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

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Vicente Delgado

As appearing in LIBARTS.Source.colostate.edu | March, 2022 | by Shelby Skumanich Liminal Spaces: Nostalgia and the Borderland in Vicente Delgado’s Prints Vicente Delgado is a second year Masters of Fine Art student in the Department of Art and Art History

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Joshua Bauer

As appearing in LIBARTS.Source.colostate.edu | March, 2022 | by josh Zaffos CSU anthropologists work to reduce barriers and misperceptions surrounding COVID vaccines One of the most troubling aspects of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been the low vaccination rates

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Caroline Wollman

As appearing in CVMBS.Source.colostate.edu | April, 2022 | by Jeff Dodge CSU veterinary student creates website to help combat emerging infectious disease threats A sometimes fatal equine herpes virus that is cropping up in horses around the world has horse

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. 
    • For the fifth year in a row, U.S. News and World Report has ranked the Colorado State University College of Business Online MBA No. 1 in Colorado.
    • 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. 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 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.



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

    $447.2 M+

    generated in research expenditures FY 2020-21


    rated their entire educational experiences at CSU – Excellent/Good