University of Colorado - Boulder

Master of Science (MS) degree in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in Engineering for Developing Communities


ECOT 311, 530 UCB

University of Colorado, 478UCB

Boulder, CO 80309

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Science (MS) degree in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in Engineering for Developing Communities

Format: Hybrid

Program Description:

The Mortenson Center in Engineering for Developing Communities (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.

This program exposes engineers to human development issues within the context of the developing world and within the framework and limitations of an engineering degree program. Upon completion, graduates should be able to provide technical expertise to development agencies or other firms in a manner that recognizes the various technical and professional facets of community development that lead to sustainable solutions.

This degree program is new as of Fall 2016. Many of the courses required and/or suggested for degree completion come from a variety of disciplines such as civil engineering, engineering management, environmental studies, and more. Most of these courses are offered online and the offerings will expand in the future.


•    CU Professor Bernard Amadei founded the non-profit organization, Engineers Without Borders-USA, which now has more than 12,000 members working in 48 countries. 
•    We train engineers to recognize the issues at the core of developments challenges, and collaborate with partners across the CU Boulder campus and around the world. 
•    We supplement you with the tools to make your distance education pursuit a success. You’ll receive the same support and be provided with the same services as on-campus students. 
•    You’ll earn the same rigorous graduate degree or certificate as on-campus students— a degree from CU Boulder, with no mention of “online” or “distance”.


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Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999

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