MCEDC trains engineers to work in partnership with people from developing communities worldwide to create sustainable solutions to meet their basic needs.  Students interested in community service and international development through EDC have several options in the Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering (CEAE) Department at CU-Boulder.

Undergraduate Curriculum

Graduate Curriculum

  • Starting in Fall 2016, students who are primarily interested in a non-research based degree with an emphasis on Engineering for Developing Communities  and professional skills that are vital to success in the field of engineering for development are encouraged to apply for the new professional Master's of Engineering degree.  This 10 course  program is intended to be a terminal degree that prepares students for the workforce in this exciting industry.  For full details, check out the Profefssional Master's Program webpage
  • Prospective graduate students interested in completing a traditional research-based MS or PhD program within Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering along with a Graduate Certificate in Engineering for Developing Communities should select their disciplinary group in step 5 of the admissions application (as described on the Professional Master's Program webpage) and must clearly note their interest in completing the EDC graduate certificate coursework within their statement of purpose (as described in the Admission Requirements section of the application process). Research opportunities in EDC topics may be limited and, therefore, disciplinary groups may have additional requirements for EDC track admission or degree completion.
  • Current graduate students in any department within the College of Engineering and Applied Science can earn a Graduate Certificate in Engineering for Developing Communities. To apply, students need to complete an EDC Graduate Certificate Application/Enrollment Form, obtain the signature of their faculty advisor, and submit the form to Robyn Sandekian in ECOT 532.  Note that the faculty advisor in the student's home department will determine which, if any, of the certificate courses will count towards the student's degree requirements.
  • Disciplinary groups within Civil Engineering that offer EDC tracks provide advising guides for students in those tracks.  The 2015-16 advising guides for Building Systems/Architectural Engineering, Civil Systems, Construction Engineering and Management, and Environmental Engineering will be linked here when they become available.

EDC is a recognized Western Regional Graduate Program

The EDC program is unique within the Western region of the United States, and offers residents of eligible WICHE-participating states a tuition benefit via the Western Regional Graduate Program. For more information about the WICHE WRGP, please see  Prospective graduate students who believe that they are eligible for this program should note this on their online application by marking the appropriate checkbox.  Significant documentation is required to verify eligibility, and that process is handled directly by the Tuition Classification division of the Office of the Registrar.

Other Relevant Activities at CU-Boulder

Graduate Certificate in Development Studies
Graduate Certificate Program in Environment, Policy and Society
Undergraduate Certificates in International Engineering
Certificate Programs in Renewable and Sustainable Energy
Institute for Ethical and Civic Engagement
INVST Community Studies
Natural Hazards Center
Office of International Education
Study Abroad Programs
Volunteer Clearing House

Other Relevant Courses at CU-Boulder

Here is a partial list of EDC-relevant courses offered at CU-Boulder that may be of interest. Use the course schedule website to determine if the course you are interested in will be offered in a particular semester.  CU-Boulder students can also view course schedules via