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College of Arts and Sciences

Boulder, CO


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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 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 University of Colorado Boulder: College of Arts and Sciences

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.

Majors and Degree Offerings at University of Colorado Boulder: College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences offers students a full range of disciplines. These majors include:

Anthropology, Applied Mathematics, Art History, Art Practices, Art of the Americas, Asian Languages and Civilizations, Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Audiology, Biochemistry, Chemical Physics, Chemistry, Claissics, Cognitive Science, Comparative Ethnic Studies, Computational Linguistics, Analytics, Search and Informatics, Creative Writing, Dance, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Economics, English, Environmental Studies, Experience Design, French, Geography, Geology, Geophysics, German Studies, History, Integrative Physiology, Linguistics, Masters of the Environment, Mathematics, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Russian Studies, Sociology, Spanish, and Theatre. 

Further details about each discipline can be found. 

CU Boulder Graduate School has produced 5 Nobel Laureates, 9 MacArthur ‘genius grant’  fellows and has been ranked Top 15 public university for entrepreneurship (U.S. News & World Report, 2019). 

There are 850+ visiting international scholars and CU Boulder Graduate School is listed as Top 30 in the world in education (Academic Ranking of World Universities, 2018). CU Boulder Graduate School is one of only 34 public research universities in the Association of American Universities. The school is proud to have 51 Fulbright fellows since 2006 and 20 Rhodes scholars.

Admissions 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. 

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.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Doctor of Audiology (Au D)
Master of Arts (MA)
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Master of Science (MS)

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 298
Doctoral Degrees 250

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? No
Evening/weekend programs available? No
Distance learning programs available? No
Terminal master's degree available? Yes

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirement
Doctoral Degrees Thesis Required


Acceptance Rate



Application Fee - Domestic
Application Fee - International
applications accepted?

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Master's Degree Requirements Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit: FAFSA
Types of financial support available Research Assistantships
Teaching Assistantships
Health Care Benefits
Institutionally-sponsored Loans
Scholarship and/or loans
Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

Total Graduate Students
International Breakout (representing other countries)


Hispanic/Latino 6.53%
Black or African American 0.98%
White or Caucasian 63%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.28%
Asian 3.4%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander Not Reported
Two or more races 3.64%
Unknown 7.32%


Male (51%)
Female (48%)


Total faculty
Full-time - 728
Part-time - 0
Male (463)
Female (265)


Focus of faculty research: Literary criticism; arts/humanities/cultural activities; cultural history; history; ecology
Externally sponsored research expenditures last year:

Location & Contact

Address 3100 Marine Street
Boulder, CO  80309
United States

Phone: 303-492-1411
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