Colorado Mesa University


As a graduate student at Colorado Mesa University, you’ll be challenged like never before. These programs expand upon your undergraduate education and training, to make you a leader in your chosen profession. Personalized attention, the hallmark of our undergraduate programs, is expanded. You’ll work together with professors to gain a deep understanding of your discipline.

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Business Administration (MBA) »

The Colorado Mesa University MBA is a challenging program designed to prepare graduates for the changing business world. The degree is awarded after successful completion of 36 semester hours of rigorous study (a 24 hour core and a 12 hour general elective requirement). The program is designed to provide the student with a broad background in business while allowing the student to focus in an area of study, if desired. Core requirements include coursework in management, finance, marketing, law and ethics, organizational theory and behavior, accounting, and a capstone course in policy and strategy. Electives include such courses as global business, entrepreneurship, managerial economics and management information systems.

Each graduate program requires work experience (the professional track) or a directed research project (the thesis track). Students must complete an original research paper, an oral presentation, and written comprehensive exam.

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Education (MA) »

Colorado Mesa University began offering the Master of Arts in Education in summer 2006. The program is administered by the Center for Teacher Education (CTE). The Master of Arts in Education is designed as a dynamic, current program to meet the needs of education professionals as they gain additional expertise in one or more state endorsement areas. The degree is awarded after successful completion of 34 semester hours of rigorous study. The program is designed to provide the student with ten hours of core knowledge in educational design, theory, assessment, technology and research. The additional 24 semester hours allow the student to focus on a particular endorsement area.

The program uses a cohort model with a group of participants completing all requirements in a four-semester cycle. The current cognate areas are Educational Leadership (EDLD), English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Exceptional Learner/Special Education (EDSE) & Teacher Leader (EDTL).

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Nursing (MSN and DNP) »

The Department of Health Sciences offers two graduate degrees: the Master of Sciences in Nursing and the Doctor of Nursing Practice. Graduate nursing curriculum emphasizes:

  • Integrate theory, practice, and research in advance nursing practice roles.
  • Employ knowledge of health policy, nursing, and related sciences in the provision of cost-effective nursing care to diverse populations.
  • Utilize quality improvement science and informatics to improve patient outcomes.
  • Demonstrate competency in interdisciplinary communication, ethical analysis, and clinical reasoning in the management of patient care across all environments.
  • Assume leadership roles in clinical or academic settings.
  • Demonstrate clinical practice expertise, specialized knowledge, and expanded responsibility and accountability in the care and management of individuals and families across the lifespan with acute and chronic illness.

The Master of Science in Nursing degree will provide graduates with a foundation for practice as a leader and educator in health care systems or academic settings. The program contains 18 credit hours of core knowledge essential for practice as a leader including coursework in nursing theory and research, health information systems, organization leadership, health policy and quality improvement; 15 credit hours of cognate (advanced nursing or education) and three credit hours for a final capstone.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is designed for those nurses who are interested in assuming an advance practice nursing role as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP).  DNP graduates are prepared as clinical experts in the delivery of primary care, with a focus on critical thinking, leadership, and political policy skills needed to advocate and create changes in healthcare practice at all levels.  The program includes 27 credit hours of core knowledge essential for practice as a leader including coursework in nursing theory and research, health information systems, organization leadership, health policy, quality improvement, statistics, and evidence-based practice; 36 credit hours of advance practice nursing cognate courses that develop family nurse practitioner‘s knowledge and skills so they are prepared to care for individuals across the lifespan. Content includes key health issues facing our nation related to chronic illness management, health promotion and disease prevention strategies; three credit hours of elective coursework; and six credit hours for a final DNP scholarly capstone project. The program includes over 1000 hours of immersion in clinical practice to build and assimilate knowledge for advanced practice at a high level of complexity.  These experiences also provide the context within which the final DNP scholarly project is completed.

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