Graduate Programs at Western

Enrollment in Western's graduate programs has more than doubled since 2010, attracting more than 200 students from across the U.S. and the world in 2014-'15.

These growing Master’s programs serve our region, our nation and the world by educating advanced students to make substantial contributions to their professions.

 Western's graduate programs make our campus a dynamic learning and research environment for all students. Residential, low-residency, and online programs bring together preeminent professors and practitioners in an academic environment dedicated to excellence.

Western offers the following master's degree programs:

Masters Program in High Altitude Exercise Physiology
Master in Environmental Management (MEM)
Master of Arts in Education
  • Master of Arts in Education
  • Initial teacher/principal licensure
Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
  • MFA in one of three tracks: Popular Genre Fiction/Nonfiction, Poetry with a Focus on Versecraft or Screenwriting for Feature Film and Television.

Writing the Rockies, July 24-27, 2014
Writing workshops for fiction, nonfiction, and screenwriting

Summer Screenwriting Boot Camp
(Boot Camp open to anyone; MFA admission not required)

Summer Poetry Intensive
(Intensive open to anyone; MFA admission not required)

Publishing Certificate

  • 18-credit course of studies
  • Online program
  • Includes two-week, on-campus seminars during two consecutive summer
  • Participation on an editorial board that prepares a book for publication with Western's press

Apply online to Western's graduate programs



High Altitude Exercise Physiology Director
BA, Mt. Holyoke College, MS, PhD, Colorado State University
Phone: (970) 943-2027
Office Location: Wright Gym 224
Assistant Professor of Exercise & Sport Science
BA, Western State Colorado University; MS, Colorado State University; PhD, University of New Mexico
Phone: (970) 943-7132
Office Location: Wright Gym 227
Chair, Department of Recreation, Exercise & Sport Science
BA, Grand Valley State University; MS, PhD, University of North Carolina-Greensboro
Phone: (970) 943-7133
Office Location: Wright Gym 229