The Master of Science Thesis is a degree program that is well suited for students pursuing a career in academia or industry with a research component. MS Thesis students choose from focus areas in air quality, biomedical, design, energy and environment, materials, mechanics of materials, microsystems, and robotics/control. With support from the research advisor, students in this program have the option of smoothly transitioning into the PhD program. 

If a student plans to earn a master's degree and then immediately continue on to a PhD, they can apply directly to the PhD program; it is not necessary to earn a master's degree separately.

For more information, visit the department’s Master of Science Thesis webpage. 

Bachelor's–Accelerated Master's Degree Program

Students may earn this degree as part of the Bachelor's–Accelerated Master's (BAM) degree program, which allows currently enrolled CU Boulder undergraduate students the opportunity to earn a bachelor's and master's degree in a shorter period of time.

For more information, see the Accelerated Master's tab for the associated bachelor's degree(s): BSEV in Environmental Engineering


The mechanical engineering Master of Science Thesis curriculum is designed to provide a balance between a modern technological focus and disciplinary depth.

Students must complete at least 30 graduate-level credit hours, to include at least 18 credits in mechanical engineering, including 6 credits of thesis work. Up to 12 credits may be taken outside of the department.

Students must secure a thesis advisor for research and course guidance, and students must attend a select number of mechanical engineering graduate seminars.

For more information, visit the department's MS - Thesis Option webpage.