Graduate Admissions

All engineering graduate applicants must submit the following materials.

  • Application
  • Application fee – $50 domestic; $75 international
  • Statement of purpose – must be an original essay submitted with application. Scanned copies will not be accepted for submission.
  • Resume – must be submitted with application
  • Official transcripts – we require one official copy of each previous transcript. Send e-transcripts to the Graduate School at graduateadmissions@ucdenver.edu. ​
  • Letters of recommendation – three are required (two for civil engineering); a 4th is optional
  • Official GRE scores - institution code 4875; GRE scores are required for the following programs:
  • Electrical Engineering PhD
  • Mechanical Engineering* MS, MEng, PhD

GRE scores are not required for all other programs but may be submitted for consideration.

* Domestic (U.S. citizen) mechanical engineering MS and MEng applicants do not need to submit official GRE scores. 

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

TOEFL/IELTS requirements

Applicants will be considered to have obtained the required English language proficiency if they meet satisfactory scores as outlined below.

TOEFL: The CU Denver institutional code for TOEFL: 4875; Minimum TOEFL score accepted: 75 IBT / 537 PBT

IELTS: Minimum IELTS score accepted: 6.5

The TOEFL/IELTS requirement can be waived if an applicant has graduated from the ESL Academy. Information regarding other considerations for exemption, including country of citizenship/origin, and special circumstances can be found here.

Please allow 3 weeks from test date for all GRE and ELP scores to post to your student portal.

Submitting IELTS scores: Requests for score delivery to institutions must be submitted directly to the test center where you took the IELTS test. Scores are available approximately 13 days from the test date. Please follow the directions below when submitting requests for test scores.

Sending results to nominated organizations: When you book your test, you can nominate up to five organizations to receive your IELTS test results on your behalf. This service is free of charge. Results can be sent to further nominated organizations for a small administration fee.

If your center has closed, you can ask for your IELTS result to be sent to your nominated organizations by organizations (by filling in the Application for Additional TRFs (from closed centers) form. This service is available for up to two years from the date of your IELTS test. 

Visit the International Admissions page for subscore requirements and additional information.

Application deadlines

Applicants must make arrangements to ensure all their materials (including transcripts, references, and any required test scores) are received by the relevant deadlines below. Applications with outstanding materials are considered incomplete and will be canceled unless a request for deferment to a later term is requested.

NOTE: Students interested in bioengineering are only admitted for the fall semester.