Graduate Schools in Denver
Graduate schools in Denver could make you literally feel on top of cloud nine as you earn your Master's or Doctorate degree.
Nicknamed the Mile High City, Denver’s official elevation is exactly one mile (5,280 feet) above sea level.
Denver's ideal location, nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, makes it easy to enjoy cultured city life as well as explore the great outdoors in the Rocky Mountains!
Popular Graduate Programs in Denver
Browse popular graduate programs from our sponsored schools in and near Denver.
written by Rana Waxman
Graduate Schools in Denver, Colorado
There are numerous Graduate Schools in Denver to consider. Below is a compiled list of five sponsored Denver Universities to look through.
What to Study in Denver
There are many universities in Denver and therefore, an array of graduate programs to choose from. What to study at the graduate level in Denver? Not surprisingly, some of the major industries in Denver include Aerospace, Telecommunications, and Technology.
Also, there are federal agencies that have offices or are based in the capital city. Consequently, several companies related to US defense and space projects are located in this area and may be good targets for an internship or employment.
Of course, this could also provide a great backdrop to earn a Masters degree in Aerospace Engineering at University of Colorado – Boulder or a Master of Science in Information Assurance at Regis University. Both are partner schools.
Denver is also innovative and entrepreneurial. A pioneer in the fast-casual restaurant industry, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Quiznos and Smashburger were founded and headquartered in Denver.viiiTherefore many graduate schools in Denver may offer business, management and finance graduate programs which may tie into local partnerships.
MBA Programs in Denver
Earn an MBA in Denver. The University of Denver, a partner school, offers a program called the Denver MBA which is a set of four business challenges (enterprise, social good, corporate and global). Each one is completed by small student teams alongside a faculty advisor, business professional and personal coach.
MBA students could either customize their studies with the guidance of faculty advisors or choose one of the areas of emphasis offered.
- Accounting students could take courses in assurance, taxation, information technology and business valuation
- Finance students might master analytical tools and financial principles and could focus on corporate finance or investment banking
- Business Analytics students could study the three pillars of business intelligence: data, analytics and business
- Marketing majors might choose to focus on brand management or digital marketing
- Real Estate and the Built Environment students focus on all aspects of the project life cycle. Coursework could highlight real estate, property development or integrated project delivery
Compare that with an Executive MBA at Colorado State University or a Master of Science in Management at Colorado Technical University. Both of these partner schools have online MBA formats as well.
Computer Science Masters Programs in Denver
Earn a Master of Computer Science in Denver. Denver's location on the 105th meridian at over one mile (1.6 km) in elevation also enables it to be the largest city in the U.S. to offer a "one-bounce" real-time satellite uplink to six continents in the same business day. vii That takes some serious programming skills.
Two potential directions are a Master of Science in Data Science and Master of Science in Computer Science.
Lewis University, a partner school, has an online Data Science Masters program where students could develop skills in data mining, data visualization, predictive analysis, and data management. Students could also tailor their studies through an emphasis.
- Computational Biology and Bioinformatics: looks at data analysis from the lens of biology. Students might learn to use data mining to design custom pharmaceuticals, track the spread of disease, and understand and apply genomic data
- Computer Science: an approach that looks at data analysis from a programming point of view. Students could learn to create large-scale data storage systems. Coursework could include cyber security basics, encryption and artificial intelligence
Compare with other programs such as a Master of Science in Computer Science at Colorado Technical University (CTU), a partner school. Their program analyzes computer science in three concentration areas—software engineering, security and database management systems. CTU also offers a Doctor of Computer Science with several areas of emphasis.
MSW Programs in Denver
Earn a Master of Social Work (MSW) in Denver. MSW programs in Denver are offered online and on campus through schools such as the University of Denver, a partner school. Their MSW program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). There are several locations to choose from – Denver, Durango, or Glenwood Springs.
Students typically attend class and supervised field instruction at the same time when they pursue a specific area of emphasis. Denver campus students have a choice of eight concentrations and could choose from more than 600 field internship options.
