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)

Graduate Program in Creative Writing

Graduate Program in Creative Writing

Master of Arts | Master of Fine Arts

M.A. in Education

M.A. in Education

Master of Arts | Teacher Licensure | Principal Licensure

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

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

Master of Arts

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M.S. in Ecology

Master of Science

Exercise sport science

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

Master of Science

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Master in Environmental Management (MEM)

Master in Environmental Management

Outdoor Industry MBA

Outdoor Industry MBA

Master of Business Administration

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Rural Community Health

Master of Behavioral Science (MBS)

Prospective Students

Discover Western’s School of Graduate Studies.

Western’s School of Graduate Studies offers nine 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. The application fee has been waived for 2021-22.

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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.

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Western launches Master of Science in Ecology

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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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Apply to Western’s Graduate Programs

Please fill out the form below to start your application to a graduate program at Western. This application is for the Graduate Programs at Western only. Looking for an undergraduate college degree? Please click here for the Undergraduate Application. Or you can return to your saved Graduate Application. *If you are a Western undergrad and would like to […]

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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 nine 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