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School of Graduate Studies

Committed to your professional success.

Western Colorado University’s School of Graduate Studies (SGS) is comprised of cutting-edge graduate programs committed to accelerating your career. Upon joining our graduate community, you will become part of an expansive network of graduate professionals who are eager to learn, interact and explore together.

Areas of Study

School of Graduate Studies

Accelerated Degree Programs (3+2)

Accelerated Degree Programs (3+2)

Accelerated Degree Programs (3+2)
Graduate Program in Creative Writing

Graduate Program in Creative Writing

Master of Arts | Master of Fine Arts

Graduate Program in Creative Writing
M.A. in Education

M.A. in Education

Master of Arts | Teacher Licensure | Principal Licensure

M.A. in Education
M.A. in Gallery and Museum Management (MGMM)

M.A. in Gallery and Museum Management (MGMM)

Master of Arts

M.A. in Gallery and Museum Management (MGMM)
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M.A. in Special Education

Master of Arts

M.A. in Special Education
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M.S. in Ecology

Master of Science

M.S. in Ecology
Exercise sport science

M.S. in Exercise & Sport Science: High Altitude Exercise Physiology (HAEP)

Master of Science

M.S. in Exercise & Sport Science: High Altitude Exercise Physiology (HAEP)
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Master in Environmental Management (MEM)

Master in Environmental Management

Master in Environmental Management (MEM)
Outdoor Industry MBA

Outdoor Industry MBA

Master of Business Administration

Outdoor Industry MBA
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Rural Community Health

Master of Behavioral Science (MBS)

Rural Community Health

Prospective Students

Discover Western’s School of Graduate Studies.

Western’s School of Graduate Studies offers ten degree programs and 23 specialized degree concentrations. Serving over 400 graduate students, these programs bring together distinguished professors and practitioners in a supportive academic environment dedicated to excellence.

If you have questions about graduate studies at Western, contact graduatestudies@western.edu or request information below.

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Making an impact

Western’s graduate programs serve our region, our nation and the world by educating advanced students to make substantial contributions to their professions.

Graduate Student Resources

Helpful information to guide your graduate journey.

We recognize that applying to graduate school can seem like a big undertaking. If you have questions about our programs, enrollment, financial aid, the admissions process or anything else, please feel free to reach out to the Graduate Studies Office at graduatestudies@western.edu. Our helpful team is happy to provide personalized assistance to facilitate your seamless transition to Western’s School of Graduate Studies. The links below provide a list of resources and helpful information to guide you through applying to our graduate programs.

Graduate Student Resources Prepare and Apply Accepted Student Checklist

Dedicated to excellence

A panel of faculty members from the Graduate Program in Creative Writing listens to students as they read their theses.

Financial Aid

Investing in your graduate education.

We know that the decision to pursue a graduate degree is a significant commitment of time, energy and resources. At Western, you’ll have the option to receive financial support from a variety of sources, including loans, scholarships, fellowships and graduate assistantships. Upon admission, we encourage you to research whether you are eligible for FAFSA and submit the application as soon as possible. The friendly staff in the Financial Aid and Cashier’s Office are available to provide you more information about financing options. The link below provides more information about how to apply for financial aid.

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Committed to your success

Western graduate students gain access to an external network of resources and opportunities that are exciting, real and immediate.

News & Research

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Western Instructor Named to Top Writer’s Honor

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Creative Writing Summer Residency to Offer Hybrid Experience

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special education masters program

Special Education Master’s Focuses on Differences, Not Deficits

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New Name for Environment & Sustainability School

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Graduate Studies Program Honors Two Members for Inclusive Excellence

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CMarie Fuhrman Joins the Poetry and Nature Writing MFA Programs

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Experiential Learning MBA Programs & Outdoor Education Grad Programs

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Nature Writing Concentration Welcomes New Faculty

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masters program connects with community

MBS Program Connects with Community to Teach Rural Behavioral Health

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Daniels Fund Ethics team members

Western Team Takes Top Honor at Daniels Fund Ethics Case Competition

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Outdoor industry MBA

Outdoor Industry MBA Program Promotes Corporate Sustainability

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Western appoints new adjunct faculty members in graduate Ecology program

Western appoints new adjunct faculty members in graduate Ecology program

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School of Graduate Studies announces recipients of Dean’s Award for Inclusive Excellence

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New partnership helps Red Rocks Community College students earn accelerated master’s degrees

