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Mechanical Engineering

Master of Engineering

The master of engineering (MEng) is an interdisciplinary degree program designed to meet the needs of those practicing engineers who wish to follow an integrated program of studies in engineering and allied subjects related to the individual student’s professional work. Students can combine advanced engineering course work with graduate-level non-engineering courses such as business administration, environmental sciences, social sciences, biological sciences or public administration.

 Areas of Study

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers four tracks of study for the Master of Engineering degree program:

  • General
  • Mechanics
  • Sports Engineering
  • Thermal Sciences

Prospective students are required to present a well-defined objective in order to be admitted to the program. In consultation with faculty advisors, an academic program is developed to meet this objective.

An advisory committee will be appointed for each student by the department. The advisory committee that guides the student is responsible for approving the individual’s degree program and admission to candidacy, and approves the student’s written report and the awarding of the degree.

The Graduate School Rules apply to this program.​


 Objectives & Outcomes

MSME and MEng Program Educational Objectives

The program offered by the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Colorado Denver can be completed in the afternoon and evening hours to accommodate both working and traditional students. The department seeks to graduate a diverse population of students with a master’s degree enabling them to

  • be employed by a diverse group of industries, research laboratories and educational institutions,
  • pursue careers in engineering, interdisciplinary areas, research and education, and
  • pursue post-graduate education and advanced degrees.

MSME and MEng Program Educational Outcomes

  • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • an ability to design a system component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • an ability to communicate effectively
  • an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice​

 Admission Requirements

Students must meet the university admission requirements detailed in the CU Denver Graduate CatalogStudents not holding BS in mechanical engineering degrees are required to complete all mathematics, chemistry and physics courses required for the bachelor’s degree before taking graduate courses. 

Math and Science Prerequisites

  • MATH 1401 Calculus I
  • MATH 2411 - Calculus II
  • MATH 2421 - Calculus III
  • MATH 3195 - Linear Algebra and Differential Equations
  • CHEM 1130 - Engineering General Chemistry 
  • PHYS 2311 - General Physics I: Calculus-Based
  • PHYS 2321 - General Physics Lab I 
  • PHYS 2331 - General Physics II: Calculus-Based
  • PHYS 2341 - General Physics Lab II

In addition, before taking graduate courses students must complete the following undergraduate mechanical engineering courses depending on the track they plan to follow:

General Track

ENGR 3012 (Thermodynamics) 
MECH 2033 (Dynamics)
MECH 3010 (Intro to Numerical Methods)
MECH 3023 (System Dynamics I: Vibrations)
MECH 3042 (Heat Transfer) or MECH 3021 (Fluid Mechanics) 
MECH 3043 (Strength of materials)

Mechanics Track

ENGR 3012 (Thermodynamics) 
MECH 2033 (Dynamics)
MECH 3010 (Intro to Numerical Methods)
MECH 3023 (System Dynamics I: Vibrations)
MECH 3035 (Design of Mechanical Elements) 
MECH 3043 (Strength of materials)

Thermal Sciences Track

ENGR 3012 (Thermodynamics) 
MECH 2033 (Dynamics)
MECH 3010 (Intro to Numerical Methods)
MECH 3021 (Introduction to Fluid Mechanics)
MECH 3042 (Heat Transfer)
MECH 3043 (Strength of materials)​​

Sports Engineering Track

Students may choose to complete one of the folowing prerequisite options in its emtierty.

  • Option One
  • ENGR 3012 (Thermodynamics)
  • MECH 2033 (Dynamics)
  • MECH 3010 (Intro to Numerical Methods)
  • MECH 3023 (System Dynamics I: Vibrations)
  • MECH 3042 (Heat Transfer) or MECH 3021 (Fluid Mechanics)
  • MECH 3043 (Strength of materials)
  • Option Two
  • ENGR 3012 (Thermodynamics)
  • MECH 2033 (Dynamics)
  • MECH 3010 (Intro to Numerical Methods)
  • MECH 3023 (System Dynamics I: Vibrations)
  • MECH 3035 (Design of Mechanical Elements)
  • MECH 3043 (Strength of materials)
  • Option Three
  • ENGR 3012 (Thermodynamics)
  • MECH 2033 (Dynamics)
  • MECH 3010 (Intro to Numerical Methods)
  • MECH 3021 (Introduction to Fluid Mechanics)
  • MECH 3042 (Heat Transfer)
  • MECH 3043 (Strength of materials)



 Degree Requirements

A minimum of 30 semester hours of academic work are required for the MEng degree. At least 15 of these hours must be at the 5000 level or above in mechanical engineering. A maximum of 12 semester hours may be taken outside of engineering. In addition to course work, a written report is required in the MEng program as a final project (3 semester hours). The report may be related to the student’s professional work. The report will be of the same general quality as that required for the Master of Science project and must be defended orally.

Students must submit a proposal to their examination committee prior to the semester in which they register for their project semester hours, and the examination committee must approve the proposal for the thesis or project. Finally, the student must present the required project to his/her graduate committee and the committee must approve the project for satisfaction of the student’s graduation requirement.​


 How to Apply

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 – 303-35-7500,
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 cancelled after the deadline or processed for the following semester.

Fall Term
International Applicants - April 15
U.S. Citizens/U.S. Permanent Residents - May 1

Spring Term
International Applicants - September 15
U.S. Citizens/U.S. Permanent Residents - October 1

Summer Term
No graduate 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 BS 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.

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.

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-US Citizens graduated from an institution accredited by a U.S. accreditation body are not required of TOEFL or IELTS. US Permanent Residents (Green Card holders) are not required of TOEFL/IELTS.

How to 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 is available for international students?
YES. If your application is strong enough, but you do not meet the English Language Proficiency requirements (see above), you can be offered a “conditional admission”. Conditional admission means you cannot be issued the I-20 form and you cannot register for classes until you fulfil the English language requirements or you have successfully completed CU Denver’s English as a Second Language Academy. The conditional admission offer is valid for one year only. If you still want to be considered for the admission after a year – you will need to re-apply and pay application fees.

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.