School of Graduate Studies

Enrollment in Western's graduate degree programs has more than tripled since 2010, attracting more than 300 students from across the U.S. and the world in 2017-'18.

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.

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Western offers the following graduate degree programs:

Master in Gallery Management and Exhibits Specialization (MGES)

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Master of Science in High Altitude Exercise Physiology (HAEP)

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Master in Environmental Management (MEM)

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Master of Arts in Education (MAEd) 

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Graduate Program in Creative Writing - (GPCW)

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Outdoor Industry MBA (OI-MBA)

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Kevin J Anderson headshot
Director, Certificate in Publishing; Instructor in Genre Fiction
B.S., University of Wisconsin; MFA, Lindenwood University
Office Location:
Gillian Benedetti, M.S. headshot
Lecturer, Department of Education
B.S. Florida State University; M.S., Florida State University
Office Location:
Christina Buchanan headshot
High Altitude Exercise Physiology Director
BA, Mt. Holyoke College, MS, PhD, Colorado State University
Phone: (970) 943-2027
Office Location: Wright Gym 224
Lance Dalleck headshot
Associate Professor of Exercise & Sport Science
BA, Western Colorado University; MS, Colorado State University; PhD, University of New Mexico
Phone: (970) 943-7132
Office Location: Wright Gym 227
Russell Davis headshot
Director of Genre Fiction Concentration
BA, University of Wisconsin; MFA, National University
Phone: 970.943.2025
Office Location:
Stacia Deutsch headshot
Graduate Program in Creative Writing Faculty
BA, Scripps College; MFA, Western Colorado University; MA, Hebrew Union-College-Jewish Institute of Religion;
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Mary Beth Fielder headshot
Graduate Program in Creative Writing Faculty
BA University of Pennsylvania, MFA University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts
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Beth Gersh-Nešić headshot
MGES Instructor; SUNY Purchase College Instructor
B.A. SUNY/Binghamton, M.A. SUNY/Binghamton, Ph.D. CUNY
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Brooke Hanks, M.A. headshot
Senior Lecturer, Department of Education
B.A., Western Colorado University; M.A., University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
Phone: (970) 943-2504
Office Location: Crawford Hall 105
Tyson Hausdoerffer headshot
Graduate Program in Creative Writing Faculty
BA Western Colorado University, MA University of Colorado, Boulder, PhD University of California, Berkeley
Office Location:
Ernest Hilbert headshot
Graduate Program in Creative Writing Faculty
BA, Rutgers University; MSt, Oxford University; PhD, Oxford University
Office Location:
Jeff Hulbert, M.S. headshot
Lecturer, Department of Education
B.A., Western Washington University, B.S., Central Washington University, M.S., University at Albany, State University of New York
Phone: 970-943-2141
Office Location: Crawford Hall 107
David M. Hyde headshot
Lecturer in Anthropology, MGES Instructor
B.A., University of Texas at Austin; M.A., Washington State University; Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin.
Phone: (970) 943-2222
Office Location: Hurst Hall 031A
Gaye Jenkins, Ed.D. headshot
B.Ed., University of Sussex, England; M.Ed., Lesley University; Ed.D. California Coast University
Office Location:
Julie Kane headshot
Graduate Program in Creative Writing Faculty
BA Cornell University, MA in Creative Writing, Boston University, PhD in English, Louisana State University
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Dr. Kathleen M. Kinkema headshot
Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs; Professor, Department of Recreation, Exercise & Sport Science
B.A., Grand Valley State University, M.S., University of North Carolina-Greensboro, Ph.D., University of North Carolina-Greensboro
Phone: 970.943.7133
Office Location: Wright Gym 229
Kerry Mason headshot
MGES Consultant and Internship Supervisor; Art Historian and Consultant; Principal: Kerry Mason and Associates; Instructor in Canadian and Northwest Coast Art, University of Victoria and Victoria College of Art
B.A., M.A., French Certificate, University of Victoria
Office Location:
JS Mayank headshot
Director of Screenwriting Concentration
BA, University of Delhi; MA, Wake Forest University; MFA, Loyola Marymount University;
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Jarrett  Mellenbruch headshot
MGES Instructor
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Patricia Miranda headshot
MGES Instructor; New Hampshire Institute of Art, Instructor
B.F.A. SUNY Purchase College, M.F.A. Vermont College of Fine Art
Office Location:
Candace Nadon headshot
Graduate Program in Creative Writing Faculty
BA, Fort Lewis College; MFA, University of Southern Maine; PhD, Georgia State University
Office Location:
Heather Orr headshot
Professor of Art - Art History ( Administrative Director Master in Gallery Management and Exhibits Specialization ( Colorado State Representative, Association of Academic Museums and Galleries (
B.A., M.A., University of Victoria; Ph.D., University of Texas-Austin.
Phone: (970) 943-3031
Office Location: Quigley Hall 231
Caroline Powders- Forrest, M.Ed. headshot
Lecturer and Mentor Program Coordinator, Department of Education
LLB, University of East Anglia, UK; M.Ed. University of Illinois, Urbana
Phone: (970) 943-7035
Office Location: Crawford Hall 109
Ian  Parker Renga, Ph.D. headshot
Assistant Professor, Department of Education
B.A., B.S., Indiana University, M.Ed., Harvard University, Ph.D., University of Colorado
Phone: (970) 943-2244
Office Location: Crawford Hall 106
Michaela Roessner-Herman headshot
Graduate Program in Creative Writing Faculty
BA, California College of Arts and Crafts; MFA in Popular Fiction, University of Southern Maine; MFA in Painting, Lone Mountain College;
Phone: 970.943.2025
Office Location: Taylor Hall 208
Dr. David J. Rothman headshot
Director of Graduate Program in Creative Writing; Director of Poetry Concentration
AB, Harvard University; MA, University of Utah; PhD, New York University;
Phone: 970.943.2058
Office Location: Taylor Hall 222B
Caleb J Seeling headshot
Director, Certificate in Publishing
Master of Public Health, University of Michigan; Master of Social Work, University of Michigan; Bachelor of Arts, Calvin College
Office Location: Off Campus
Andrew Sellon headshot
Graduate Program in Creative Writing Faculty
BA cum laude in English and American Literature, Harvard College, Cambridge, MA, MFA in Acting, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Office Location:
Bob Shayne headshot
Graduate Program in Creative Writing Faculty
MFA, Spalding University;
Phone: 970.943.2025
Office Location:
Dr. Jeffrey Taylor, PhD headshot
Grosland Associate Director, Master in Gallery Management & Exhibits Specialization; Art Department Gallery Director; MGES Instructor
BA Oberlin College, MA, PhD Central European University
Phone: 970.943.2285
Office Location: Quigley Hall 230
Mark Todd headshot
Professor of English
BA, MA, Eastern New Mexico University; PhD, Texas Tech University.
Phone: (970) 943-2016
Office Location: Taylor Hall 208G
Cori L. Woytek, M.S. headshot
Lecturer, Department of Education
B.A., Mesa State College; M.S., Gwynedd-Mercy College
Phone: (970) 943-3019
Office Location: Crawford Hall 122