Graduate Studies

The objective of graduate education in the CEAE department is to produce engineers with the knowledge and skills to understand and solve complex problems in the natural and built environment, to promote a sustainable world, and to enhance the global quality of life.

The CEAE Department offers MS and PhD degrees in architectural engineering and in civil engineering. When applying for graduate study in the CEAE department, students should identify the degree program in which they would like to pursue a MS or PhD degree. The requirements for each of the programs may differ, so students are encouraged to consult the pages under the “Research” tab above.

The civil engineering graduate degrees are offered through the following faculty groups, interdisciplinary programs, and associated degree subplans:

The Environmental Engineering group of the CEAE Department is the only certificate program in the United States offering a Water Engineering and Management Graduate Certificate. The certificate is available to students on the Boulder campus and to distance learning students online through EngineeringAnywhere.

CEAE is one of only three programs in the United States offering graduate degrees in architectural engineering. The graduate degrees are offered in the following specializations and interdisciplinary programs:

Most of the architectural engineering specializations are currently offered through Building Systems Engineering research area, which is uniquely affiliated with the AREN graduate degrees. The Construction Engineering and Management research area is aligned with both the civil engineering degrees and the architectural engineering degrees. While many of the prerequisites, required courses, electives, and research topics are similar, students pursuing the AREN degrees will have greater exposure to topics in building integration.

Within the CEAE department, the degree requirements for the civil engineering graduate degrees are different for each area of specialization (e.g., environmental engineering or civil systems). Specifically, each specialization has different prerequisites and standards for admission, different required courses in the curriculum, and different graduation requirements. However, all students in the architectural engineering graduate programs have a single set of degree requirements as given in the Architectural Engineering Program Guide.

Applicants interested in urban planning or transportation should contact the University of Colorado Denver.

Facilities, including an earthquake simulator, a collection of geotechnical centrifuges, state-of-the-art geotechnical, environmental, building systems, hydraulics, and structural materials laboratories, permit a case-study approach to education which exposes graduate students to real-world problems through experimentation, testing, and analysis.

Graduate Program online application for Spring 2015 & Fall 2015 available: June 25, 2014

Danielle Griego“I really value the energy of the people in Boulder and in the Architectural Engineering Program. I felt like people were excited and motivated and energized about what they were learning, and had a passion about what they were doing beyond just getting their degree.”–Danielle Griego, building systems engineering
“My philosophy is to empower people to use their resources sustainably and solve problems for themselves.”–Josh Kearns, civil engineering