Graduate education

For more than 125 years the University of Colorado Boulder has provided an array of opportunities for students to pursue graduate-level education.

CU-Boulder established its first graduate program in 1883 when it began offering the degrees Master of Arts and Master of Science. Today CU graduate students work on groundbreaking research alongside Nobel laureates, former astronauts, trend-setting artists and musicians, climatologists, educators, civic leaders and many others.

Fanning out from campus labs to all corners of the world, CU graduate students conduct research on topics ranging from designing simple water purification systems in developing nations like Thailand, to studying Roman imperial architecture in Italy. With unlimited opportunities at their disposal, CU students are making their mark in the world.

The school's national reputation is also stellar. CU-Boulder's atomic/molecular/optical physics program was ranked No. 1 in the nation as one of seven CU-Boulder graduate programs ranked in the top 10 nationally. Numerous other programs placed in the top 50 in U.S. News & World Report's 2015 edition of America's Best Graduate Schools.

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BBA has been responsible for developing and promoting new professional master’s degrees at CU Boulder for both on-campus and distance students. These services will now be expanded to all graduate education. With this move, the Graduate School...

A physics group at CU-Boulder has figured out a way to make the ultimate in slow-motion movies. Using a new ultrafast optical microscope they developed, the team members are probing and visualizing the atomic scale at – get ready for this – more...

Pregnant and postpartum women at risk of depression are less likely to suffer depression when they meditate or get in a yoga pose than when they are treated with psychotherapy or antidepressants, a new study led by University of Colorado Boulder...

The full-time MBA program at CU-Boulder's Leeds School of Business is ranked No. 35 among public universities, up several spots from last year, in the ...

In recognition of national Constitution Day today, students and alumni of the University of Colorado Law School will teach constitutional lessons in high school classrooms across Colorado through Sept. 25.

About seven years ago, Rob Kemp had two encounters that changed his life.

The first was when a mentor at the university where he earned his bachelor’s degree pushed him to talk with a former CU-Boulder PhD student. Until then, Kemp hadn’t...

University of Colorado graduate programs hold dozens of spots in the latest annual rankings from U.S. News & World Report, whose survey spotlights excellence in higher education across the country.

While you might think a person shaking her phone or tablet from side to side is having issues with the device, she might actually be playing a game that has her mimicking a steering wheel motion as part of a language lesson.


Earlier this year, about 30 young Peruvian women walked as many as 10 hours to gather in Urubamba, a village located just south of the Incan sanctuary of Machu Picchu in Peru’s Sacred Valley.

University of Colorado Boulder graduate student Emi Tokuda is trying to find effective ways to battle melanoma, a notoriously drug-resistant disease that is responsible for 75 percent of all skin cancer-related deaths. She is the subject of one...


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JILA: people behind the scenes

What does it take to win a Nobel Prize? It turns out that a sense of humor helps. Meet some of the extraordinary scientists behind one of CU-Boulder's renowned joint institutes.

In the spirit of Peace Corps service

Why, for a decade, has CU-Boulder consistently ranked in the top four nationally for graduates serving in the Peace Corps?

Grad Student Proflie: MFA Artist Linda Lopez

MFA ceramics candidate Linda Lopez gives human characteristics to everyday inanimate objects. In this interview, she describes the grad student community at the University of Colorado Boulder.

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