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.

Interim Dean Sonia Kreidenweis

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

Mora and Lucero by a tree

Fabiola Mora and Mary Ann Lucero

As appearing in CHHS.Source.colostate.edu | Feb., 2022 | by Melanie Chaffey CSU staff members and School of Education doctoral students named 2022 Policy Fellows for the Colorado Department of Higher Education Fabiola Mora and Mary Ann Lucero already had a lot

Arya Mugdha

Arya Mugdha

As appearing in ENGR.Source.colostate.edu | Oct., 2022 | by Andrea Leland Engaging curiosity: How video games led CSU student to the fight against mitochondrial diseases What do video games and medical imaging tools have in common? Both are driven by the


Emily Woolf

As appearing in CHHS.Source.colostate.edu | Jul., 2022 | by Zara Hopkins Ph.D. student, Emily Woolf, winner of Emerging Leaders in Nutrition Science award program Emily Woolf, Ph.D. student in the Colorado State University Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, was selected

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.
    • 55 extension offices serving every Colorado county.
    • Eight colleges, multiple inter-university programs.
    • $447.2 million in total research expenditures.
    • 143 graduate degree programs (89 Master’s, 54 doctoral). 
    • 55+ Graduate Certificates.
    • Library holdings include more than 2.3 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. 
    • CSU College of Business Online MBA ranked No. 1 in Colorado, among elite nationwide
    • Colorado School of Public Health ranked among top 20 in the U.S.
    • Information on the value of a CSU education is summarized at csueffect.colostate.edu
    • CSU Accolades 

    Ranks and Awards

    • 1st Greenest University in Colorado | Princeton Review, 2021
    • 2nd Best for Hydrology and Water Resource Management | edurank.org, 2021
    • 3rd Veterinary Medicine | US News & World Report, 2019
    • 4th Best University Solving the Coronavirus Pandemic | Successfulstudent.org, 2020

    Student Life

    • 475+ registered student organizations
    • 14 intercollegiate sports programs
    •  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

    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. 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 7000 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.


    $447.2 M+

    generated in research expenditures FY 2020-21


    rated their entire educational experiences at CSU – Excellent/Good