School of Graduate Studies

Dr. Abel Chavez Headshot


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





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


Mountains north of campus

Graduate Program in Creative Writing

Master of Arts
Master of Fine Arts
Graduate Program in Creative Writing, low residency MFA program, low residency MA, genre fiction, poetry, western, best colorado mfa
Masters students work on a project together.

Master of Arts in Education

Teacher Licensure
Principal Licensure
Master of Arts
Online Teacher Licensure program in Colorado, Colorado teaching credential, Online MA in Education in CO, online alternative licensure programs in Colorado
MGES students admire work they hang in the gallery

Master of Arts in Art: Gallery Management & Exhibits Specialization (MGES)

Master of Arts
Christie's Education, Sotheby's Institute of Art, NYU Steinhard Visual Arts Administration, Master in Art Business, Curator, Registrar, Installer, Preparator
Mountainscape with fall leaves.

Master in Environmental Management

Master in Environmental Management
Masters degree in Environmental Management, Environmental Studies Degree, Environmental Management, environmental planning degree, Western Colorado University
Student taking notes in the Field

Master of Science in Ecology

Master of Science
Master's of Science in Ecology, MS in Ecology, M.S., Master of Science, Environmental Science, Graduate program, fisheries, conservation, research, masters
Students conduct research in HAEP Lab.

Master of Science in Exercise & Sport Science: High Altitude Exercise Physiology (HAEP)

Exercise Science
Master of Science
Master Exercise and Sport Science, Exercise Physiology, cardiac rehab, kinesiology, master of science, graduate program Colorado, high altitude
Student testing next year's skis at Outdoor Retailer

Outdoor Industry MBA

Master of Business Administration
Western Outdoor Industry MBA, Western MBA, Western Outdoor MBA, Gunnison Outdoor MBA
Students read a textbook / a student examines a water sample

Accelerated 3+2 Programs

Exercise Science
Accelerated Master's Degrees