University of Colorado Boulder

Boulder, CO

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The University of Colorado Boulder’s dynamic and diverse community of scholars and students work together on hands-on, real-world projects that merge experience and academia. As one of the nation’s top-ranked Tier 1 research institutions, CU Boulder offers more than 190 graduate programs across seven colleges and schools. 

College of Arts and Sciences
The College of Arts and Sciences thrives as the intellectual core of the University, conducting research, scholarship, creative work, and education in more than 45 graduate academic fields spanning the natural sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities. Our goal is to enable all our students to use their independent minds to have a collective impact.
• Five Nobel Laureates
25 members in the American Academy of Arts & Sciences
• Nine MacArthur Genius Grant winners
• Four National Medal of Science winners

College of Engineering and Applied Science
The students and faculty in our highly ranked College of Engineering and Applied Science advance the field of engineering by developing solutions that drive the economy, security, and quality of life in our state and nation. With a strong emphasis on innovation and entrepreneurship, the College prepares students to take on leadership positions, start businesses, and design solutions to global problems. Our cutting-edge programs ensure space for graduate students to develop a healthy work-life balance, enjoying all that Boulder has to offer.
Among the top 30 schools for "Best Undergraduate Engineering" | U.S. News & World Report, 2023
15+ local federal labs in partnership with CU Boulder
• 20 National Academy of Engineering members
• $97 million in research awards for the 2018 fiscal year

College of Media, Communication, and Information
CMCI offers forward-thinking programs that equip students with the knowledge, skills, and experience necessary to impact the ways we communicate and to do so as dynamic and innovative communicators. Our programs explore how to tell stories through data, words, strategy, and evolving forms of media. 
Six master’s degrees, seven doctoral degrees, and two graduate certificates
Largest collection of early 20th–21st century functioning media in North America

College of Music
The College of Music is dedicated to inspiring the highest levels of artistic pursuit and scholarly discovery in the academic landscape through the power of music. Be part of a community that’s building a brighter future for music in the coming century while ensuring students achieve success. We’re more than just Music—programs include Music and Composition, Performance, Technology, and Entrepreneurship.
30+ faculty and alumni with Grammy nominations
• 400+ musical events presented to the public each year
100% job placement for Music Education graduates
• Home to the first-ever university-
level US music entrepreneurship center

Colorado Law
Our supportive and diverse scholarly community inspires the pursuit of ideas, critical analysis, contemplation, and civic engagement. Join a top-tier law school that provides a comprehensive education, unique opportunities for hands-on learning, a strong public service tradition, compelling specializations and global interdisciplinary engagement, and an outstanding and dedicated faculty.
• Ranked #12 among the "Best Environmental Law Programs" | U.S. News & World Report, 2023
• Over 94% of students working summer legal jobs on average
8,000+ hours of public service volunteering
40+ annual conferences, roundtables, and events

Leeds School of Business
Join our community of innovative, principled business leaders and gain the analytical skills needed to succeed in a globally competitive marketplace. Leeds is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), representing the highest standard of accreditation for business schools worldwide.
• Ranked #38 aming the "Best Graduate Business Schools" | U.S. News & World Report, 2023
Among the top 75 "Best Business Schools & MBA Programs" in the country | Bloomberg Businessweek, 2023
• Ranked #22 among the "Best Part-Time MBA Programs"
| U.S. News & World Report, 2023

School of Education
Transform communities and lives through leadership. The School of Education is devoted to creating a community of thought leaders and engaged educators, researchers, and policymakers who make a positive impact on education and our surrounding communities. Be part of a community that values democracy, diversity, equity, and justice.
Ranked #41 among the "Best Graduate Education Schools" and #1 in Colorado | U.S. News & World Report, 2023
• Ranked #13 among the "Best Education Policy Programs" in the country
| U.S. News & World Report, 2023

Research and creative work
Research at CU Boulder encompasses thousands of scholarly, scientific, and creative endeavors at any given time, resulting in new knowledge, technologies, and creative work that advance the economy, culture, and health of Colorado, the nation, and the world.
• #1 public university recipient of NASA research
• 650 faculty and students involved in interdisciplinary bioscience research
• Top 3% worldwide for scholarly research citations
• 12 research institutes and 75 research centers

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297 Graduate Program Options Offered

