As one of the nation’s top-ranked Tier 1 research institutions, CU Boulder offers forward-thinking graduate programs that produce groundbreaking research, economic opportunity and a positive impact.

CU Boulder currently stands among the top 25 nationally for several of its graduate-level programs.

Current graduate rankings by U.S. News and World Report

Education, 29 

  • Elementary teacher education, 22 
  • Secondary teacher education, 18 
  • Curriculum and instruction, 23
  • Education policy, 15 

Engineering, 31

  • Aerospace/aeronautical/astronautical, 10 
  • Biological/agricultural, 17
  • Chemical, 15 
  • Civil, 21
  • Computer, 34 
  • Electrical/electronic/communications, 38 
  • Environmental/environmental health, 14 
  • Materials, 54 
  • Mechanical, 33

Law, 45 

  • Environmental, 8 
  • Health care, 76 
  • Intellectual property, 32 
  • International, 45
  • Tax, 55 
  • Trial advocacy, 89 
  • Legal writing, 52
  • Dispute resolution, 65
  • Clinical training, 74

Business, 79 

  • Part-time MBA, 44 

Biological Sciences, 33

Chemistry, 24

  • Physical, 10   

Computer Science, 40

Earth Sciences, 19

Mathematics, 47

Applied Mathematics, 14

Physics, 14

  • Atomic/molecular/optical, 2
  • Quantum, 6

Economics, 50

English, 35

History, 38

Political Science, 40

Psychology, 26

Sociology, 42

Audiology, 17

Clinical Psychology, 16

Fine Arts Program, 59

  • Ceramics, 5

Speech-language Pathology, 24


Notable Facts & Figures

  • 5 Nobel laureates
  • 9 MacArthur ‘genius grant’ fellows
  • Top 15 public university for entrepreneurship (U.S. News & World Report, 2019)
  • 850+ visiting international scholars
  • 4,200+ academic and research faculty
  • 5,700+ graduate students from 100+ countries
  • Top 30 in the world in education (Academic Ranking of World Universities, 2018)
  • 90 research centers
  • 11 research institutes
  • $511 million in research funding
  • Tier 1 research university
  • One of only 34 public research universities in the Association of American Universities
  • 30+ faculty and alumni with Grammy nominations
  • 51 Fulbright fellows since 2006
  • 20 Rhodes scholars

NOTE: Information is current as of July 23, 2019.