Areas of emphasis in the Denver location range from child welfare to mental health and sustainable development. They also offer a unique program called PROGRESS (Providing Real Opportunities for Gero-Rich Experience in Social Work Services). This program is geared toward MSW students interested in geriatric social work.
Why Attend Grad School in Denver, Colorado?
Denver has come a long way from its Wild West days. Based on a 2016 U.S. News and World Report study, Denver takes a silver medal with an overall 7.5 score for things like quality of life.i
Founded in the mid 1800’s, Denver did start out as a gold mining hub. A frontier town, Denver’s economy was that of a service provider to local miners. Gambling, saloons, livestock and goods, that is.
Today, Denver stands proud as the capital and most populous municipality of the state of Colorado. Not to mention one of the 20 fastest growing cities in the US per 2016 Census data.ii
Modern Denver is home to many nationally recognized museums and has the second largest Performing Arts Center in the nation after Lincoln Center in New York City.iii
Plus, its relatively central location maintains Denver’s status as a distribution center. For instance, several mining and energy companies sprung up in the area, which makes the energy industry another staple of Denver's economy. So, whether you want to study economics in Denver, or hope to land in a place with potential opportunity, Forbes would approve. iv
Neighborhood Life in Denver
Denver is an outdoor city with an energetic, walkable downtown and about 78 official neighborhoods. Generally, the neighborhoods closest to the city center are older while as you go a bit further out, there is more modern construction.
Residents use the terms "north", "south", "east", and "west" to refer to what part of Denver they live in, and each neighborhood has its distinct features.
- Five Points Neighborhood is one of the oldest and more diverse districts. It was known as the "Harlem of the West" because it was a frequent stop for jazz greats such as Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong and Miles Davis. They played clubs like the Rossonian and the Rainbow Room
- The Art District on Santa Fe is one of Colorado's designated Creative Districts. It has more than 30 art galleries, studios and innovative businesses and authentic Mexican food
- Capitol Hill and Golden Triangle Creative District offers a vibrant mix of arts, culture and Colorado history. Check out the food trucks and live music at Civic Center Park, or head to the Denver Art Museum for some culture
- LoDo (Lower Downtown) is where historic Victorian buildings now house restaurants, galleries, shops, bars, brewpubs and coffee houses. Check out the newly renovated 1914 Beaux-Arts train station (Denver Union Station) for a bite or a beverage
Whether on foot, by car, bike, bus or light rail, there are plenty of options for getting around Denver. There’s also the MallRide, which is a free hybrid vehicle that scoots up and down the 16-block tree-lined retail core of downtown Denver. Plus, most of Denver has a straightforward grid system.
DID YOU KNOW?
Denver is one of the 20 fastest growing cities in the US per 2016 Census data.ii
Enjoy the Four Seasons in Denver
Denver has four distinct seasons though the weather is subject to sudden changes because of its location on the eastern edge of the Rocky Mountains.
To give you a sense of the weather, December is said to be the coldest month of the year, with a daily average temperature of 29.9 °F. Summers range from mild to hot with occasional, possibly severe, afternoon thunderstorms and high temperatures reaching 90 °F.
Winter is a great time to experience what some say is the world’s largest après ski town.vi Denver is about two hours or less from most Front Range Ski Areas such as Vail, Winter Park, Arapahoe Basin, Winter Park and Breckenridge and only a 3 hour drive to Ski Town USA Steamboat Springs. Snow is also fairly common through early Spring.
Experience the Outdoors in Denver
Denver is a super-fit city. It's also only a one hour drive from the Rocky Mountains. This makes for spectacular scenery if you are out and about town or have some time for adventure. Or just want to earn a Masters in Tourism Management. Where else could you take a zip line tour or mountain bike ride in the morning and write a research paper in the afternoon?