Program Certificate Master's Doctorate
Campus Hybrid Online Campus Hybrid Online Campus Hybrid Online
Advertising/Public Relations          
Aerospace Engineering          
African American Studies                
African Studies                
Architectural/Construction Science              
Art History              
Art and Fine Arts                
Asian Studies            
Astronomy and Astrophysics                
Atmospheric Science              
Biological and Physical Sciences                
Biomedical Engineering            
Biomedical Science                
Botany and Plant Sciences                
Business-Management, MS/MA              
Cancer Biology & Oncology                
Cell & Molecular Biology                
Chemical Engineering              
Child & Human Development              
Civil Engineering              
Clinical Psychology                
Cognitive Science                
Communication Sci & Disorders                
Communication Studies              
Comparative Physiology              
Computer Graphics                
Computer Science          
Computer Security            
Conservation Biology                
Corporate Communication                
Corporate Education                
Creative Writing                
Criminal Justice                
Cultural & Demographic Studies                
Curriculum & Instruction              
Design - other              
Developmental Biology                
Developmental Psychology                
Economic Development                
Educational Foundations              
Educational Leadership                
Educational Policy              
Educational Research                
Electrical Engineering              
Elementary Education                
Engineering - General              
Engineering Management            
Environmental Education              
Environmental Engineering              
Environmental Management                
Environmental Policy                
Environmental Science                
Environmental Studies                
Evening MBA Programs              
Evolutionary Biology              
Executive MBA Programs              
Film Studies                
Food Science                
Food Studies                
Foreign Languages            
General MBA              
Geographic Information Systems              
Graphic Design                
Higher Education                
History Disciplines              
Human Physiology              
Human Resource Management                
Industrial Engineering                
Information Systems                
Information Technology                
International Affairs                
International Development                
International Relations                
International Studies                
International Trade                
JD / Law Programs                
Jewish Studies                
Journalism & Mass Media              
LLM's - Masters of Law                
Latin American Studies                
MBA - Accounting                
MBA - Engineering                
MBA - Finance                
MBA - Operations Management                
MBA - Organizational Studies                
MBA - Project Management              
MBA - Real Estate/Insurance                
MBA - Sustainability                
MBA - Taxation                
Marine Science              
Material Science              
Mechanical Engineering              
Media Studies                
Molecular Biosciences                
Museum Studies                
Mythology and Folklore              
Nanoscience & Technology                
Native Studies              
Ocean Engineering                
Organizational Studies & Leadership                
Project Management              
Psychology - General                
Public Policy                
Radio, Television, and Film              
Reading & Literacy              
Reading Master Teacher              
Reading Specialist              
Real Estate                
Religious Studies                
Resource Management                
Secondary Education                
Software Engineering              
Special Education                
Speech Pathology              
Structural Biology                
Student Affairs/Development                
Supply Chain Management            
Systems Engineering              
TESOL Education                
Taxation - Business                
Taxation - Law                
Teacher Certification              
Teaching Art              
Teaching Business              
Teaching English              
Teaching Foreign Language              
Teaching History              
Teaching Math              
Teaching Music              
Teaching Other Subjects              
Teaching Science              
Technical Communication              
Telecom and Networking                
Telecommunications Management              
Theater and Drama              
Transportation Eng/Mgmt                
Women's Studies              

Located in Boulder, CO

Located at the base of the Rocky Mountains, the city of Boulder is a leading force in research, technology, and innovation. CU Boulder sits in the heart of the city and produces some of the best and brightest in these fields. Our talented faculty, students, and alumni lead the way for the next generation by inspiring inventive, humanitarian, and social enterprises throughout Colorado, the United States, and the world.



Among the top 30 schools for "Best Undergraduate Engineering" | U.S. News & World Report, 2023


Ranked #12 among the "Best Environmental Law Programs" | U.S. News & World Report, 2023


Ranked #38 aming the "Best Graduate Business Schools" | U.S. News & World Report, 2023


Ranked #41 among the "Best Graduate Education Schools" and #1 in Colorado | U.S. News & World Report, 2023


#1 public university recipient of NASA research


Among the top 75 "Best Business Schools & MBA Programs" in the country | Bloomberg Businessweek, 2023

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• 50+ years of collaboration with local federal research labs and industry partners
• One of only 34 public research universities in the Association of American Universities
• 4,200+ academic and research faculty

Student Body

5,997 students






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