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Admissions Information

Graduate Admission to the College of Engineering

Qualified students are admitted to regular degree status by the appropriate department. An ABET-accreditated undergraduate degree and an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4-point scale) or better for regular admission. Students with lower GPAs may qualify for provisional admission and applicants are strongly encouraged to submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores in such cases.

Graduate Admission to an Engineering Department

In addition to the minimum application requirements set forth by the Graduate School, each department may have additional admission requirements, as follows:

BIOENGINEERING (MS)
Applicants to the master’s degree program in Bioengineering are required to submit an online application, a personal statement, and a resume. A secondary application document called the Applicant Background Survey is emailed to each person who completes the online university application. The deadline is March 15 of each calendar year. Admissions are for fall of that year only. There are no conditional or delayed enrollment options. Applicants must demonstrate preparedness for interdisciplinary graduate-level study in mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, computer programming, and physical sciences or engineering. It is recommended that students have four semesters of math (through multivariable calculus and differential equations), two semesters each of physics, biology & chemistry and one semester of basic programming (ideally in MatLab). Preferred minimum GRE scores are 156/72% verbal, 160/84% quantitative, 4.5 analytical on the current scale or 550 verbal, 760 quantitative, 4.5 analytical on the pre-August 2011 scale.

BIOENGINEERING (PhD)
Doctoral degree students are further encouraged to contact faculty mentors in whose research they are interested; this process may result in informal (and optional) personal interviews between the faculty and applicant. The deadline is January 15 of each calendar year. Admissions are for fall of that year only. There are no conditional or delayed enrollment options.

CIVIL ENGINEERING (MS/MEng)
Applicants to the master’s degree programs in Civil Engineering are required to submit an online application and a statement of purpose. The deadlines are July 15 (fall), December 1 (spring), and March 15 (summer). Strong candidates will have verbal plus quantitative GRE scores exceeding 315, with a minimum of 300 expected. For tests taken prior to 2011, these scores are equivalent to 1200 and 1000, respectively.

CIVIL ENGINEERING (PhD)
Doctoral degree students are also required to submit a letter of support from one of the Civil Engineering faculty, which should include a statement of willingness to serve as the dissertation advisor and an outline of the plan for financial support. This letter may (or may not) be one of the three required for a complete file. The deadlines are May 15 (fall), October 1 (spring), and January 15 (summer).

COMPUTER SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING (MS)
Applicants to the master’s degree programs in Computer Science and Engineering must have sufficient programming experience and mathematical maturity to understand advanced courses. Additional requirements include 10 semester hours of university-level calculus and at least one math course beyond calculus, such as advanced calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability, statistics or combinatorial analysis. The department offers rolling admissions. Strong candidates will have verbal plus quantitative GRE scores exceeding 310, a minimum score of 290 Verbal + Math, and 3.0 Written is required (New GRE Scores.) Under the old GRE scores, strong candidates would have verbal plus quantitative scores exceeding 1200, a minimum GRE score of 1000 Verbal + Math, and 3.0 Written.

COMPUTER SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING (PhD)
Applicants to the doctoral degree program in Computer Science and Engineering may apply to either the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) or the Business School"students with a computer science background should apply through the CSE department and students with an information systems background should apply through the Business School. Application materials include a cover checklist, Parts I and II of the Application for Graduate Admission, and essay, and a resume.

ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING (MS/MEng)
Applicants to the master’s degree programs in Electrical Engineering are required to submit an online application and a statement of purpose. This department offers rolling admissions.

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING (MS/MEng)
The deadlines are April 1 (fall) and October 1 (spring).

EASPhD
Applicants to the EASPhD are required to submit a personal statement of academic and research interests, including intended primary concentration within the host department. The deadlines are April 1 (fall) and October 1 (spring). Domestic applicants who only have a B.S. degree or fewer than 12 hours of transferable graduate-level coursework are required to submit GRE scores. Preferred minimum GRE scores are 150 Verbal, 153 Quantitative, and 3.5 for Analytical Writing for tests taken August 1, 2011 or later. For tests taken prior to August 1, 2011, preferred minimum GRE scores are 450 Verbal, 680 Quantitative, and 3.5 for Analytical Writing. Host departments may have additional requirements regarding the GRE exam.

Entrance Requirements for Foreign Students

International applicants must apply through the Office of International Admissions.

Documentation in English (or a certified English translation) of the completion of a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree or the equivalent at the time of matriculation as evaluated by the International Admissions Office.

Applicants whose native language is not English must take either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam and must score above 525 (paper) or 192 (computer) or 71 (Internet based) on the TOEFL or 6.0 on the IETLS. Applicants whose native language is not English are not required to take the TOEFL test if they have completed a baccalaureate or graduate-level degree program at an English-speaking college or university or have completed at least two semesters at a college or university in the United States as a full-time student and obtained a “B” average (3.0 GPA) or higher. International students who successfully complete study at Spring International with a grade of B or better are not required to submit TOEFL scores. Students must successfully complete studies through Level Six to be eligible for the waiver consideration.

Financial and other documents required by the International Scholars and Students Office to process immigration documents.

A certified English translation of all records and references not in English.

Additional requirements and documentation may also be required.

CIVIL ENGINEERING (MS)
The deadlines are June 15 (fall), November 1 (spring), and February 15 (summer)

CIVIL ENGINEERING (PhD)
The deadlines are April 15 (fall), October 1 (spring), and January 15 (summer)

EASPhD
International applicants who do not have an M.S. earned in the U.S. are required to submit GRE scores. Host departments may have additional requirements regarding the GRE exam, please check the pages of each. The deadlines are March 1 (fall) and September 15 (spring).

Entrance Requirements for Non-Resident Students

Same as resident.

Residency Requirements

A limited amount of high-quality resident graduate work done in a recognized graduate school elsewhere within the time allowed may be accepted, provided it is recommended by the department concerned and approved by the school or college dean. The maximum amount of work that may be transferred to this university is 12 semester hours or 40 percent of the number of credits required for the master’s degree, whichever is higher, and 30 hours for PhD degrees.

The school or college shall determine if graduate classes taken by an undergraduate can be transferred to a graduate program. They shall also determine if courses taken in the University of Colorado System are considered resident or transfer courses.

Courses taken as pass/fail or satisfactory/unsatisfactory will not be transferred. In addition, a grade of B- or above must be earned for a course to be transferred. Courses taken some time ago will need to be validated by the program director.