School of Graduate Studies

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I would like to be the first to welcome you to the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) at Western Colorado University. Thank you for taking time to visit us, and please contact me directly if there is anything our tremendous community can do for you.

Western is a liberal arts university nestled about a mile and half above sea level in the beautiful and welcoming community of Gunnison, Colorado. Western is home to great instructors, world-class researchers and powerfully energetic students with world views.

SGS is comprised of a menu of cutting-edge graduate programs committed to your success. Upon joining our graduate community, you will be among a wide network of graduate professionals like yourself who are eager to learn, interact and explore, though you will not be lost in the chaos of hundreds of students. From day one, you will have access to an external network of SGS partner organizations, industry leaders, municipalities, federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, research partners and our network of global college and university partners. I suspect you will find the opportunities afforded to you by our community to be exciting, real and immediate. Though this is just the beginning—use your own creativity to find your path.

SGS urges our students to take full advantage of the global thinkers, wide networks, and tangible and actionable efforts taking place at Western. I personally urge you to make your graduate experience yours, to suit your dreams.

I say this sincerely and honestly, please stop in and see me so that I can be your partner in making your Western SGS experience YOURS!

Dr. Abel A. Chávez, MBA |  Dean, School of Graduate Studies

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



Graduate Program in Creative Writing

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M.A. in Education

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M.A. in Gallery and Museum Management (MGMM)

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Master in Environmental Management (MEM)

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M.S. in Ecology

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M.S. in Exercise & Sport Science: High Altitude Exercise Physiology (HAEP)

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Outdoor Industry MBA

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