Graduate Degree Programs

The Department of Mechanical Engineering prepares students for careers involving technical innovation and leadership. Our graduate programs provide a solid foundation for careers in industry, research labs, and academia. The department tradition of interdisciplinary research provides students with exciting new opportunities in key research areas

 

Certificate Programs Graduate Course Schedule

MS Degree

The M.S. in Mechanical Engineering consists of 30 credit hours: usually ten three hour courses or eight three hour courses and six hours of thesis.





Our curriculum consists of a set of nine study tracks (click on each track to see the curriculum): 

Air Quality
Bioengineering
Design (More on Graduate Design here)
Energy & Environment
Foundation
Materials
Mechanics of Materials
Microsystems
Simulation Based Mechanical 
Engineering    

Sciences

Each track consists of six courses, comprised of a set of 3-5 core courses and 1-3 enrichment courses. The remaining courses are electives, and may include thesis hours. Core courses are taught every year, and enrichment courses are taught at various intervals. Enrichment courses are more specialized and are chosen from a list of approved courses for each track. Additional courses may be approved on a petition basis. Lists of core and enrichment courses for each track are available at the links above.

In addition to the coursework for each track, M.S. students are required to take two semesters of Graduate Seminar, MCEN 5027. This class is pass/fail and is attendance based. It does NOT count towards the 30 credit hours required for the degree. Attendance is required at 2/3 of the seminars for a passing grade.

Please Note: For BS/MS Students the requirement is only one semester of Graduate Seminar.

Master of Engineering Degree

The Master of Engineering is a degree plan designed primarily for working professionals or those who seek exceptional breadth in their educational plan.

Requirements:

Have six years to complete all requirements

A GPA of 3.0 must be maintained

Requires 30 credit hours of course work:

18 credit hours of courses at the 5000 level or above must be taken in Mechanical Engineering subjects

12 credit hours of courses may be taken in   other engineering fields, science, business,     etc. 6 of these hours may be at the 4000 level, pending department approval.

In addition to the coursework, M.E. students are required to take two semesters of Graduate Seminar, MCEN 5027. This class is pass/fail and is attendance based. It does NOT count towards the 30 credit hours required for the degree. Attendance is required at 2/3 of the seminars for a passing grade.

Note: Up to nine hours of approved graduate level coursework from other institutions may be transferred. As much as nine hours of Center for Engineering and Technology Education (CAETE) courses taken before application may also be allowed. However, taking CAETE courses does not guarantee admission into a Master of Engineering degree program.

 

Ph.D.

​The Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering is available to students entering graduate studies for the first time as well as those who have completed a Masters degree at another institution.

Choose from the following focus areas:​

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Course requirements in addition to the M.S. curriculum:

Depending upon the area of research the   minimum credit requirements range from

30-36 credits

 

For students with a prior Masters degree, up to 21 hours of course work may be transferred to meet the 30-36 hour requirement

 

Hours taken at CU Boulder must include:

MCEN 5020, Methods of Engineering Analysis 1

 

MCEN 5040, Methods of Engineering Analysis  2



MCEN 5208 Intro to Research

In addition to the coursework, Ph.D. students are required to take:

Four semesters of Graduate Seminar, MCEN 5027



30 dissertation hours

Air Quality (AQ):                                  36 credits
Bioengineering (BE):                            30 credits
Materials (M):                                       30 credits
Mechanics of Materials (MM):              30 credits
Micro/Nano Systems (MNS):                30 credits
Thermo Fluid Sciences (TFS):             42 credits

BS/MS Degree
Mechanical Engineering & Engineering Management (Dual Degree)
Application

The Concurrent Bachelor’s/Master’s degree  program offers the opportunity of pursuing the Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees leading towards the awarding of the degrees at the completion of the joint program. 

About the program:

A 5-6 year program designed for currently enrolled CU Boulder students 



Initial admission to the program typically occurs during the Junior year

Minimum standards for admission require a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 and completion of all MAPS deficiencies.



See the graduate advisor for an application for the BS/MS concurrent degree

 

 

 

Admission criteria:

Cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher



Have completed a minimum of 75 hours 



Transfer students must have completed a minimum of 24 hours at CU Boulder



If admitted to the program the student may not pursue a double degree or double major

 

Students must have completed four of the following six courses: 

     Computational Methods

     Fluids

     Thermodynamics 1

     Thermodynamics 2

     Heat Transfer

     Component Design

Additional Information:

The degrees will be awarded simultaneously when requirements for both degrees are met.

To comply with Title IV Higher Education regulations, CU-Boulder students pursuing a concurrent BS/MS degree will automatically be changed to graduate status after the completion of 145 credit hours.

Students at graduate status are assessed graduate tuition rates and are no longer eligible for the College Opportunity Fund (COF). Graduate students receiving financial aid are considered “independent” and are no longer eligible for aid requiring undergraduate status.



In addition to the coursework for each track, M.S. students are required to take two semesters of Graduate Seminar, MCEN 5027. This class is pass/fail and is attendance based. It does NOT count towards the 30 credit hours required for the degree. Attendance is required at 2/3 of the seminars for a passing grade.

 

Admission to the BS/MS program does not include admission to the Design Track

Note: For BS/MS Students the requirement is only one semester of Graduate Seminar.

 

A student who is pursuing the ME, Mechanical Engineering degree (Primary) and wishes to also obtain the ME, Engineering Management degree must complete the following.

Requirements:

Complete 30 hours of course work at the 5000 level or above

     18 credit hours of courses in Mechanical  

      Engineering

     12 credit hours of courses in other  

      engineering fields,science, business, etc.

Two semesters of graduate seminar, MCEN 5027 (This class is pass/fail and is attendance based; does not count toward fulfilling the graduate degree requirement)
 

Must be admitted to the Engineering Management Program
 

Complete an additional 15 credit hours of graduate engineering management course work

As part of either program the following seven courses must be completed:

EMEN 5010 Introduction to Engineering Management


EMEN 5020 Finance and Accounting for Engineering Managers 

EMEN 5030 Introduction to Project Management –or- EMEN 5031 Software Project Management


EMEN 5040 Quality, Strategy, and Value Creation
 

EMEN 5050 Leadership
 

EMEN 5090 High Technology Marketing
 

One EMEN elective course other than EMEN 5000 or EMEN 5005


Successfully complete the Master’s Exam.

(8-10 page paper)

Note: EMEN 5000 Engineering Analysis and EMEN 5005 Intro to Applied Statistics cannot be applied toward the Engineering Management degree.

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