Prospective Graduate Students

Our current graduate students are comprised of approximately 100 MS students and 100 PhD students, and are a vibrant community and the heart of our department. These bright and talented students come to Boulder from as far away as Italy and Iran, and from all across the US, and are preparing to be successful engineering professionals for the 21st century. They come to the CU ME department because of our reputation as a Tier 1 research institution; our connections with the University of Colorado Anschutz medical school (a top 10 medical school in the US); collaboration with national laboratories, such as NIST, NREL and others; our outstanding faculty, who are leaders in their fields; and the encouragement and support they receive in an environment which sets no limits on innovation.


Outstanding Students

PhD student awards (2015-16)

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (4 recipients)

NSF G-K Fellowship (1 recipient)

NDSEG Fellowship (1 recipient)

NIH T32 Training Grant (1 recipient)

NIH Graduate Partnership Grant (1 recipient)


Our research is supported by a wide variety of exciting, well-funded projects addressing modern topics in the key focus areas of Air Quality, Bioengineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanics of Material, Micro/Nanoscale, Robotics and Systems Design, Thermo Fluid Sciences. To learn more, view our faculty research page. Once you’ve identified how your research interests fit our program, please view information about the individual faculty on our faculty page. You are welcome to reach out to faculty of interest to set up individual meetings.


PhD Funding

Top PhD applicants will be invited to a campus visit in March. After the visit, we will extend Teaching Assistant (TA) funding offers. These funding offers include tuition coverage, a monthly salary, and 90% health insurance coverage. Pending satisfactory performance in the program, each PhD student’s funding will be taken over by his or her research advisor beginning with the summer following the first academic year in the program, and will continue until the student graduates. We typically attract about 25 new PhD students per year.


MS Financial Aid

Unfortunately, the Department is not able to provide funding for master’s students. Students should contact the Office of Financial Aid for loan information.

Department Facts

Research awards in the department reached a high of $10M in FY2015, with an antipated growth of $2M in FY2016.

US News and World Report 2016 ranked University of Colorado Boulder Department of Mechanical Engineering in the top 25% of nationally ranked Mechanical Engineering programs (34th among 139).

Domestic Applicant Deadlines​

PhD Applicants (fall acceptance only):
Early Deadline: December 1, 2016
Final Deadline: January 5, 2017

Master's Applicants
Spring: October 1, 2016
Fall: February 15, 2017

 Domestic Application and Instructions  

International Applicant Deadlines​
PhD (fall acceptance only):

Final Deadline: December 15, 2016

Master's Applicants

Spring: September 1, 2016

Fall: January 15, 2017

International Application and Instructions​​

Your application must be submitted online by the deadline and will not be reviewed until ALL application materials are received. ​


Late applications are not accepted and the application fee is non-refundable.