CU Denver Graduate Programs Earn High Rankings Again According to Latest U.S. News and World Report

CU Denver Graduate Programs Earn High Rankings Again According to Latest U.S. News and World Report

Education program emphasizes innovation and partnerships in response to local and national workforce shortages; SPA program ranks No. 1 in Colorado

April 25, 2023

CU Denver’s graduate education program now ranks among the top five in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain Region and is among the top 100 programs nationally, according to today’s U.S. News & World Report’s best master’s 2023 rankings release.

Addressing Teacher Shortages

This national recognition comes at a time when Colorado and the nation face a critical teacher shortage, while also responding to demographic shifts among school-age children. As Colorado’s only public urban research university, CU Denver is well-positioned to make a big impact in addressing this need.

“The rankings are a clear illustration of our school’s outstanding contributions in research, teaching, and program development,” said Marvin Lynn, PhD, Dean of CU Denver’s School of Education & Human Development (SEHD). “Our graduate and professional programs are held in high esteem because our faculty’s research and teaching continue to be innovative and equity driven. I look forward to continuing to steward our school’s growth in all areas.” 

SEHD’s graduate program is #2 in Colorado, #3 in the Rocky Mountain Region, and is now among the top 100 in the nation, coming in at #99.

Other CU Denver graduate programs in public affairsbusiness, and engineering continue to rank well, and some have moved several spots up.

Environmental Policy Program Pick Up

One highlight for CU Denver is that every graduate program in the School of Public Affairs (SPA) ranked #1 in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain Region and the majority of individual graduate programs moved up in the rankings. Overall, the school ranked #28 out of 269 nationwide.

SPA’s Environmental Policy & Management program is drawing attention, as it is now ranked #9 in the nation. This program provides individuals with an understanding of how the natural environment is affected by all levels of government, legal systems, nonprofits, private sectors, community groups, and the public. As climate change impacts more and more communities locally and around the world, this area of study is growing in importance.

Ranking Methodology

U.S. News has provided education rankings for 30 years. Factors, known as ranking indicators, are used to assess each graduate program and are based on two types of data: expert opinion about program excellence and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school’s faculty, research, and students. U.S. News made a number of key updates to the methodologies this year. Read each program’s specific methodology for the most detailed explanations of these changes. If a school or program is listed as unranked, that means it did not supply U.S. News with enough key statistical data to be numerically ranked.