Graduate Studies

 The Office of Graduate Studies oversees graduate-level awards at Colorado Mesa University by working with the respective academic departments and faculty offering graduate programs. The Director of Graduate Studies, as well as the individual director and faculty for each program are dedicated to managing the administration of graduate programs and policy, and to supporting the academic achievement of graduate students at CMU.

CMU Graduate Program Learning Outcomes:

While individual programs will have student learning outcomes and assessment rubrics specific to their disciplines, below are general learning outcomes for all students completing a graduate degree at CMU.

CMU Master’s Degree Student Learning Outcomes:

A student graduating with a master’s degree from CMU should be able to:

  1. Contribute to scholarly advancement in the chosen field by completing projects individually and collaboratively. (Specialized Knowledge/Applied Learning)
  2. Employ discipline-specific logical, mathematical, statistical methods, or other analytical processes to address a topic or issue. (Quantitative Fluency)
  3. Create oral and written arguments or explanations, well-grounded in discipline specific theories and methods, for specified audiences. (Communication Fluency)
  4. Formulate and evaluate hypotheses as related to research problems, issues, concepts, and various perspectives. (Critical Thinking)
  5. Synthesize, evaluate, or refine the information base of various scholarly sources. (Information Literacy)
  6. Articulate moral, ethical, legal, or professional challenges within the discipline. (Ethical Reasoning)

CMU Doctoral Degree Student Learning Outcomes:

A student graduating with a doctoral degree from CMU should be able to:

  1. Advance science, education, leadership, practice, or policy within a chosen discipline by completing an original research project approved by the student’s Graduate Committee. (Specialized Knowledge/Applied Learning)
  2. Employ discipline-specific logical, mathematical, or statistical methods, or other analytical processes to address a topic or issue. (Quantitative Fluency)
  3. Create oral and written arguments or explanations, well-grounded in discipline specific theories and methods, for specified audiences. (Communication Fluency)
  4. Formulate and evaluate hypotheses as related to research problems, issues, concepts, and various perspectives. (Critical Thinking)
  5. Synthesize, evaluate, or refine the information base of various scholarly sources. (Information Literacy)
  6. Choose ethical and legal courses of action in research and professional practice. (Ethical Reasoning)

Graduate Programs

Since beginning to offer its first graduate program in 1997, CMU had continued to expand its offerings to meet the the demand for advanced education in western Colorado. See below for information about our current programs.

Department of Business

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Center for Teacher Education

Master of Arts in Education

  • Educational Leadership (EDLD) Cognate
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Cognate
  • Teacher Leader (EDTL) Cognate
  • Exceptional Learner (EDSE) Cognate
  • Initial Teaching Licensure/Endorsement Cognate: Elementary or Secondary

Graduate Certificate: Education

  • Each of the Education cognates listed above can also be completed as a graduate certificate.

Department of Health Sciences

Doctor of Nursing Practice: Family Nurse Practitioner (DNP)

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Graduate Certificate: Health Information Technology Systems