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University of Colorado Boulder Graduate School Overview

Established in 1876, CU Boulder lies in the heart of the city and produces some of the best and brightest in these fields. University of Colorado Boulder’s talented faculty, students and alumni are leading the way for the next generation by inspiring inventive, humanitarian and social enterprises around Colorado, the U.S. and the world. 

CU Boulder is recognized as the #1 public university recipient of NASA research. There are 650 faculty and students involved in interdisciplinary bioscience research. CU Boulder is Top 3% worldwide for scholarly research citations and consists of 12 research institutes and 75 research centers.

There are currently over 5,700 graduate students from over 100 countries enrolled at CU Boulder Graduate School. As one of the nation’s top-ranked Tier 1 research institutions, CU Boulder Graduate School offers more than 190 graduate programs across seven colleges and schools. 

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Explanation of Key Facts at CU Boulder Graduate School

The College of Arts and Sciences thrives as the intellectual core of the university, conducting research, scholarship, creative work and education in more than 45 graduate-level academic fields spanning the natural sciences, social sciences, and the arts and humanities.

The College of Arts and Science has produced 5 Nobel laureates, 9 MacArthur 'genius grant' winners, and 4 National Medal of Science winners. 25 of its members are in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

The students and faculty in the highly ranked College of Engineering and Applied Science advance the field of engineering by developing solutions that drive the economy, security, and quality of life of our state and nation. 

With a strong emphasis on innovation and entrepreneurship, the College of Engineering and Applied Science prepares students to take leadership positions, start businesses, and design solutions to global problems. It is considered one of the top 20 public U.S. universities for engineering (U.S. News & World Report, 2019). 

There are 15+ local federal labs in partnership with CU Boulder and includes 20 National Academy of Engineering members. $97M in research awards was granted for FY 2018. 

CMCI offers forward-thinking programs that equip students with the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to impact the ways people communicate, and to do so as dynamic and innovative communicators. 

Their programs explore how to communicate and tell stories through data, words, strategy and evolving forms of media. Each degree prepares students to be leaders in their ever-changing information society.

Students are offered the option of 6 master’s degrees, 7 doctoral degrees and 2 graduate certificates. The school has the largest collection of functioning media from the early 20th century through the 21st century in North America.

The University of Colorado Boulder’s College of Music is dedicated to inspiring the highest levels of artistic pursuit and scholarly discovery in the academic landscape, through the power of music. They’re more than just music but also music+ composition, performance, technology and entrepreneurship.

The College of Music has a strong alumni and professional network with 30+ faculty and alumni with Grammy nominations. The school hosts 400+ musical events presented to the public each year. Students graduating from the College of Music will find a 100% job placement for Music Education graduates. In addition, the college is home to the first-ever, university-level U.S. music entrepreneurship center. 

The supportive and diverse scholarly community at the University of Colorado Boulder’s School of Law inspires the pursuit of ideas, critical analysis, contemplation and civic engagement. Join a top-tier law school that provides a comprehensive legal education, unique opportunities for hands-on learning, a strong public service tradition, compelling opportunities for specialization and global interdisciplinary engagement, and an outstanding and dedicated faculty.

The Colorado Law School is ranked #5 environmental law grad program (U.S. News & World Report, 2019). 94%+ students worked legal summer jobs in 2018 and 8,253 hours of public service work were volunteered by the Class of 2018. There are 40+ annual conferences, roundtables and events presented by Colorado Law. 

The Leeds School of Business is a community of innovative and principled business leaders who gain the analytical skills needed to succeed in a globally competitive marketplace. The school is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), representing the highest standard of accreditation for business schools internationally.

The Leeds School of Business is recognized as the Top 25 public graduate business school (U.S. News & World Report, 2019), Top 10 business schools for entrepreneurship in the U.S. (Bloomberg, 2018), and #14 public university for entrepreneurship (U.S. News & World Report, 2019). The school is also ranked Top 30 public full-time MBA program in the U.S. (Bloomberg, 2018). 

Transform communities and lives through leadership. At the University of Colorado Boulder’s School of Education, they are devoted to creating a community of thought leaders and engaged educators, researchers and policymakers who make a positive impact in education and the surrounding communities. 

The School of Education is ranked Top 30 education school for graduate students (U.S. News & World Report, 2018) and #1 graduate education program in the state of Colorado (U.S. News & World Report, 2020).

Rankings, Achievements, and Degree Offerings at CU Boulder Graduate School

Admission to CU Boulder Graduate School will be considered once all material is received, including letters of reference. Deadlines vary by program type and materials are due on their respective date at 10pm MST. Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, or have done work equivalent to that required for such a degree.

Applicants must show promise of ability to pursue advanced study and research, as judged by the student’s scholastic record and have adequate preparation to enter graduate study in the chosen field. Applicants should have at least a 2.75 (2.00=C) undergraduate grade point average. Applicants to programs in the College of Engineering and Applied Science must have a 3.00 (3.00=B) undergraduate grade point average.

Further information can be found on the CU Boulder Graduate School page

CU Boulder Graduate School: Costs and Financial Aid

CU Boulder Graduate School offers fellowships, teaching and research assistantships, and training grants to eligible students. To learn more about financial assistance, contact the department to which you are applying.

Student Body

Total Graduate Students
Not Reported
International Breakout (representing other countries)


Male (57%)
Female (42%)


Total faculty
Full-time - 1,214
Part-time - 0
Male (798)
Female (416)

Location & Contact

Address 3100 Marine Street
Boulder, CO  80309
United States

Phone: 303-492-1411
University of Colorado Boulder