Graduate Degrees

CU Denver offers many options for students who want to continue their education after earning a bachelor’s degree. From traditional master’s and doctoral programs to graduate certificates and accelerated master’s programs, our graduate studies help students continue their education, conduct further research, and improve career skills. Our graduate students work collaboratively with faculty who are consistently recognized for research that shapes our community, the nation, and the world.

CU Denver schools and colleges have developed master's, doctoral, and graduate certificate degrees for students studying on campus and online. CU Online offers 100% online degree programs, serving students across Colorado and throughout the country.

CU Denver Programs Rank Among Top 100 in the U.S. News 2022 Best Graduate Schools


School of Education & Human Development
overall ranking

85th

in the highly competitive field

College of Engineering, Design, and Computing
overall ranking

138th

Specialty programs ranked to be among the highest in the country

School of Public Affairs
overall ranking

28th

Six programs within the school ranked highly as well

Business School
overall ranking

100th

Second best public business school in Colorado

Master’s and Doctoral Programs 

At CU Denver, graduate students can choose from more than 50 master’s programs. We also offer doctoral degrees in 14 different programs. Additionally, we collaborate with CU Anschutz Medical Campus on combined programs in diverse health care fields, including health ethics and bioengineering.


Earn six different MBA or 10 MS degrees

at the Business School located in the heart of the downtown business district.


Advance your career as an educator or mental health professional

at the  School of Education & Human Development.


Enroll in nationally ranked master’s programs or pursue a PhD

in the  School of Public Affairs.


Choose interdisciplinary studies and pathways to high-demand health careers

in the College of Liberal Arts and Science.


Gain professional skills to plan communities, buildings, and landscapes

at the College of Architecture and Planning—the only school in Colorado to offer accredited degrees in architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning.


Launch a career in recording arts or media forensics

with a master’s degree from the College of Arts & Media.


Solve real-world problems

with a graduate degree from the College of Engineering, Design and Computing.

CU Denver was one of the schools that had an urban design program that I’d heard a lot about. I really liked that, whatever we are going to learn in the college is going to be for the city of Denver.
Anshu Darbari, Class of 2020

Anshu Darbari

Master of Urban Design '20
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