CU Denver Online Bachelor’s and Graduate Programs Earn Top Rankings In 2024 U.S. News and World Report

CU Denver Online Bachelor’s and Graduate Programs Earn Top Rankings In 2024 U.S. News and World Report

February 7, 2024

The 2024 U.S. News & World Report has again ranked online bachelor’s and graduate programs at the University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver) among the best in the nation.

CU Denver’s online graduate programs in education and criminal justice are long-standing leaders in their fields and consistently rank in this annual list. For the first time, the university’s cumulative online bachelor’s programs also ranked, which shows how CU Denver’s online offerings create opportunities for all learners, at every stage in their educational journey.

Education that Works for Everyone

CU Denver’s 2030 Strategic Plan focuses on social mobility and is a key consideration when developing curriculum and course delivery. We are committed to becoming the nation’s first equity-serving institution, which means delivering quality programs how our students want them, in-person, online, or hybrid. 

At CU Denver, online programs offer flexible learning schedules for students, while still providing access to the same high-quality researchers and professors. This flexibility helps reduce some of the barriers learners can face when trying to balance their careers, families, and higher education goals.

Graduate Online Education No. 1 in Colorado and Rocky Mountain Region

The School of Education & Human Development’s online graduate education program ranked No. 1 in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain Region. The program emphasizes innovation and partnerships to ensure our graduates are well prepared to meet the demands in the classroom. 

The program also helps address local and national workforce shortages for teachers, in both urban and rural communities. As Colorado’s only public urban research university, CU Denver is well-positioned to address this need by connecting people with the degrees they need to grow their careers. 

“Our portfolio of undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral digital offerings is consistently growing,” said Marvin Lynn, PhD, Dean of CU Denver’s School of Education & Human Development. “For instance, this year, three new fully online concentrations to our educational doctorate joined a long list of other top-ranked online programs at our school.”

CU Denver’s online graduate education programs provide flexible opportunities for professionals to learn and grow in a wide range of areas to become:

  • Educators of infants through university students
  • Community service professionals
  • Experts in learning, design, and technology
  • Education and nonprofit leaders and administrators
  • Program evaluators and researchers
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion leaders

We place great importance on our online offerings because they further catalyze the reach and worldwide impact of our scholars’ amazing teaching and research while providing flexibility for our diverse students who lead busy lives.

—Marvin Lynn, PhD, Dean of CU Denver’s School of Education & Human Development

Our programs continue to raise the bar to create inclusive and innovative online learning opportunities. CU Denver is preparing the next generation of leaders and collaborators in schools and diverse community and research settings at the undergraduate, post-bac, and graduate levels with an alternative teacher licensure program and flexible continuing education opportunities for professionals. 

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A student studying from home with a cup of coffee.

Online Master of Criminal Justice Offers Flexibility with Ability to Specialize

The School of Public Affairs’ criminal justice online master’s program is ranked among the top 25 programs in the nation for the sixth consecutive year. 

The program prepares our students to administer, analyze, evaluate, and facilitate improvements in the criminal and juvenile justice systems. The curriculum emphasizes research and innovation in crime control and prevention, and skills for promoting individual, organizational, and social change. Additionally, students can choose to pursue a concentration in crime analysis (disasters, hazards, and emergency management), and emergency management and homeland security.

The collaborative nature of our program means our students often share their own knowledge and experience, alongside our excellent faculty researchers and teachers, which makes for a richer experience.

—Paul Teske, PhD, Dean of the School of Public Affairs 

The Master of Criminal Justice program prepares learners to work in various agencies and leadership roles in the criminal justice field. Graduating students are well-equipped for work in law enforcement, corrections, and court careers. And alumni are employed in investigations, crime analysis, probation and parole, re-entry organizations, advocacy positions, think tanks, and more!

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