Engineering for Developing Communities

College of Engineering & Applied Science - Boulder



An online class is delivered 100% electronically using the internet or other computer-based methods. The teaching is conducted from a remote location through an online course learning management system or other online or electronic tools. Students have access to the teacher and classmates synchronously, asynchronously, or both. Online classes typically are term-based, but some may be offered in a self-paced format.

The Professional Master of Science with an EDC emphasis combines a specialized curriculum in global development theory and practice with competency in the professional skills needed by individuals who wish to work in the field of engineering for development.

How to Apply

To apply, students should follow this process on the university's online application:

  • Select Gradaute degree (as career),
  • then Collegeof Engineering and Applied Science (as program),
  • then Civil Engineering - Professional MS (as field of study),
  • the semester of desired admission,
  • then Engineering/Developing Communities (as the subplan), and finally
  • reiterate your intent to apply to the Master's level program.

Degree Requirements

Required pre-requisites for entry into the professional degree program in EDC include:

  • Minimum 3.00 GPA average for all undergraduate coursework
  • Completion of a four-year bachelor’s degree
  • Proof of English proficiency if native language is not English, as
  • demonstrated by submission of a TOEFL score of
  • 600 (paper-based) or 100 (internet-based) or an IELTA score of 7 or above
  • Math (four semesters) including Calculus, Linear Algebra, and
  • Differential Equations; equivalents of APPM 1350,
  • APPM 1360, APPM 2350, and APPM 2360 (CEAE department requirement)
  • Physics (two semesters); equivalents of PHYS 1110, PHYS 1120/1140 (laboratory)
  • Analytical Mechanics or “Statics” (one semester); equivalent of CVEN
  • 2121
  • Fluid Mechanics (one semester); equivalent of CVEN 3313
  • Prior work experience in a developing community, whether that is as a student or professional, is preferred.

Experience should be described within the student’s statement of purpose in
the application.