Either way, there are many ways to enjoy the outdoors in Denver whether you like to kayak, walk, blade, swim, ski or hike. Here are seven things to pack gear for. vii
- Kayak in Confluence Park, minutes from Downtown
- Cycle on 85 miles of bike rides – you could bring your own or use Denver B-cycle
- Walk the mile-high trail in City Park
- Hike and Bike the Trading Post trail at Red Rocks Park
- Ride a ski train from the city to the slopes of Colorado
- Look for bald eagles at the Rock Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge
- Go white water rafting in Idaho Springs, about 30 minutes from Denver
Of course, if you prefer spectator sports, Denver has that too. Think – Denver Broncos if you are a football fan.
Expand Your Taste Buds in Denver
Denver’s food scene represents its strong Mexican American heritage among other flavors.
While there, try a Colorado burrito, Southwest omelets, chile rellenos and tamales or pick up a breakfast burrito before class. Local foodies also love a great steak, a jalapeno cream cheese burger, tiger wings, kale salad, rainbow trout and Rocky Mountain oysters.
Prefer to sip? Denver is a great place for coffee shops, and many places have locally roasted beans for your morning java. Beer fans may know that there are about 100 brewpubs, breweries and tap rooms in Denver’s metro area. You could even download a copy of the ‘Denver Beer Trail’ and try to cross all 35 places off your beer buff’s bucket list. But you could also take in the wineries right in the metro area.
The Music Scene in Denver
For music lovers, Denver is home to the Red Rock Amphitheater, where you could listen to concerts in the open-air. The height of the amphitheater is about 6,540 feet so from a geological stand point – wow. Its walls have heard the sounds of the Beatles, U2, Depeche Mode, the Grateful Dead and, of course, John Denver among others.
Denver based artists include The Fray and The Lumineers. Perhaps the great air will inspire you to earn a Master in Music at a local university such as The Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver (a partner school). Or just meet with friends to take in a show.
Choose a University in Denver for Your Graduate Degree
Use the on-page tools to easily find and apply to graduate schools in Denver Colorado. Filter to find the subject, format and degree level, then scroll through sponsored programs that align with your preferences.
[i] realestate.usnews.com/places/rankings/best-places-to-live | [ii] factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?src=[iii] en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denver#Culture_and_contemporary_life | [iv] forbes.com/places/co/denver/ | [v] books.google.com/books?id=FY35-noly_IC&pg=PA309&dq=origin+of+Denver+Boot#v=onepage&q=origin%20of%20Denver%20Boot&f=false | [vi] denver.org/things-to-do/fall-winter/winter-fun/| [vii] denver.org/things-to-do/family-friendly/outdoor-adventures/ | [viii] en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denver#Economy
University of DenverMaster of Science in Data Science Master of Library and Information Science MBA Master of Social Work
University of Colorado DenverMaster of Science in Global Energy Management
Colorado Technical UniversityMaster of Business Administration - Finance Master of Science in Management - Information Technology and Project Management Master of Science in Criminal Justice Master of Science in Information Technology - Network Management Doctor of Management - Environmental and Social Sustainability (Executive Format) Doctor of Management - Global Leadership (Executive Format) Master of Business Administration - Project Management Master of Science in Management - Organizational Leadership and Change Master of Science in Homeland Security - Cybersecurity Policy Doctor of Management - Organizational Development and Change (Executive Format) Master of Business Administration Master of Business Administration - Global Leadership Master of Science in Nursing - Nursing Administration Master of Science in Information Technology - Project Management Master of Science in Management - Project Management Master of Science in Nursing - Nursing Education Doctor of Management - Higher Education Teaching and Learning Master of Business Administration - Marketing Master of Business Administration - Data Analytics Doctor of Management - Nonprofit Leadership (Executive Format) Master of Science in Management - Public Administration Doctor of Management - Healthcare Management and Leadership (Executive Format) Doctor of Management - Private Sector Higher Education Leadership Master of Science in Computer Science - Software Engineering Master of Business Administration - Logistics Management
Colorado State UniversityHigher Education Leadership - Ph.D. Master of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology (M.F.W.C.B.) Natural Resource Stewardship (M.N.R.S.) Organizational Learning, Performance, and Change M.Ed Master of Applied Industrial Organizational Psychology (M.A.I.O.P.) Kodaly Music Education (M.M.) Systems Engineering Extension Education – (M.Ext.Ed.) Mechanical Engineering Adult Education and Training (AET) Master of Applied Statistics (MAS) Master of Natural Sciences Education Electrical Engineering - ME & MS Computer Engineering – M.E. & M.S. Master of Computer Science (M.C.S.) Master of Agriculture in Integrated Resource Management Master of Tourism Management (M.T.M.) Master's in Civil Engineering Natural Resources Stewardship/Rangeland Ecology and Management (M.N.R.S.) Master's in Biomedical Engineering Natural Resource Stewardship/Ecological Restoration (M.N.R.S.) Master of Science in Student Affairs in Higher Education (M.S.) Master of Arts Leadership and Cultural Management (M.A.L.C.M.)
