anytime but we will personally invite students admitted into the PhD program for an all-expense-paid visit and tour in the spring.

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What is my application status?

After your application has been successfully submitted you may check the status of your application in your MyCUBoulder account.

What are the deadlines for admission to the program?

Fall application deadlines are December 1st for international students and January 10th for domestic students.

Can I add materials, or change information in my application, once it's been submitted?

No. Unfortunately, no edits are allowed to an already submitted application; however, additional materials (e.g. recommendations, transcripts, etc.) can be added by forwarding those materials directly to the admissions office at Make sure to include your full name and either the application number or your empl/student ID number.

One of my recommenders didn't receive the recommendation link. What do I do?

For assistance with links to letters of recommendation contact technical

You cannot add additional names, or remove names, of recommenders in your application once it has been submitted; however, recommendations can be sent by your recommenders to the graduate admissions office,