University of Colorado Denver

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences



1380 Lawrence St., Room 1251

Denver, CO 80217

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MH in Humanities

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Master of Humanities and Master of Social Science (MHMSS) Program offers two unique interdisciplinary master degrees for students whose interests transcend the restrictions of traditional university disciplines: Master's of Humanities (MH) and a Master's of Social Science (MSS). The MHMSS program teaches students innovative, interdisciplinary thinking, with an emphasis on integrated critical and analytical learning. Graduates are prepared to enter the workforce with unique skills that make them excellent problem solvers, ready to tackle the complex problems of a global economy.

For over 30 years now, the MHMSS program has provided the most unique interdisciplinary graduate curriculum in Colorado and the region. By bringing together the best graduate coursework offered at CU Denver, students craft a study plan that addresses their unique and multifaceted questions. With its location on CU Denver’s vibrant downtown campus, the MHMSS program fosters a culture of deep inquiry, community engagement, and learning


  • Customizable curriculum
  • Interdepartmental and collaborative
  • Multiple tracks available
  • Thesis or Project Options


Areas of Concentration: Philosophy and Theory, Social Justice, Visual Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, Ethnic Studies

Financial Support: The MH Program does not currently offer teaching assistantships, but many of our graduate students attain TAs in other CU Denver departments with teaching needs.

Applications: Applications are due by October 15 (Spring), May 15 (Fall), March 15 (Summer).

Career paths of graduates: MHMSS Graduates have gone on to be leaders, culture makers, creatives, and intellectuals in their communities.

Interdisciplinary Humanities and Social Science curricula prepare students for a wide range of careers. Because interdisciplinary studies develop critical thinking and analysis, quantitative literacy, problem solving and intercultural knowledge, they create transferable skills that open up possibilities for multiple career and job options in ways that training in single disciplines with discrete contents don't. 

Why CU Denver? As Colorado’s only public urban research university, CU Denver educates a diverse student body through quality academics, ambitious research and creative work, and civic engagement in the city we call home. Graduates gain the powerful combination of immersive classroom and real-world experiences that are in demand today, while the city benefits from well-educated, top talent and a new generation of knowledge that fuels the future of Denver and our region.

We are committed to diversity and equity. Students from all backgrounds will find resources & support on campus.


The University of Colorado Denver is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

International Student Requirements:

International students must meet ALL of the standard requirements and also must provide: • Original transcripts and documentation in English (or a certified English translation) of the completion of a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree, or the equivalent • Documents required to process immigration documents • Certified English translation of all academic records and references not in English • $75.00 international non-refundable application fee • Evidence of proficiency in English as demonstrated by one of the following: - Citizen of a country whose official language is English - TOEFL or IELTS - Graduate of CU Denver’s ESL Academy - Earned bachelor’s degree or higher from a foreign or US accredited institution where the language of instruction was English. - Earned a bachelor’s degree from the US or successful completion of at least 2 semesters (12 credits) of full-time study in a graduate-level master’s program at an accredited institution with a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

# of Credits Required: 36

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Loans Offered: Students are encouraged to work with the University's Financial Aid Office to obtain information on financial aid opportunities. University of Colorado Denver FASFA Code: 004508

Locale: Large City

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