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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

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Accelerated Degree Programs

Accelerated Degree Programs

Accelerated Degree Programs
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

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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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Nature Writing and Western Press Books to Produce Inaugural Book

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GPCW Publishing Concentration Director Celebrates the Release of DUNE

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Conservation Grant Helps Fund Recreation Management Project

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Western Instructor Named to Top Writer’s Honor

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Outdoor Industry Connects with Western

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Graduate Program Pushes Caps on Enrollment During Pandemic

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Online Learning

Online Learning Helps Define Western

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CO Hall of Fame: Kevin J. Anderson

Western Professor Named to Authors’ Hall of Fame

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Western Student Anthology Wins Colorado Book Award

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Creative Writing Summer Residency to Offer Hybrid Experience

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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 2022 COMMENCEMENT: MAY 7, 2022 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 Database Administrator & Analyst

Campus Location

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

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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.

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