About the Graduate School

The Graduate School provides the leadership for graduate education at Colorado State University, a land-grant institution and a Carnegie I Research Institution. Our mission is to ensure the highest academic program standards while enhancing your personal and professional growth through innovative professional development and mentoring programs.

Mary Stromberger

Message from Dean Stromberger

Welcome to the Graduate School at Colorado State University! CSU is one of the nation’s leading public land-grant research universities. We are especially known for our teaching and learning excellence; transformational research and artistry; and public service at home and abroad.

Why Colorado State University?

Colorado State University is consistently ranked as one of the nation’s top universities in a variety of categories and disciplines – from teaching and learning to research and student achievement in studios, laboratories, and classrooms. Live, learn, work, and play here at Colorado State University, we can’t wait to hear from you.

Graduate Ram Impact

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Fionna Samuels

Department of Chemistry doctoral student Fionna Samuels has been named a 2019 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellow, a prestigious honor that recognizes outstanding students pursuing research-based graduate degrees.

This fellowship includes three years of financial support with a $34,000 annual stipend and $12,000 cost-of-education allowance (paid to the institution). The national competition drew 12,000 applicants from the United States, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories. Of the applicants, only 17 percent were named NSF Graduate Research Fellows.

Robert Higgins

Colorado State University chemistry graduate student Robert Higgins was recently named a NatureNet Science Fellow. This program selects promising early career scientists focused on helping to solve the world’s unprecedented challenges with climate change for two years of fellowship support. The NatureNet Science Fellows Program partners with universities around the country to discover and implement new interdisciplinary science while working toward the advancement of new conservation efforts.

Jixiang Fang, College of Business

Jixiang Fang

It’s not unusual for students to change their major during college. Jixiang Fang not only changed his major, he also changed his college, and his career, and his continent. Fang graduated from a small college in Hainan, in southeast China, with a bachelor’s degree in hotel management. He was working in the hotel industry in China when he decided he wanted to learn more about finance; he wanted to study in the United States, so he began his search.

About CSU

Campus and its History

  • CSU was founded as the Colorado Agricultural College in 1870. It was one of 68 land-grant colleges established under the Morrill Act of 1862. The doors opened to a freshman class of 20 students in 1879.  In 1935, the school became the Colorado State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts, or Colorado A & M, and was renamed Colorado State University in 1957.
  • A 586-acre main campus, which includes 101 acres for the Veterinary Teaching Hospital
  • 4,038 acres of land for research centers and Colorado State Forest Service stations outside of Larimer County
  • Eight colleges, multiple inter-university programs
  • 114 graduate degree programs (64 Masters, 50 Ph.D.) graduate degree programs; 21 professional master’s degree programs 
  • 40+ Graduate Certificates
  • Library holdings include more than 2 million books, bound journals, and government documents.
  • 250 world-class music, theatre and dance performances; exhibitions; and other high-profile arts events annually
  • CSU has 228,000 active alumni in all 50 states and around the world. There are Ram Networks across the nation with 13,000+ Alumni Association members. 

Student Life

  • 475+ registered student organizations
  • 14 intercollegiate sports programs
  • 1 st – Greenest Universities according to Bestcolleges.com 2018
  •  Academic partner with Semester at Sea and CSU Todos Santos Center in Mexico

International Programs

  • Over 20% of tenure-track faculty and 25% of new faculty are international
  • 2,000 international students and scholars representing 110 countries
  • One of the top universities every year for recruiting Peace Corps volunteers
  • 17 key strategic partnerships around the world, including four with leading Chinese universities

Preparing the Leaders of Tomorrow

Colorado State University offers a variety of rigorous academic programs and is consistently ranked among the nation’s top universities in a number of disciplines. According to the U.S. News and World Report’s 2019 rankings of the nation’s best graduate schools, 22 CSU graduate programs rank in the top 100 across the country. Whether you are interested in starting your Doctoral studies, working toward a Master’s degree, building your resume with a Graduate Certificate or starting a Professional degree, Colorado State University might be the perfect fit for you.

Student Achievement

CSU awards approximately 6900 degrees annually. Around 1600 are Master’s degrees, 220 are doctoral degrees, and 140 degrees are awarded from our competitive College of Veterinary Medicine doctoral program.

Diversity & Mentoring

We are committed to increasing diversity and inclusion among students, staff and faculty, to build a community that is welcoming and supportive place for all. All students, faculty, and staff are members of the Ram Family, and we stand together to uphold our values, codified as our Principles of Community - Inclusion, Integrity, Respect, Service, and Social Justice.



Colorado State University graduate programs rank in the top 100 across the country.


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