PhD Civil Engineering

Graduate Education policies and procedures apply to this program.

The PhD degree in civil engineering is offered through a coordinated program with the University of Colorado Boulder.

Specialty Areas for Degrees:

  • Civil Engineering Systems
  • Construction Engineering and Management
  • Geomatics and Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Hydrologic, Environmental, and Sustainability Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Transportation Engineering

Note: The multidisciplinary engineering and applied science PhD is also offered through the Department of Civil Engineering.

What is Civil Engineering Systems?

The doctoral program in civil engineering systems has different rules than the four other traditional doctoral tracks in order to facilitate more interdisciplinary research. This doctoral track can be the degree that would follow a master of engineering.

Additional Doctoral Admissions Requirements

In addition to the admissions requirements listed for master's students, doctoral applicants need to have the support of a faculty advisor before they are admitted. Once doctoral students are approved by the graduate admissions committee, their application must be reviewed again by the Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering at CU Boulder as the programs are jointly administered. Prospective PhD students should contact the Department of Civil Engineering at CU Denver to inquire about application requirements and to obtain the "Rules and Policies for the Coordinated PhD Program."

Requests for applications for graduate study in civil engineering should be addressed to

CU Denver Department of Civil Engineering
Campus Box 113
P.O. Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364

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$19,391 Per Year

International student tuition fee

3 Years


Aug 2024

Start Month

Jul 2024

Application Deadline

Upcoming Intakes

  • August 2024
  • January 2025
  • August 2025

Mode of Study

  • Full Time