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Dr. Abel Chavez profiled on Colorado Public Radio

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Western announces partnership with Outdoor Industry Association for continuing education certificate program

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Nature Writing MFA names new director

Nature Writing MFA names new director

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Western Outdoor Industry MBA student featured in Denver Business Journal

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Western professors, grad students advocate for sustainability at UN Food and Agriculture Organization meeting

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Western professor recognized with prestigious Ohtli Award

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New York Times publishes op-ed by Western’s Genre Fiction Director

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MGES students research art history in the Gunnison Valley as part of summer practicum

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Western Professor Receives NEA Grant

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Western Outdoor Industry MBA receives scholarship funds from Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office

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Genre Fiction Director, Fran Wilde

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Western Colorado University adds new accelerated master’s pathway

Western Colorado University adds new accelerated master’s pathway

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MGES student achieves Visitors Services Assistant job at Art Omi

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Western earns spot in ‘Best Online Master’s in K-12 Education Programs’

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Western announces new Nature Writing MFA

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Colorado university offers MBA tailored for outdoor enthusiasts looking to climb the corporate ladder

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Western Colorado University debuts an MBA program for the outdoor-career minded.

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The Colorado Sun spotlights ’first-in-the-nation outdoor MBA program’

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Western launches Master of Science in Ecology

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Outdoor Industry MBA students head to Outdoor Retailer

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MGES student lands Gallery Manager position from internship

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Governor Hickenlooper visits Western to discuss Outdoor Industry MBA

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Head of Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office speaks with Outdoor Industry MBA

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Colorado Gov. announces scholarships for Outdoor Industry MBA students

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Poetry reading to spotlight Mark Todd, Natalie Giarratano

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Western’s new Outdoor Industry MBA receives accreditation

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Chávez named Dean of Graduate Studies, Associate VP of Academic Affairs

Chávez named Dean of Graduate Studies, Associate VP of Academic Affairs

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Western’s MGES program welcomes new director

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Western unveiling Outdoor Industry MBA for 2018-19

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MGES professor publishes textbook on art business

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Several Studies by ESS, HAEP Faculty, Students Published

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Western professor travels to Russia to talk art forgery, graduate studies

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New Western-GVH program allows HAEP students to treat patients, conduct research

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Master in Environmental Management professor publishes two new books

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Faculty & Staff

Additional Resources

Accepted Student Checklist

Accepted Graduate Student Checklist Welcome! As you prepare for your first year of graduate studies with Western Colorado University, please complete the following checklist:

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Financial Aid

Graduate Financial Aid Investing in Graduate Education The decision to pursue graduate study represents a significant commitment of time, energy and resources. Graduate students at Western receive financial support from a variety of sources, including personal savings, loans, scholarships, fellowships and graduate assistantships. The majority of M.A. students fund their education primarily through loans and […]

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Graduate Student Resources

Graduate Student Resources Who to Ask If you need help, begin with some of the resources listed below. If you are not sure where to go or are not sure what your question is, you can start by emailing the Graduate Studies Office at graduatestudies@western.edu. Academic Resources Graduate Course Catalog: Course Descriptions, Degree Requirements, Academic […]

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Prospective Students

Prospective Students Discover Western’s School of Graduate Studies Western’s School of Graduate Studies offers ten degree programs and 23 specialized degree concentrations. Serving over 400 graduate students, these programs bring together distinguished professors and practitioners in a supportive academic environment dedicated to excellence. If you have questions about graduate studies at Western, contact graduatestudies@western.edu or use […]

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School of Graduate Studies Commencement

Graduation Requirements SPRING 2021 COMMENCEMENT: MAY 8, 2021 Graduation Requirements Graduate students are required to file an “Application for Graduation” petition via MyWestern with the Office of the Registrar during the first two weeks of the semester in which they expect to complete all degree requirements. Degrees are awarded at the end of the semester […]

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Department Information

School of Graduate Studies

Executive Director

Marlo Frazier

Executive Director, School of Graduate Studies Operations

Graduate Program Coordinator

Deanna Banker, B.S.

Graduate Program Coordinator

Campus Location

Western Colorado University
Quigley Hall 118
1 Western Way
Gunnison, CO 81231

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Alumni Community

Alumni Community

We keep the Mountaineer spirit going strong within our alumni community. Whether getting together with friends at an annual event, making a donation or mentoring a student, graduates continue to play an important role in the Western community.