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
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