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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.

Electrical Engineering Fellowship

Applicants submitting their application before March 1 are eligible for the Department of Electrical Engineering merit-based fellowship, which offers full financial support (tuition and stipend). The fellowship is awarded to an outstanding PhD applicant each academic year.

Additional sources of student funding include merit-based scholarships, teaching assistantships as well as research grants of individual faculty members.

Click here to apply online.

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


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


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

Contact Email:
Phone: 303-315-2179​

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
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE): Official GRE scores are required for all applicants.
  • 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.)

For program specifics, download the EE Graduate Program Guide​.

What are the application deadlines?

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 - April 1
Spring - October 1

International applicants:
Fall - March 1
Spring - September 15

Applications received after the deadline will be processed for the following semester.

Consideration for the merit-based fellowships from the Department of Electrical Engineering requires submitting a complete application for admission by the fall semester admission deadlines (March 1 or April 1). No extra materials are required beyond those of the application for admission.

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: 303-35-7160
Campus Location: North Classroom Bldg. Room 3037

Computer Science and Engineering: 303-315-1408
Campus Location: Lawrence Street Center, suite 800

Electrical Engineering: 303-315-7520
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