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Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering & Computer Science Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering

Mechanical and Materials Engineering

Graduate Program

Information regarding the unique program experience, the online application process and application requirements can be found below.

Why Choose DU?

Emphasis on Cross-disciplinary Knowledge
  • Graduates have the option of courses-only or thesis-option degrees.
  • Our multi-disciplinary education and research programs anticipate technological trends in research and industry.
  • Our MS and PhD students join the faculty in conducting leading-edge research in emerging disciplines in mechanical, materials science, bioengineering, and nanoscale science and engineering degree programs.  
Excellent Graduate Student Research Experience
  • Our students are taught by, and have the opportunity to work with, nationally and internationally recognized faculty on their most cutting-edge research.
Well-equipped Laboratories
Our well-equipped laboratories contain state-of-the-art equipment and software to support research in:
  • biomedical engineering,
  • advanced materials,
  • atmospheric aerosol science, and
  • mechanical design 
Small Class Size
  • Our faculty-taught graduate class sizes average 10-15 students; allowing us to best serve our students and their individual educational goals.
Joint Degree Programs
  • management and engineering for students who wish to add to their technical skills and acquire business skills;
  • computer science and engineering for those who desire expertise in both areas;
  • nanoscale science and engineering for those who desire practical training in this rapidly growing field; and in
  • materials science for those needing in-depth expertise on modern and advanced materials.
Our Location within Denver
  • Denver is a first-rate location for business, governmental and laboratory partnerships, and technology employment.
  • The Colorado Front Range is consistently rated as one of the top high-tech areas in the country.
  • DU is located in south metro-Denver and just minutes from the Denver Technological Center, site of many top technology companies.
  • We are committed to active collaboration with these industry leaders. As a result, our students graduate with relevant research experience and a network of employment contacts in the technology sector.

Application Information


We recommend PhD applicants contact faculty to find a research advisor BEFORE submitting the application.   If we receive an application and there is no research advisor commitment, we will consider the applicant for the master's program only.

To learn more about the faculty research being conducted, a list of our most recent grants and faculty contact information can be found on our Research tab.

  • To apply for acceptance into the engineering program, you must apply online.  If you are unable to apply online, contact the Graduate Admissions office at to request a paper application mailed directly to you.
  • The MME Department accepts applications on a rolling admissions basis, and students are admitted for the fall, winter and spring quarters. International students, please begin at least three months before your desired term of entry to allow enough time for the application process. 
  • For detailed information regarding the application process, please visit the Graduate Admissions website.  
  • Links to the University's applications and instructions for both domestic and international students are available on the Graduate Admissions web page.
  • Please note that a non-refundable application fee of $65 is required of all applicants and cannot be waived. Only those applications received with the fee will be processed. Applications received without the fee will not be considered complete and will not be processed.
  • Due to the high volume of applications we receive, we do not prescreen interested applicants.
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Resume (for Ph.D. applicants)
  • Email addresses of three referrals for your letters of recommendation
  • You will need to order one (1) official transcript from each collegiate institution where more than two credits have been completed. These transcripts must be mailed directly to the University of Denver Graduate Admissions office.
  • GRE Scores.  Our GRE score requirements are a minimum score of 140 verbal AND 154 quantitative. GRE scores are waived for applicants where the GRE testing is not readily available.  GRE scores are good for 5 years.  If your scores are older than 5 years you will be required to submit new scores.
  • TOEFL/IELTS:  If English is a second language for you, a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (80 internet) or IELTS score of 6.0 is required. Applicants with scores older than two years will have to retake the TOEFL/IELTS or will be given an English Language Conditional Admission (ECA). Non-native English speakers who hold a post-secondary degree from an institution where English is the only language of instruction and examination or who hold a regionally accredited baccalaureate degree from a U.S. institution are exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement. However, they will still be required to take the English Assessment test once they arrive at DU prior to beginning their degree program.

Applicants are offered admission based on many criteria that include the applicant's overall academic background, test scores (where applicable), statement of purpose, recommendation letters, and transcripts. All of these criteria are used in the evaluation of an applicant's potential for success in the graduate program.


Please submit your application and request your transcripts, GRE (if not waived), and TOEFL scores 10-12 weeks before the beginning of the quarter for which you are applying.


  • If you cannot submit a TOEFL score of 550 (80 internet) or an IELTS score of 6.0, you may still apply to our program as an English Conditional Admission (ECA).
  • If you are accepted into the program, you will first need to attend DU's English Language Center (ELC) and successfully complete intensive English courses through Graduate Preparation Program (Level 6) (or submit an appropriate TOEFL/IELTS score) before matriculating into your graduate degree program. 
  • If you retake the TOFEL or IELTS exams prior to matriculation, and obtain a passing score, you must provide the Office of Graduate Studies the official score report and take and pass the English assessment test that is given to all incoming international students. The official test scores must be received no later than 3 weeks prior to the beginning of the term.

We do not currently have department scholarships for graduate students.  You may contact the Office of Financial Aid regarding possible University scholarships and funding.    

The MS and PhD degrees are research degrees with specific areas of interest. Teaching Assistantships (GTA) or Research Assistantships (GRA) provide financial assistance for graduate students pursuing the MS thesis option or PhD degrees. Full-time assistantships have a full-time monthly stipend and cover full tuition and health and counseling fees for the year. Part-time assistantships have a part-time monthly stipend and cover up to half of the tuition costs for the year. These are offered on a yearly basis. All assistantships require student be on the thesis/dissertation track. 


  • GRAs are awarded at the faculty level not the Department level.
  • GRA funding is dependent on your advising faculty member and their available funding.
  • Students must show the faculty a competency in research and an interest in a particular research area in order to be considered for assistantships.
  • To find out more about our individual faculty members and their research areas please visit the Department Directory. You may contact our faculty members either by email or by phone.


  • GTAs are awarded by the MME Department.  
  • All students wishing to apply for a GTA must submit a graduate application by February 17th to be considered for the following academic year. GTA applications are sent out with acceptance letters.  
  • We begin making our GTA assignments in April.  
  • International GTA applicants must demonstrate fluency in spoken English by scoring a minimum of 26 on the TOEFL (iBT) exam speaking section, an IELTS score of 8 on the speaking section, or a minimum of 50 on the Test of Spoken English (TSE).  The speaking section of the iBT has replaced the TSE exam in most countries. Copies of these scores must be submitted with the application.
  • International students should expect to be self-financed for at least their first year of attendance. GTA positions are not normally granted to first-year international graduate students unless students show exceptional capability in this area. However, over 75% of our graduate students receive financial support.
  • Once accepted, you may defer your entry up to 1 year from your acceptance quarter.
  • You must pay the deposit before your deferral request will be processed and request the deferral before the beginning of your acceptance quarter.
  • If you do not request your deferral before your expected matriculation date, you will be required to reapply.

New– One-year Master's Degree Track

  • We now offer our same, respected, classes-only master's degree, in a one-year format for people wanting to enhance their skills and credentials, but do so relatively quickly, saving both time and money.
  • The one-year MS option works with our Engineering, Engineering with a Concentration in Management, Mechanical Engineering, and Materials Science programs. In some cases, the one-year MS option will also work with our Bioengineering program.
  • For more information about our new program click here.