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Engineering and Applied Science Doctor of Philosophy (EASPhD)

The Engineering and Applied Science Doctor of Philosophy program consists of studies in engineering and engineering-related disciplines. It is a multidisciplinary program in keeping with the interdisciplinary nature of modern research. The degree is conferred by the College of Engineering and Applied Science. However, applicants to the degree program apply to and enter the program through one of four departments, called the host department, of the College. The applicant chooses his/her host department based on his/her intended primary concentration of study. The four departments of the College that serve as host departments are Civil Engineering (CE), Computer Science and Engineering (CSE), Electrical Engineering (EE), and Mechanical Engineering (ME). Each host department offers several concentrations. The secondary concentration can be chosen from any remaining department of the College, including Bioengineering (BIOE). The secondary concentration may also be chosen from another College/School at CU Denver. The coursework in the primary and secondary areas must consist of ten courses (30 units). In addition to other courses, a student must take at least five courses in his/her primary area of concentration and at least three courses in a secondary area of concentration. Other courses may be recommended by the student’s advisor. Research that spans across two or more of the five College departments is strongly encouraged and is a major strength of the program.

The goal of this PhD program is to prepare future leaders in engineering to advance our current understanding of engineering principles and practices through the application of specialized knowledge in specific engineering disciplines. A successful doctoral student will receive the degree “Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering and Applied Science.”

What are the minimum degree requirements?

Coursework in primary and secondary areas of concentration: 30 units
Research/dissertation: 30 units
Total: 60 units

What is required for the admissions process?

  • Application for admission
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • One official copy of transcripts from all institutions attended. (E-transcripts should be sent to the Graduate School at 
  • Processing fee
  • Bachelor's or Master's degree
  • Previous GPA above 3.0
  • Personal statement of academic and research interests, including intended primary concentration within the host department. (This statement and concentration choice may either be written in a cover letter or written on the application form in Part 2, Item 6.)
  • NOTE: Written application materials submitted are scanned for plagiarism and are added to a local database used for plagiarism detection.

Additional materials that are required in special cases

GRE: Applicants must submit evidence of adequate preparation for graduate study by either (a) submitting official GRE scores, or (b) documenting an earned bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 3.00 or higher from an institution accredited by a U.S. accreditation body, or an earned master’s degree with a GPA of 3.50 or higher from an institution accredited by a U.S. accreditation body. Use Institution Code 4875, Department Code 1102.

Preferred minimum GRE scores are 150 Verbal, 153 Quantitative, and 3.5 for Analytical Writing for tests taken August 1, 2011 or later. For tests taken prior to August 1, 2011, preferred minimum GRE scores are 450 Verbal, 680 Quantitative, and 3.5 for Analytical Writing.

International applicants are requried to submit TOEFL scores. An applicant whose undergraduate language of instruction was not English should have a minimum TOEFL score of 600 (paper-based test) or 250 (computer-based test).

International applicants must apply through the Office of International Admissions. The Office has a website at For advising, contact the Office by email at or by phone at 303-315-2230. You may also contact the Office by mail at the following address:

Office of International Affairs
International Admissions
University of Colorado Denver

Mailing Address:
Campus Box A005/185
P.O. Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364

Physical Address (courier):
1050 17th Street
Suite A-300
Denver, CO 80265

What are the application deadlines?

Applicants must make arrangements to ensure all their materials (including transcripts, references, and any required test scores) are received by the relevant deadlines below. If there are outstanding materials, the application is considered incomplete and will be deferred.

Domestic applicants:
Fall - May 1
Spring - October 1

International applicants:
Fall - April 15
Spring - September 15

No applications for summer admission will be accepted. 

Where do I send the application materials?

Applications are to be completed online. Contact host department if issues arise.

University of Colorado Denver
Graduate Admissions Committee
Civil Engineering Dept.; Campus Box 113
P.O. Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364​

Who are the faculty in the host department and supporting departments?
Go to the faculty portion of the website and click on the various departments to find information about faculty members and their research interests.

How do I learn more?
For more information or advising appointments, contact the host department where you expect to have your primary area of concentration. The phone numbers and locations on campus of the host departments are listed below, or write to the host department using the department's e-mail address.

Civil Engineering: 303-315-7160
Campus Location: North Classroom Bldg. Room 3037

Computer Science and Engineering: 303-315-1405
Campus Location: Lawrence Street Center, suite 800

Electrical Engineering: 303-3151-7520
Campus Location: North Classroom Bldg. Room 2615

Mechanical Engineering: 303-315-7500
Campus Location: North Classroom Bldg. Room 2024

Hard-copy application forms can be mailed by the host department office or can be picked up at the department office. If you wish to use the online application form, go to