Connect across disciplines & cultures at DU
Graduate students play a key role in forming the culture of DU — our nearly 6,000 graduate students make up almost half of our student body.
Our graduate students have interests as different as combating climate change and building their professional skillsets. From the liberal arts to engineering, our students cross graduate programs and cultures to engage with real-world issues ranging from researching Parkinson's disease to discussing today's top foreign policy problems and combating restraining orders against activist groups.
Once you're admitted to a graduate program, log in to PioneerWeb to find information on orientation, deadlines and other requirements. We’ll send important dates and events to you by email. If you have questions, contact your program representative or graduate admissions.
Over 90% of graduate students (and over 95% of doctoral students) have their post-degree plans set within six months of graduation. We're proud to support that success by offering help with the job search process and connections with our network of 160,000 alumni.
Learning by Doing
Innovating HIV Prevention
DU PhD candidate Darren Whitfield explores how internalized racism and homophobia affect risky sexual behaviors among GBQSGL black men in order to innovate new HIV prevention tactics.
Love Lives of Crickets
Robin Tinghitella, a professor in DU’s Department of Biological Sciences, studies cricket courtship rituals. She uses mating habits as a hook for introducing students to the complexities of evolutionary biology.
Mapping the Past
Ryan Keeney, a graduate student in the Department of Geography and the Environment, created an interactive digital map that tracks Denver’s historic streetcar system from its inception in 1872 to its end in 1950. He also examined the ways in which Denver’s streetcar system helped frame the city’s current shape, exploring how streetcar lines contributed to neighborhood walkability and commercial development.
Keeney found the quiet, pedestrian-friendly commercial areas throughout Denver developed in tandem with the streetcar system. They've remained essential to their neighborhoods despite the end of streetcars as a public transit option. Keeney's map allows interested parties to zoom in on those areas, which he hopes will be of use to urban planners looking to improve walkability.
“Ryan’s project is completely original and provides urban planners and urban enthusiasts with an interactive resource that reveals early 20th century transportation and neighborhood history and its impact on today’s city,” says professor Eric Boschmann, Keeney's advisor.
Funding Your Education
In 2019, we awarded over $50 million in grants and scholarships to our graduate students. Our students also receive over $13 million in funding annually through graduate research and teaching assistantships.
Our Office of Financial Aid helps graduate students apply for federal grants and loans. Off campus, we support our students with research and professional development grants.