Master's of Science Track in Outdoor Gear

In partnership with The Outside Laboratory at CU Denver


In the Fall of 2024, the Mechanical Engineering Department at CU Denver will begin offering a 4 semester Master's of Science Track in Outdoor Gear. This program is a collaboration with Outside Inc. We are building a state-of-the-art outdoor gear testing laboratory (The Outside Laboratory at CU Denver) on campus. This program is funded in part by the State of Colorado to enhance workforce development as Colorado is one of the premier outdoor destinations for both recreational activities as well as companies. The current slate of courses is shown below. As you can tell this is not the typical master's degree in an engineering program. We encourage individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds to consider this program. The program intends to graduate individuals who can work in outdoor gear companies or start their own. For more information about the program contact Dr. Dana Carpenter at

              Prototyping/Design For Manufacture
              Introduction to Product Services
              Build Course (Polymers, Composites, and Textiles)
              Laboratory Gear Testing
              Entrepreneurship and IP
              Seminar Series
              Capstone Experience
              Field Gear Testing


You can also take these courses as undergraduate technical electives. Furthermore, you can be in the 4+1 program, where you can take your 4 undergraduate electives as graduate courses and count them toward both your undergraduate and master's degrees. Thus, you can get a BS and MS within 5 years.

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