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CU Denver Graduate Programs Gain in Rankings in Latest U.S. News and World Report

April 9, 2024

Education program emphasizes workforce development; Public Affairs program ranks No. 1 in Colorado; and MBA Part-Time Program tied for No.1 in Colorado.

Nearly every ranked University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver) program moved up in the standings according to today’s 2024 U.S. News & World Report’s best graduate school release. As Colorado’s only public urban research university, CU Denver is well-positioned to make a big impact in the community by addressing critical teacher shortages, driving economic growth, and developing the next cohort of civic leaders.

Educating Colorado’s Educators CU Denver’s graduate education program jumped 13 spots, ranks among the top in Colorado, and is among the top 100 nationally.

“Our consistent top rankings demonstrate that our school remains a statewide and national leader, strongly committed to contributing to the world through high quality teaching and impactful research,” said Marvin Lynn, PhD, Dean of the School of Education & Human Development (SEHD). “This is also an indication of the impact our alumni are having in our community. We are so proud of our former students and the differences they make in the urban, rural, and global communities in which they serve.”

This national recognition comes at a time when Colorado and the nation is facing a critical teacher shortage, while also responding to demographic shifts among school-age children.

SEHD’s graduate program is the largest in the state and is ranked #2 in Colorado.

Public Affairs Graduate Programs Continue to Lead Colorado

The School of Public Affairs graduate program continues to shine and ranks #1 in Colorado as well as the Rocky Mountain Region, and is one of the top 30 in the nation. Each of these specializations also earned top rankings in the state: Environmental Policy and Management, Non-Profit Management, Public Management and Leadership, and Public Finance and Budgeting.

“There are a lot of professors who really have contributed to my whole experience. They gave me guidance, support, helped clarify things, and pushed me in the right direction,” said Cameron Dexter, Dual Master of Public Administration-Master of Criminal Justice. “Attending CU Denver online really helped in the sense that it allowed me to continue to live my life [in Maui]. I was able to pursue my education in addition to my full-time employment as a court officer.”

Part-Time MBA Removes Barriers

Recognizing that many students are not able to attend school full time, the CU Denver Part-time MBA program provides a flexible option for those trying to balance study with work and families. With more specialization options than any other part-time MBA program in Colorado, students chose the format that matches their lifestyle and career goals—including in-person, hybrid, and fully online curriculum.

This program is tied for #1 in Colorado and is one of the top 50 in the nation.

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 several key updates to the methodologies. Read each program’s specific methodology for more detailed explanations. 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.