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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?

Admission Requirements & Documents

  • Graduate application (must be submitted online​ through the CU Denver Application Portal).
  • Application fees (see instructions below).
  • Resume (uploaded along with online application)
  • Statement of Purpose (uploaded along with online application)
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation (see instructions below)
  • Official transcripts – ONE copy (see instructions below)
  • GRE test scores (see instructions below)
  • TOEFL (or IELTS) test scores (see instructions below)

Additional documents (U.S. Citizens/U.S. Permanent Residents only)

  • Tuition Classification Form (for those claiming in-state eligibility)
  • Non-Academic Suspension Supplement
  • Suspension/Expulsion Form
  • Criminal History Supplement

NOTE: all submitted written application materials are scanned for plagiarism and added to a local database used for plagiarism detection.​

Mailing address for application materials:
Graduate School
Campus Box 163
P.O. Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364

Courier Address (UPS, DHL, FedEx, etc.)
Graduate School
1380 Lawrence Street, Suite 1251
Denver, CO 80204

Contact e-mail and phone
Program specific questions – 303-556-6205,
Admission requirements – 303-315-2179,

Application Terms and Deadlines
Applicants must make arrangements to ensure all required materials are received by the relevant deadlines below. All incomplete applications are canceled after the deadline or processed for the following semester.

Fall Term
International Applicants - February 1
U.S. Citizens/U.S. Permanent Residents - February 1

Spring Term
International Applicants - September 1
U.S. Citizens/U.S. Permanent Residents - September 1

Summer Term
No PhD admissions for summer term

Letters of Recommendation
Include names and email addresses of three recommenders in your online application – our university will email them a request and guidance for submitting recommendations. Their responses will load directly into the CU Denver online application. If you received your MS or MEng from CU Denver, recommendations are not required.

Official Transcripts
Request each academic institution you have previously attended (except the University of Colorado/any campus) to submit ONE official transcript to the Graduate School Admissions Office at the address above. E-transcripts need to be sent to the Graduate School at

NOTE* we do not accept uploaded from a university website unofficial transcripts.

International transcripts only: Transcripts obtained from a foreign institution can be scanned and e-mailed in PDF format after submitting the online application. If admitted, international students will provide original transcripts when arrived for the first semester.

NOTE* we do not accept WES or any other transcripts evaluation. You can scan your international transcripts (original language + English translation + copy of graduation certificate or Diploma) in a single PDF file and e-mail to OR send by mail to the above address.

All PhD applicants are required to provide GRE scores, regardless of the GPA. Preferred minimum scores are: 150 Verbal / 153 Quantitative / 3.5 Analytical Writing

Non-U.S. Citizens/Non-Permanent Residents with undergraduate and/or graduate degree from a foreign institution should meet English Language Proficiency requirements of:

TOEFL minimum of 75 with sub-scores no less than: reading-15, listening-15, speaking-18, writing-17
IELTS minimum score of 6.5 with each sub-score no less than 5.5

NOTE* use Institution Code 4875 (no department code is needed) to submit scores directly. Self-reported GRE/TOEFL/IELTS scores without any documentation from an ETS center are not taken into consideration by the admissions committee.

Who is NOT required TOEFL or IELTS test scores?
Non-U.S. Citizens graduated from an institution accredited by a U.S. accreditation body are not required of TOEFL or IELTS. U.S. Permanent Residents (Green Card holders) are not required of TOEFL/IELTS.

How do I pay application fees?
You must pay an application fee of $50 (U.S. Citizens/U.S. Permanent Residents) or $75 (international applicants). It is payable online by a credit card or by a check mailed to the Graduate School (see address above). You may submit applications to up to three different programs for that fee by selecting "Pay by Check" on subsequent applications. If you have technical questions about your application, please contact Krystal Fox via email at or by phone 303-315-5843.

Is conditional admission available for international students?
NO. We do not offer conditional admission for the English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirement. To be considered for admission, PhD candidates need to meet the ELP requirements (see TOEFL/IELTS section).

Is provisional admission available?

Can I defer the admission?
YES. An admission offer is valid for one year only. U.S. Citizens/U.S. Permanent Residents need to contact the department directly with the deferral request. International students need to submit deferral request online. To be considered for the admission after a year requires the applicant to reapply and pay application fees.

Can I be admitted without a bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering?
YES. Students, who do not possess sufficient mechanical engineering educational background, can be admitted to the MS/ME program and might need to take additional undergraduate prerequisite courses within the first two semesters of acceptance. For details, see the Degree Requirements.

How can I check my application status?
After submitting the online application, you can check the status of your application and the documents completeness through the Prospective Student Portal using the same Username and Password you created for your online application.

How long does the decision take?
After your application is complete and all required documents and tests are submitted, it usually takes 3-4 weeks for the graduate committee to review your application. The decision letter will be e-mailed directly from the department to the e-mail address you provided in your application, you may need to check a spam box.

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: 303-3115-7160
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: 303-35-7500
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