The Master of Engineering (ME) degree program at UCCS was established in 1988, as an integrated program with the CU Boulder campus. On December 1, 1994, it was approved by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education as a stand-alone UCCS degree program. Since its inception in 1988, almost 800 students have earned their ME degree at UCCS.
ME Space Operations:
The Space Operations track began as an on campus program established in Spring 1988. In 1999, the program became a hybrid, with on campus lectures being videotaped and mailed to distance students at Johnson Space Center. As word of the program spread, the number of distance students continued to grow and VHS tapes were being mailed across the US and internationally as well. As technology continued to develop, VHS tapes became CDs, and ultimately all courses were offered online via the internet.
ME Engineering Management:
The Engineering Management track was approved by campus in 1996, for the 97/98 academic year. The first graduates of the program were in Fall 2000. At that time the program was an on campus program. Over the course of the next few years, the Engineering Management track became a hybrid program with some courses only being offered on campus and some only online. In 2012, the Engineering Management track was reorganized using guidelines and with domain content as established by The American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM). The Engineering Management program was now entirely online.
ME Systems Engineering:
The Systems Engineering track was developed with funding by a grant from the Colorado Commission on Higher Education (CCHE) in 2006, to address the needs of the military, aerospace, and technology-based industries of the Pikes Peak region. The program was developed with an entirely online modality. The first program students began taking courses in Fall 2006. In Spring 2008, the first Master of Engineering degrees in Systems Engineering were awarded.
ME Energy Engineering:
The Energy Engineering track was developed in 2013, in response to suggestions made by an engineer from the Colorado Springs Utilities that energy engineering was an underserved area of professional engineering graduate study. The curriculum was developed to provide working engineers the ability to carry out assignments relating to commercial energy system development and management in the built environment. The first cohort of students was admitted in the fall semester of 2014. The program is being delivered in an entirely online format.