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CU Denver Programs Rank Among Top 100 in the U.S. News 2022 Best Graduate  Schools

March 30, 2021

In U.S. News & World Report’s latest announcement, several CU Denver programs ranked in the top 100 for Best Graduate Schools of 2022. Programs include those from CU Denver’s School of Education & Human Development, College of Engineering, Design, and Computing, Business School, School of Public Affairs, and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.


CU Denver’s School of Education & Human Development ranks 85th overall in the highly competitive field. The school’s graduate program is a statewide and national leader for educational quality, access, and equity across the education lifespan. 


The College of Engineering, Design, and Computing is once again featured for having some of the best graduate programs, with an overall ranking score of 138. Four graduate specialty programs ranked to be among the highest in the country: 

Public Affairs 

The School of Public Affairs ranked 28th overall in the new report. Six programs within the school ranked highly as well, putting them in the top 40 in the nation:

  • Environmental policy and management: 9 
  • Non-profit management: 14 
  • Public finance & budgeting: 14 
  • Public management & leadership: 22 
  • Public policy analysis: 32 
  • Urban policy: 30


The Business School ranked 100th in the nation this year. This places them as the second best public business school in Colorado.  

  • Part-time MBA: 113 

CU Denver graduates are prepared to lead their chosen industries due to top-notch faculty, technologically advanced facilities, degree programs informed by global industry leaders, and the nation’s first academic commodities center.  

Liberal Arts and Sciences

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ clinical psychology program ranked 64 in the nation. In this program, students are trained in a variety of approaches and techniques for evaluating, diagnosing, and treating a wide range of psychological problems.


The 2022 rankings are calculated through a unique scoring system which includes student engagement, potential return on investment, and leading third-party evaluations. 

Key factors in the rankings include student engagement, faculty credentials and training, student services and technology, peer reputation and admissions selectivity.