All civil engineering graduate applicants must submit the following materials.
- Application Form
- Application Fee
If paid at the Bursar’s Office, submit your receipt to Civil Engineering.
- Statement of Purpose
This may be included on your application form.
We require one official copy of each previous transcript.
We require three references (4th optional).
- Official GRE Scores (required for admission spring 2015 or later)
Except as noted below, use Institution Code 4875, Department Code 1102.
- Letter of Support
Doctoral admission requires a letter of support from one of our faculty, stating a willingness to serve as the dissertation advisor and outlining a plan for financial support. This letter may (or may not) be one of the three required for a complete file. In cases where the applicant has a prior relationship with the proposed dissertation advisor, this letter should be one of the three required references. In cases where no prior relationship exists, this letter will be solicited by the Graduate Admissions Committee after review of the complete application.
GRE scores are optional for applicants with one of the following:
- an earned bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. institution with a GPA of at least 3.00
- an earned master's degree from an accredited U.S. institution with a GPA of at least 3.50
All graduate students are expected to have completed the prerequisite requirements relevant to their specialization within civil engineering. These requirements are in addition to the coursework required for the graduate degree. Missing prerequisites may be resolved by taking an equivalent course at CU Denver, or an equivalent institution, or by submitting documentation of equivalent coursework to the student’s academic advisor after admission.
University of Colorado Alumni
Alumni of a University of Colorado undergraduate or graduate program (any campus) need not submit transcripts from the University of Colorado, nor submit original transcripts from other institutions, as long as the transfer credit appears on their University of Colorado transcript.
We have rolling admission. However, applicants must make arrangements to ensure all their materials (including transcripts, references, and any required test scores) have been received by the relevant deadlines below.
Domestic applicants: fall - May 15; spring - October 1; summer - January 15
International applicants: fall - April 15; spring - September 1; summer - December 15
We do not offer rush or priority
service for late applications, which will be processed for the following
semester. In this circumstance, applicants may wish to temporarily
enroll as a non-degree student.
How to Apply
All application materials need to be sent to the Graduate School at the following address:
UPS, FEDEX ADDRESS
1380 Lawrence Street, Suite 1251
Denver, CO 80204
Campus Box 163
P.O. Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364
Contact Email: CEASGApplications@ucdenver.edu
Click here to apply online.1
Doctoral students must complete at least 60 credit hours, including at least 30 dissertation research hours and at least 30 credit hours of courses relevant to the student’s dissertation research. Additional courses may be required by the dissertation advisor in order to provide students with the expertise necessary to perform original and significant engineering research. 9 credit hours of classes must be taken at the CU Boulder campus unless students are completing the Civil Engineering Systems track. Doctoral students may transfer up to 15 credit hours toward their required course work, but not for dissertation hours. For students who complete their master’s at CU Denver or CU Boulder, up to 21 credits may be transferred in. Prerequisites do apply to this degree program and should be completed before more than 12 credit hours of doctoral course work are completed. Current master’s students may apply to the doctoral program at any point after they begin to earn their master’s degree course work.
Students should work carefully with their dissertation advisor and discuss all classes they will take to assure that they will support dissertation completion. Students interested in our doctoral program may review our faculty’s research pages to identify professors they would like to work with on their dissertation.
Students must pass a preliminary examination, complete a comprehensive exam and orally defend their dissertation before a committee of at least five faculty members: two from Boulder and three from Denver.
For more in-depth rules, download the PhD Brochure.
Coursework Assessment Form