Ritchie About

At the Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science, we prepare our innovators and researchers through our coursework, our departments, and our opportunities for cutting edge research as an R1 institution.

We have three departments for technological advancement: Computer Science, Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Mechanical & Materials Engineering. With over 25 undergraduate and graduate degrees offered in areas of study like Mechanical Engineering, Game Development, and Computer Engineering, students follow their passions and expand their knowledge. 

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Building a Community

While at the Ritchie School, students get involved in their learning through avenues like research, internships, and student organizations, as well as our Innovation Labs and Machine Shop where students get hands-on experience creating and building community.  

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Bright Futures

The true mark of student success doesn’t rest solely on what they accomplish while at the Ritchie School. A real measure of our programs is where our students go upon graduating. Our graduates have gone on to companies like Amazon, Lockheed Martin, Google, and Facebook or they continue their academic journeys in our professional degree programs



Mission & Values

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    Our Mission

    Advancing technical and scientific knowledge and capabilities to improve quality of life for our global society

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    Our Vision

    We are a diverse learning and teaching community discovering creative solutions for healthy, global citizens living in a smart, sustainable world

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    Our Values

    We believe:

    • Students are the center of our academic programs
    • Students gain deeper knowledge through experiential learning
    • Inclusive excellence is essential to tapping into diverse talents, ways of thinking and working together
    • Collaboration across disciplines, boundaries and fields can lead to breakthroughs and innovation
    • Continuous innovation is essential to teaching and research
    • Creative thinking is fueled by an inquisitive nature and a quest for discovery
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    Joint ECE and MME Mission

    The joint mission of the Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and Mechanical and Materials Engineering (MME) at the undergraduate level is:

    • to offer programs that support and complement the mission of the University of Denver;
    • to provide a general undergraduate education in mechanical, computer and electrical engineering that prepare students for employment or graduate study;
    • to include interdisciplinary engineering work in all programs;
    • to encourage the professional development of the faculty, and
    • to foster the professional awareness of the students. 
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Strategic Plan

The School is at the forefront of inquiry and discovery to address societal goals locally, nationally, and internationally. Faculty are dedicated to collaborative, inclusive discovery, and knowledge creation. They work across disciplines within the school and around the DU campus while partnering with industry, government, and universities across the globe.

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  • University of Denver

    The University of Denver is accredited by the regional accreditation agency, the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. It provides assurance to the public that the institution meets the agency’s clearly stated requirements and criteria.

  • ABET Engineering Accreditation

    The Ritchie School’s bachelor of science degrees in computer, electrical, and mechanical engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (abet.org). ABET is a nonprofit, ISO 9001 certified organization that accredits college and university programs in applied and natural science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology. ABET has accredited over 4,300 programs at more than 850 institutions in 41 countries.

    Learn More About Our ABET Accreditation