Colorado Mesa University

Graduate Students

Since 1997, Colorado Mesa University has offered graduate programs to meet the growing demand for advanced, professional education in western Colorado. Today, CMU offers numerous graduate programs in business administration, education and nursing. If you’re thinking about applying to one of our graduate programs, check each program’s website for admission information.

Office of Graduate Studies

Business Administration

The Department of Business offers the following graduate programs.

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

This 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.

Please contact our office for an MBA packet and/or additional information.

3+2 Programs

The Department of Business also offers several innovative programs that enable students to earn a bachelor’s degree and the MBA over a five year period.

  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting and MBA
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, concentration in Finance and MBA
  • Bachelor of Science in Construction Management and MBA

Learn more about these programs, and their admission requirements, at coloradomesa.edu/business/mba.html

Master's of Arts in Education or Graduate Certificates

  • Educational Leadership/Principal Licensure (EDLD)
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
  • Exceptional Learner/Special Education (EDSE) 
  • Teacher Leader (EDTL) 
  • Initial Teacher Licensure: Elementary (ITL)
  • Initial Teacher Licensure: Secondary (ITL)

The Center for Teacher Education Graduate Programs meet the needs of education professionals as they gain additional expertise in one or more state endorsement areas. Graduate students may pursue a Graduate Certificate in any program area of study or pursue a Master's degree by taking additional course work. The Master's degree program distinguishes itself from the certificate through four core courses that cover core knowledge in educational design, theory, assessment, technology and research. The Initial Teacher Licensure program is designed for candidates already holding a bachelor's degree (or higher) who desire to obtain their initial teaching license.

Learn more about these programs and their admission requirements at coloradomesa.edu/teachered/masters.html.

 

 

 

Nursing

The Department of Health Sciences offers the following graduate programs.

  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) – Advanced Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) – Nursing Education

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;  six credit hours of advance practice nursing cognate courses that advance knowledge on key health issues facing our nation related to chronic illness management, health promotion and disease prevention strategies; nine credit hours of elective coursework; and three credit hours for a final capstone or thesis project.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) – Family Nurse Practitioner

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 24 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;  38 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; six 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.

Learn more about these programs, and their admission requirements, at coloradomesa.edu/healthsciences/degrees.html