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Graduate Schools and Colleges

Achieve a higher degree of excellence.

Delve deeper into your chosen field of study through DU's 14 nationally acclaimed graduate schools and colleges. Each offers a wide range of innovative degree programs that are structured to equip you with precisely the skills and expertise you need. You'll complete your degree ready to confront challenges and pursue opportunities that will promote progress-and create positive change.

Graduate and Professional Programs

Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science

Learn cutting-edge, interdisciplinary approaches to study and research in fields of advanced integrative technologies. With internationally recognized programs spanning from design to commercialization, you'll work with faculty in mechatronics and computer science systems engineering, where you'll learn to develop active medical devices, self-morphing autonomous structures, rescue robots and secure information systems.

You may also select from diverse and exciting interdisciplinary degrees offered in conjunction with the School of Natural Sciences and Math, including nanoscale science and engineering and materials science, which address areas such as nanofabrication and composite materials for aerospace systems. In every program, you'll find yourself on the forefront of exploring and discovering advanced technology solutions for the today's global society.

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Daniels College of Business

With more than a century-long tradition of excellence and innovation, Daniels will prepare you to advance in business and make a meaningful difference in the world. Through Daniels' MBA, specialized master's and executive programs, you'll receive rigorous training in business fundamentals coupled with values-based leadership and ethical decision-making. Just as important, you'll gain hands-on, highly relevant business experience through simulations, practicum projects and international trips that will ensure you are business-sharp, field-tested and future-ready. Daniels ranks as one of the top business schools in the world according to Business Week, U.S. News and World Report, and the Financial Times.

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Divisions of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Prepare to become a leading expert or artist in the information society through intense study and practice at the Division of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

While earning a concentration that reflects your specific coursework and research, pursue a doctoral degree in:

  • English
  • Communication studies
  • Psychology

You also may select from fields of focused study and professional training at the master's level in a variety of areas, including:

  • Anthropology
  • Art and art history
  • Communication
  • Economics
  • English
  • Media, film and journalism studies
  • Music
  • Psychology
  • Public policy
  • Religious studies
  • Strategic communication

Areas of special emphasis range from archeology and museum studies to video production and music theory.

Or, consider a degree in international and intercultural communication, or advertising management, which are offered in collaboration with other DU graduate schools.

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Divisions of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Pursue an advanced degree in biology, chemistry and biochemistry, geography, mathematics, physics or astronomy in a cutting-edge environment that encourages discovery and exploration through hands-on research and innovation. You can also explore compelling interdisciplinary degree options, including GIS, nanoscale science and engineering, and biophysics. In every program, you'll receive applied training that equips you with your field's latest tools and technology to enrich your studies and enhance your understanding of key scientific and mathematical concepts.

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Josef Korbel School of International Studies

Ranked among the top 12 international studies programs in the world, the Korbel School will prepare you for current and emerging opportunities in our globalizing world. Through its innovative Washington Program, for example, you'll combine course work and intensive internships in the nation's capitol, where you'll interact with government officials concerned with the full range of transnational issues.

You may also pursue degrees through the new interdisciplinary master's program in development practice. Or, delve into the security field in leading-edge programs offered through our Centers of International Security and Diplomacy, Conflict Resolution, Globalization and Security, and Sustainable Development and International Peace.

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Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP)

Find yourself on the cutting edge of professional psychology practice with a clinical, applied degree from the GSPP. You'll benefit from our focus on fieldwork, collaborative learning environment and strong emphasis on individualized mentoring relationships between students, faculty and clinical supervisors.

Through the clinical psychology doctoral degree (PsyD) program, which has been APA-accredited for more than 30 years, you'll benefit from an intensive focus on professional training at our on-site community mental health clinic. As a PsyD student, you'll also have the opportunity to participate in our exclusive internship consortium, which offers pre-doctoral training during your internship year.

For a more specialized educational experience, you can select from master's degree programs in forensic psychology, international disaster psychology or sport and performance psychology.

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Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW)

Transform your passion for service and civic engagement into a rewarding career through the graduate programs at the GSSW. Its highly ranked Master of Social Work (MSW) program offers specializations in clinical or community practice, as well as innovative certificates in animal-assisted social work, couples and family therapy, interpersonal trauma studies and social work with Latinos/as. A one-year advanced standing option is available to students with a BSW degree.