Colorado Christian UniversityTheological Studies, M.A. Criminal Justice, M.S. Business Administration, MBA - Emphasis in Leadership Biblical Studies, M.A. Business Administration, MBA - Emphasis in Health Care Administration Educational Leadership, M.Ed. without Licensure Curriculum and Instruction, MA Curriculum and Instruction, M.A. - Emphasis in Biblical Studies Curriculum and Instruction, M.A. - Emphasis in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Accounting, M.S. Business Administration, MBA - Emphasis in Advanced Accounting Nursing, MSN - Emphasis in Nursing Education Counseling, M.A. Special Education, M.Ed. - Emphasis in Alternative Licensing Organizational Leadership, MOL Master of Education in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education Cyber Security, M.S. Business Administration, MBA - Emphasis in Project Management Nursing, MSN - Emphasis in Clinical Care Management in Adult and Geriatric Curriculum and Instruction, M.A. - Emphasis in Alternative Licensing Public Administration, MPA Educational Leadership, M.Ed. with Principal Licensure Counseling, M.A. Online Special Education, M.Ed. with Licensure Doctor of Nursing Practice in Visionary Leadership
University of Colorado - BoulderComputational Linguistics, Analytics and Search Informatics Engineering Management Computer Science Aerospace Engineering Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Electrical and Computer Engineering Graduate Certificate in Renewable and Sustainable Energy MA in Curriculum & Instruction: Math & Science
Northcentral UniversityDoctor of Criminal Justice - Policing Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration - Homeland Security - Leadership & Policy Education Specialist - Global Training and Development Doctor of Philosophy in Organizational Leadership Doctor of Business Administration - Management Doctor of Business Administration - General Business Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology - Mental Health Policy and Practice Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration - International Business Doctor of Education - Global Training and Development Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology - Gerontology Doctor of Business Administration - Criminal Justice Doctor of Education - Instructional Leadership Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology - Gender Diversity Studies Doctor of Criminal Justice - Homeland Security Doctor of Education - Organizational Leadership Education Specialist - Curriculum and Teaching Doctor of Business Administration - Marketing Doctor of Business Administration - Public Administration Education Specialist - English Language Learning Education Specialist - Learning Analytics in K-12 Education Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration - Organizational Leadership Doctorate of Marriage & Family Therapy - Mental Health Administration PhD in Psychology - Industrial Organizational Psychology Doctor of Philosophy in Education - Global Training and Development
Jones International UniversityMBA in Finance MBA in Project Management MEd in Elementary Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment: Teacher Licensure MBA in Leading the Customer-Driven Organization MA in Business Communication - Leadership and Influence MEd in Education Leadership and Administration MBA in Global Enterprise Management MEd in Elementary Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment MEd in Education Leadership and Administration: Principal and Administrator Licensure MBA in Accounting MBA in Entrepreneurship MA in Business Communication - Project Management MEd in e-Learning Technology and Design MBA in Negotiation and Conflict Management MBA in General Studies MBA in Financial Analysis MEd in Secondary Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment: Teacher Licensure MEd in K-12 Instructional Technology MBA in Information Security Management - Cyber Security MEd in Secondary Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment MEd in Higher Education Leadership and Administration MEd in K-12 Instructional Technology: Teacher Licensure MBA in Forensic Accounting MA in Business Communication - Entrepreneurship MBA in Health Care Management
