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.
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).
documents are required in special cases:
- International applicants
must submit an official GRE report to Institution Code 4875, Department Code
1102. See GRE requirements below.
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.
Official GRE scores are required for all international applicants. Domestic applicants are
encouraged to submit GRE scores, and they are strongly recommended for any
applicant whose GPA is below 2.75, which is our normal lower limit for
provisional admission. Use Institution Code 4875, Department Code 1102.
will have verbal plus quantitative scores exceeding 315, with a minimum of 300
expected. For tests taken prior to 2011, these scores are equivalent to 1200
and 1000, respectively.
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.
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
Domestic applicants: Fall - June 15; Spring - November
1; Summer - March 15
International applicants: Fall - May 15; Spring - October 1; Summer - February 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
Click here to apply online.
Send all supporting application materials to the Graduate School at the following address:
Civil Engineering Graduate Admissions
Campus Box 163
P.O. Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364
COURIER ADDRESS (UPS, FEDEX, etc.):
Civil Engineering Graduate Admissions
1380 Lawrence Street, Suite 1251
Denver, CO 80204
Contact Email: CEASGApplications@ucdenver.edu
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 a written comprehensive exam and 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.