Through GSSW's Four Corners MSW program, you can earn the MSW degree on location in Durango, CO, through a unique curriculum tailored to address the specific community and tribal needs of the Four Corners region. You can also earn your MSW in Glenwood Springs through our Western Colorado MSW Program, which is helping to meet the human services needs of Colorado's rural and mountain communities. You may also pursue a theory- and research-oriented PhD through one of the oldest social work doctoral programs in the nation.

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Graduate Tax Program

A degree from DU's Graduate Tax Program gives you a foundation for success like no other. One of the nation's oldest and largest master's programs in taxation, the Graduate Tax Program enables accountants and attorneys to study side-by-side?a rare opportunity that will enhance your studies and knowledge base.

Graduates of accredited law schools who successfully complete the program receive the LLM in Taxation degree. All others receive the Master of Taxation (MT) degree. The program's tradition of excellence is demonstrated each year by student success in the Deloitte Tax Case Study Competition, a national challenge in which Graduate Tax Program student teams have always made the finals, and placed either first or second in seven of the past nine years.

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Morgridge College of Education (MCE)

The Morgridge College of Education is committed to being a force for positive change in Colorado's education, mental health and information services and systems. Choose from a variety of PhD and master's degree programs as well as education certificates from the MCE. Your studies here will prepare you for a rewarding career using the most current techniques and research available for teachers, psychologists and information specialists. As part of every program's curriculum, you'll engage in numerous community-based projects with schools, libraries and nonprofit agencies.

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The Sturm College of Law

A top-100 law school, Sturm offers nationally ranked programs in environmental and natural resources law, international law and tax law. You'll garner valuable insight and perspective by working closely with professors, many of whom are former litigators. You'll also benefit from hands-on experience working at our Student Law Office, which has provided a wide range of legal services to clients in poor and underserved communities for more than a century.

In additional to traditional degree programs, Sturm offers substantive law courses?some of which cannot be found anywhere else in the nation?in Spanish and Russian. You'll also find a number of unique writing courses, including those that focus on negotiating and drafting agreements.

A hallmark of innovation as well as tradition, Sturm is the first law school in the nation to earn certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

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University College

The professional and continuing studies offered at University College provide educational experiences specifically designed for busy adults. Our faculty and staff understand the challenges of balancing family, work and school, and offer both online and evening classes. Select from 10 graduate programs, 39 graduate certificates, a bachelor's completion program and personal enrichment programs. With every graduate program, you'll find career-relevant courses that integrate applied content and effective instruction to prepare you for career advancement and professional growth.

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Iliff School of Theology

DU/Iliff Joint PhD Program in the Study of Religion

Prepares you to teach in a variety of settings by helping you to interweave diverse academic regimens and religious and theological studies.

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Interdisciplinary Degree Programs

Pursue advanced education in emerging fields of study or within specialized industries. Taught by internationally respected faculty and top industry professionals, DU's interdisciplinary graduate degree programs provide leading-edge practices, strategies and techniques to help you excel in your field. Among these unique programs are:

  • The Conflict Resolution Institute Instructs you on techniques to untangle tensions ranging from terrorism to school bullying. Whether you're seeking a career in management, counseling, negotiation or mediation, you'll learn theories and practical problem-solving techniques that you can apply to diplomacy, family disputes and the workplace.
  • Intermodal Transportation Institute Teaches transportation industry executives revolutionary approaches to current and emerging industry issues.
  • International and Intercultural Communication Helps you form a strong theoretical and applied foundation, while learning the nuances of the global environment, through courses in anthropology, foreign languages and literature, business, education and other areas.
  • Graduate Tax Program Offers graduates of accredited law schools who successfully complete the program an LL.M. in Taxation. All other candidates receive a Master of Taxation (M.T.). Both degrees are awarded upon the joint recommendation of the faculties of the College of Law and Daniels College of Business.
  • Nanoscale Science and Engineering Shares faculty and other resources with existing graduate programs in NSM and SECS. In order to make it easier for students to migrate between different programs, the program is structured similarly to other existing graduate programs in NSM and SECS.
  • Master of Science in Computer Science and Engineering Allows more of a hardware emphasis than exists in traditional computer science MS degrees and more of a software emphasis than existing engineering MS degrees. Get detailed information about this unique program from the Department of Engineering.