The Graduate School serves as the intellectual crossroads of the university. More than 5,750 graduate students from around the world come to CU Boulder to pursue graduate certificates, masters and doctoral degrees in 124 programs. We offer degrees across a full range of disciplines which alongside our robust interdisciplinary programs and institutes provide an outstanding environment in which to pursue graduate work.

Working with esteemed faculty and researchers our graduate students gain world-class expertise in their chosen field, providing them with the skills and tools to tackle some of the most complex and pressing issues of our time.  As they train to become the next generation of teachers, scholars, artists and researchers they directly support and contribute to the university’s strategic imperatives of shaping tomorrow’s leaders, being the top university for innovation, and positively impacting humanity.

The Graduate School ensures the quality of graduate education at the University of Colorado Boulder by facilitating educational innovations, providing guidance on best practices, and helping to grow and support a vibrant and diverse graduate student community. 

The Role of the Graduate School

The Graduate School works to promote academic excellence; advocates on behalf of graduate students; and fosters community across all graduate programs. Services provided by the Graduate School to faculty, staff, students and the broader community include:

  • Promote graduate education at a local, state, national and international level.
  • Provide quality control for all aspects of graduate education and establish policies and standards that define good practice in all graduate programs.
  • Represent the interests of CU Boulder's graduate and professional programs with the State of Colorado, federal government, federal labs, industry partners and the broader community.
  • Work with Graduate and Professional Student Government (GPSG) and other student groups to promote the interests of graduate students in areas such as student stipends, health care and support services.
  • Provide strategic planning and vision for graduate education at CU Boulder.
  • Fundraising for graduate education.
  • Internationalization of the CU Boulder campus.
  • Curriculum development within graduate programs.
  • New degree and certificate development for graduate programs