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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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...

Layne Jackson Hubbard, a CU-Boulder senior studying computer science and neuroscience, has a passion for solving problems and helping people -- not just individuals, but entire populations of people.

On a recent snow-free afternoon, a group of graduate students and their professor in the Department of Art and Art History gathered around two people standing in the courtyard of the Visual Arts Complex on...

Elihuu, a startup company whose slogan is “meet your manufacturer,” has met an investor -- a group of University of Colorado Boulder graduate students.

The students last week put $30,000 into Elihuu, an online software platform that...

Learn why PhD candidate Michael Chaffin chose CU-Boulder and why he thinks the only thing cooler than his job would be running a dinosour rodeo.


Seven University of Colorado Boulder aerospace engineering students are among 20 top students who will be recognized Nov. 14 with a new national award honoring tomorrow’s engineering leaders...

The 105th Distinguished Research Lecture will be presented on Oct. 18 at 3 p.m. in the Cristol Chemistry 140 auditorium. The Distinguished Research Lectureship is the highest honor bestowed upon a faculty member by the Graduate School....


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