Graduate Programs

Professional Goals. Personal Satisfaction.

CSU-Pueblo offers nine graduate programs for students seeking a post-secondary degree. Each program is developed by its college and administered by the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research in order to provide a rich learning experience.

For more information about a graduate program, visit that department's online or the CSU-Pueblo Graduate Studies page.


Dean, Graduate Studies and Research

The Master of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering (MSISE) program trains students to analyze the people, materials, equipment, and procedures necessary for efficient and effective systems in manufacturing and service industries, health care systems, governmental agencies, and non-profit organizations.  Students learn facilities planning, operations planning and control, economic analysis, design of experiments, and project management.  The graduate program contains three tracks of study:  Industrial and Systems Engineering, Information Systems, or Engineering Management.  Students are encouraged to complete a research-based thesis to demonstrate their systems engineering skills.  Graduate assistantships are available for full-time students.  Late afternoon and evening courses accommodate working professionals.

The Master of Science program in Biology prepares students to apply biological research to real-world situations in business, industry, government, and education.  Students can explore biotechnology; bio-fuels; statistics; and environmental, molecular, and cellular biology in two tracks: thesis (based on research) or non-thesis (based on an internship).  Teaching and research assistantships are available.

The Master of Science programs in Chemistry and Biochemistry prepare students for real-world application of scientific research.  Chemistry graduate students take courses in the chemical and natural sciences, including advanced instrumental techniques and environmental concerns, in two tracks: thesis (based on research) or non-thesis (culminating in a comprehensive exam).  Biochemistry graduate students take coursework in the chemical and biological sciences, including cellular biology, biochemistry, and laboratory techniques, with the program culminating in a research-based thesis and defense.  Teaching and research assistantships are available.

The Master of Business Administration program prepares students for high-level management careers in business and other organizations.  Students learn the economic, political, and social environments in which businesses operate so that they can apply management techniques effectively as future business managers.  Coursework includes study of administration, accounting, finance, and marketing.  Graduate assistantships are available for full-time students.  Late afternoon and evening courses accommodate working professionals.


The Master of Science with a Major in Nursing program offers four areas of emphasis:  Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AACNP), Adult Acute Care/Family Nurse Practitioner (AACNP/FNP), Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and Nurse Educator.  Students take general nursing coursework as well as coursework tailored for the chosen emphasis, and hybrid classes allow the completion of most coursework online.  The course of study culminates in a thesis, directed research, or a comprehensive examination.​

The Master of Arts in English program allows students to specialize in literary and rhetorical study or in creative writing.  Literary/rhetorical coursework includes linguistics, composition, and American and British literature.  Creative writing students write in all major genres (poetry, fiction, nonfiction, drama) while learning the scholarly and theoretical backgrounds of each.  Evening courses accommodate working professionals.

The Master of Arts in History program offers three areas of emphasis: a General History option culminating in a thesis; a Teaching option for educators, culminating in a comprehensive examination; and a Public History option focusing on historic preservation and presentation, culminating in a comprehensive examination.  Students take historiography and detailed seminars on historical scholarship, as well as coursework specialized for the chosen emphasis.  Evening courses accommodate working professionals.

The Master of Education program provides students with content expertise and a deeper understanding of the pedagogy of teaching and learning.  Students complete a core of pedagogy courses focusing on literacy, instructional technology, and differentiation of instruction; a core of courses focusing on professional growth; and coursework in the emphasis area of their choice.  Areas of emphasis include art education, foreign languages, health and physical education, instructional technology, linguistically diverse education, music education, and special education.  The course of study culminates with review of a final portfolio (including a directed research project) and an oral examination.