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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
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Energy Geoscience

Certificate

Energy Geoscience
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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
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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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Marketing and Branding in the Outdoor Industry

Graduate Certificate

Marketing and Branding in the Outdoor Industry
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Master in Environmental Management (MEM)

Master in Environmental Management

Master in Environmental Management (MEM)
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Outdoor Industry MBA

Master of Business Administration

Outdoor Industry MBA
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Responsible Organizational Leadership in the Outdoor Industry

Graduate Certificate

Responsible Organizational Leadership in the Outdoor Industry
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Rural Community Health

Master of Behavioral Science (MBS)

Rural Community Health
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Sustainable Financial Management in the Outdoor Industry

Graduate Certificate

Sustainable Financial Management in the Outdoor Industry

Prospective Students

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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.

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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

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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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Bryce Swaim’s Debut Collection of Poetry, Prose Scheduled for Publication

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NYT Bestselling Author Jamie Ford to speak at Western GPCW Graduation

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Western Colorado University Graduate Program in Creative Writing Announces New Screenwriting Director

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Western Colorado University Graduate Students, Alum, and Faculty in Poetry Win Nationwide Awards

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Western’s Outdoor MBA, Business Law programs win grants to adopt digital textbooks

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New Scholarship Supports Western’s Graduate Program in Creative Writing

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Western Graduate Students, Faculty Member Receive Distinguished Achievement Award

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Western’s Newest Graduate Program is Already Making a Difference in Rural Communities

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Western’s MFA Director Laura Pritchett’s latest novel is born from a world on fire

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Spotlight

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Kelsey Sloane

Alumna

Kelsey Sloane is a curator, writer, and arts administrator from Troy, New York. She received her MA in Gallery Management & Exhibition Specialization (MGES, now MGMM) from Western Colorado University in 2020, and completed her BA with a dual degree in Art History and Arts Management from Purchase College in 2016.

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Torrie Nickel

Alumni

“It all comes down to the fact that Western professors are very good at noticing when someone can excel,” says Nickel. “They see the possibility in someone and they foster and take people under their wings.”

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Stephanie Edwards

Alumni

“At Western I got to work with professors and people from all over the country. This made for a more holistic understanding.”

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Melanie Armstrong, Ph.D.

Faculty

"Melanie Armstrong brings scholarly and applied political approaches to her work with Western’s School of Environment & Sustainability, where she also serves as Public Lands Coordinator."

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Jonathan Coop, Ph.D.

Faculty

“We can produce high-quality research and publish papers in scientific journals with our students. We’re out on the cutting edge of our field learning the things we don’t know yet."

Faculty & Staff

Additional Resources

Admitted Graduate Student Checklist

Spring and Summer 2024 Admitted Graduate Student Checklist We’re proud to welcome you to Western. Complete the following checklist items to officially begin your journey […]

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Admitted Graduate Students

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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 […]

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Graduate Student Resources

Graduate Student Resources Your path to success. The resources listed below are designed to optimize your graduate experience, fostering a seamless and successful journey. If, […]

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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 […]

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School of Graduate Studies Commencement

Graduation Requirements SPRING 2024 COMMENCEMENT: MAY 4, 2024 Graduation Requirements Graduate students must file an Application for Graduation through MyWestern within the first two weeks […]

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Department Information

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Executive Director

Marlo Frazier

Executive Director, School of Graduate Studies Operations

Graduate Database Administrator & Analyst

Deanna Banker, B.S.

Graduate Database Administrator & Analyst

Graduate Program Coordinator

Corinne Sublette, B.A.

Graduate Program Coordinator

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Gunnison, CO 81231

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