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Civil Engineering

Master of Engineering

Master of Engineering Degree

The master of engineering (MEng) degree is intended for students with a non-engineering undergraduate degree and is structured to give basic knowledge in engineering in an interdisciplinary manner. Students in the master of engineering degree program can choose from the following specialized areas of study:

For more detailed information, please visit our specialty areas pages.

Admission Requirements

All civil engineering graduate applicants must submit the following materials.

  1. Application Form
  2. Application Fee
    If paid at the Bursar’s Office, submit your receipt to Civil Engineering.
  3. Statement of Purpose
    This may be included on your application form.
  4. Transcripts
    We require one official copy of each previous transcript. E-transcripts should be sent to the Graduate School at
  5. References
    We require three references (4th optional).
  6. Official GRE Scores

    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.

NOTE: Written application materials submitted are scanned for plagiarism and are added to a local database for plagiarism detection.

Prerequisite Coursework

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

Graduates of a University of Colorado undergraduate program (any campus) need not submit transcripts, nor submit original transcripts from other institutions, as long as the transfer credit appears on their University of Colorado transcript.


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. If there are outstanding materials, the application is considered incomplete and will be deferred.

Domestic applicants: Fall - May 1; Spring - October 1; Summer - February 15
International applicants: Fall - April 15; Spring - September 15; Summer - February 1

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

Click here to apply online.

Send all supporting application materials to the Graduate School at the following address:


Civil Engineering Graduate Admissions
Graduate School
Campus Box 163
P.O. Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364


Civil Engineering Graduate Admissions
Graduate School
1380 Lawrence Street, Suite 1251
Denver, CO 80204

Contact Email:​
Phone: 303-315-2179

Degree Requirements

The master of engineering requires 27 credit hours of courses and 3 credit hours of master's report work. Students should develop a curriculum plan of courses to take with guidance from their thesis advisor. 15 credit hours of course work must be completed with civil engineering classes; this includes the master's report hours. The remaining 15 credit hours may be completed outside of the civil engineering department in related disciplines that supplement the student's area of study. This requirement gives the master of engineering degree the ability to be interdisciplinary and tailored to the student's exact area of interest. For more information on the full range of optional classes, visit the specialty area pages.

All students must satisfactorily complete an oral defense of either the master's thesis or master's report to a committee of three or more graduate faculty members. Exams and defenses should be scheduled through your advisor. Students should also contact their advisors or the civil engineering office the semester before they graduate to make sure that they are meeting all requirements.

Degree programs must be completed within seven years from the date the degree is started. Degrees taking longer than seven years will require course recertification.​

​updated 08/29/2016