Regis UniversityMBA-Finance and Accounting Master of Science in Systems Engineering M.S. Organization Leadership/Organization Leadership and Management MBA-Marketing MBA-Strategic Management Master of Science in Database Technologies MBA-General Master of Nonprofit Management Master of Science in Software Engineering MBA-Health Industry Leadership M.S. Organization Leadership/Human Resource Management & Leadership MBA-Operations Management M.S. Organization Leadership/Enterprise Resource Leadership and Planning M.S. Organization Leadership/Project Leadership and Management Master of Science in Information Technology Management Master of Science in Software Engineering & Database Technologies Master of Science in Accounting
Argosy UniversityEducational Leadership Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MA) Business Administration (DBA) Counselor Education & Supervision (EdD)
University of Colorado - BoulderMathematics German Studies Engineering Management Theatre Religious Studies Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Comparative Literature Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences French Philosophy Chemistry and Biochemistry Educational Psychology and Learning Sciences Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Music Art and Art History Law Sociology Business Administration Media Studies Asian Languages and Civilizations Mechanical Engineering Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences Economics IQ Biology (Interdisciplinary Quantitative Biology) Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
Colorado School Of MinesMining Engineering Geophysics and Geophysical Engineering Geochemistry Mineral and Energy Economics Mining and Earth Systems Engineering Chemical Engineering Geology and Geological Engineering Mathematical and Computer Sciences Materials Science Mechanical Engineering Engineering and Technology Management Applied Physics Operations Research Chemistry and Applied Chemistry Petroleum Engineering Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Petroleum Economics and Management
Yeshiva Toras Chaim Talmudic SeminaryTheology
Economics InstituteEconomics The Academic Program in Economics, Business and Public Administration
Fox Institute for Creation SpiritualityDoctor of Spirituality Master of Spirituality
Colorado Theological SeminaryTheology
Golden Gate Seminary Rocky Mountain CampusChristian Education Divinity
Colorado School Of Traditional Chinese MedicineMaster's Of Science In Traditional Chinese Medicine Master's of Science in Acupuncture
Denver Technical CollegeProject Management
Colorado State UniversityExecutive MBA Program-Denver Project Management
Colorado School of Public HealthPublic Health
Iliff School Of TheologyMaster of Social Work Doctor of Philosophy in Religion Doctor of Philosophy in Religion Master of Social Work Master of Arts in Social Justice and Ethics Master of Arts in Specialized Ministry PhD in Religious and Theological Studies Master of Divinity Cooperative MSW Master of Theological Studies Master of Arts Master of Arts in Pastoral and Spiritual Care
Red Rocks Community CollegePhysician Assistant Program
Center for Legal StudiesGraduate Certificates in Paralegal Studies Graduate Certificate in Legal Nurse Consultant Training Graduate Certificate in Victim Advocacy Graduate Certificate in Legal Investigation
College for Financial PlanningMaster of Science in Finance Master of Science in Finance - Financial Analysis Master of Science in Personal Financial Planning
University of DenverEducational Leadership and Policy Studies Library and Information Science Program Counseling Psychology Program Child, Family, and School Psychology Program Curriculum and Instruction Research Methods and Statistics Higher Education Program Teacher Education Program Web Design and Development Creative Writing Environmental Policy and Management Music Communication Studies DU-Iliff Joint PhD International Security Conflict Resolution Forensic Psychology International MBA Master of Science in Business Intelligence MBA Program Sport & Performance Psychology Technology Management Electronic Commerce Global Finance, Trade and Economic Integration Master of Science in Legal Administration
American Health Science UniversityCertified Nutritionist, Master's Degree in Nutrition Science
Aspen UniversityInformationTechnology MBA Project Management Master of Education MBA Program MBA Information Management Information Management