Mechanical Engineering Master of Science

The CU Denver master of science in mechanical engineering builds on the fundamentals of mechanical engineering typically learned in an undergraduate mechanical engineering program.

Students may choose from four areas of study:

  • biomechanics
  • general mechanical engineering
  • mechanics
  • thermal sciences

Degree requirements

The master of science in mechanical engineering requires 30 credit hours of coursework. Students choose one of three plans to complete their degree. 

Plan I – Master’s Thesis

This plan requires 24 credit hours of formal coursework and 6 credit hours of thesis work.

Plan II – Master’s Report

This plan requires 27 credit hours of formal coursework plus 3 credit hours of a final project requiring a report.

Plan III – Course only

This plan requires 30 credit hours of formal course work plus a final comprehensive exam.

Prerequisite Coursework

Students not holding an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering are required to complete all mathematics, chemistry and physics courses required for the bachelor’s degree before taking graduate courses. Additionally, students must complete at least six undergraduate mechanical engineering courses—course requirements vary based on the chosen track.

Prerequisite courses (pdf)


Department of Mechanical Engineering site

Master's program application deadlines

International applicants

Fall - April 15

  • March 15 for bioengineering

Spring - September 15

Summer* - February 1 

Domestic applicants

Fall - May 1

  • July 15 for bioengineering (Priority - April 15)

Spring - October 1

  • December 1 for computer science

Summer* - February 15

*Please check that your desired program has a summer term start available.