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With over 30 advanced degree programs, the college helps graduate students cultivate their knowledge while exploring issues at the cutting edge of their fields. By collaborating with renowned faculty and community organizations, our graduate students receive a well-rounded education that strengthens creative inquiry and empowers them to help solve challenges around the world. In our masters, doctorate and certificate programs, advancing your career–and making your mark on the world–is within your reach.

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Master's
A master’s degree is the first level of graduate study, typically requiring one to two years of full-time study. To pursue a master’s, you’ll need an undergraduate (bachelor’s) degree. Many degrees are specialized to prepare you to enter the job market as a highly qualified applicant or work as an educator in your field.
Doctoral
A doctoral degree is the highest achievable graduate degree, preparing students to work in the upper echelons of their field as either practitioners or educators. Many doctoral candidates complete a dissertation, thesis or project based off original research, defending their work in front of a committee of experts. Others take rigorous coursework that prepares them for professional practice and licensure.
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A graduate certificate is approximately equivalent to a bachelor’s or master’s degree, but with a more limited scope. Most can be achieved in a year or less, and many confer professional benefits such as licensure. Learn more about federal-aid designated certificates.
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College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Affective / Social / Cognitive Psychology

PhD

About this Program

Our program in affective, social and cognitive psychology prepares you for a career conducting research into how people feel, think, and behave in response to others. We champion a collaborative, integrative and cross-disciplinary approach centered around innovative research. During your time at DU, you can expect to work closely with faculty and peers in labs.

Our approach to psychological science fosters intellectual curiosity and innovation, invests in people in a supportive and inclusive environment and serves the public good. Our recent graduates hold positions as active researchers and clinicians in colleges, universities, nonprofit research organizations and the private sector.

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Anthropology

MA

About this Program

Our MA focuses on public anthropology by applying the discipline's concepts, methods and insights to issues of contemporary relevance and concern. You'll gain valuable experience in archaeological field schools and community-engaged research projects or work in collections and in the Museum of Anthropology gallery. To hone your expertise, we offer three distinct degree tracks in Archaeology, Cultural Anthropology and Museum and Heritage Studies.

Real-world experiences help you develop professional skills that will prepare you for work in:

  • Research and teaching
  • Cultural resource management, museums and heritage sites
  • Public health and community development
  • Environmental conservation
  • Human rights and social welfare

We have long-established relationships with museums, Native American community partners, local nonprofit organizations and government agencies in the Rocky Mountain region and beyond. These relationships provide opportunities for collaborative research, internships and networking.

Whether you pursue a career as a professional anthropologist, field technician, museum professional, national park staff member or heritage site educator, you'll be informed by a cross-cultural and historical perspective on the human condition.

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Art History

MA

About this Program

A master’s in art history is perfect for students who wish to cultivate a deep understanding of the ways in which art and aesthetics develop and affect individuals and societies. Students have the option of pursuing a museum studies concentration within the program. You'll work closely with professors and internationally recognized visiting artists, curators and scholars. You'll also take part in scholarly research on your topic of choice. A wealth of class options will allow you the flexibility necessary to find what moves you, whether that means delving into the connections between art and technology or focusing on a specific cultural sphere or movement.

While we offer courses in most areas of world art, the program has a special emphasis on the arts of Europe, the Americas and Islamic art. Through official partnerships with the Denver Art Museum, the Clyfford Still Museum and the Western Center for Fine Art Conservation, you'll gain hands-on experience as an art historian. Our graduate community also works with emerging and established artists through the University of Denver's Vicki Myhren Gallery and the Madden Museum of Fine Art.

Many MA students go on to complete PhDs at universities such as Cornell University, University of California-Berkeley and University of Delaware.

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Artist Diploma, Conducting

Certificate

About this Program

The artist diploma in conducting is a highly selective program for students determined to pursue a professional career in conducting.

Working closely with a faculty mentor, you'll supplement your existing qualifications with a selection of graduate-level music courses and performance experience with Lamont ensembles.

Conductors in the Artist Diploma program get hands-on experience leading the Lamont Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble or choral ensembles.

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Artist Diploma, Performance

Certificate

About this Program

The artist diploma in performance is ideal for talented, passionate musicians determined to pursue careers as solo performers. With a minimum of academic requirements, students in the artist diploma program study one-on-one with faculty and enjoy a wealth of performance opportunities.

In this highly competitive program, artist diploma students serve as role models for their fellow students and peers. They also participate in appropriate large and small ensembles as assigned, often assuming a leadership position.

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Clinical Psychology (Child Emphasis)

PhD

About this Program

Our clinical psychology PhD program with an emphasis in child psychology is one of the few programs in the country that subscribes to a clinical science model. We value an approach that fosters curiosity, innovation, collaboration and inclusiveness, with research that serves the public good.

Our program is accredited by the APA. Students receive in-house training through the Center for Child and Family Psychology, the Developmental Neuropsychology Clinic and through apprenticeships. In addition, we offer clinical externships at local medical centers and community mental health centers. 

Our faculty conduct research on a variety of topics relevant to developmental psychopathology including the multifaceted impacts of trauma, health, and stress; complex risk and vulnerability factors; comorbidity; and innovative interventions. Graduates have pursued careers as professors and clinical science researchers.

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Communication Studies

MA

About this Program

The program is not currently accepting applications for fall 2020.

Our MA allows you to explore how communication influences humanity's understanding of cultures, relationships and communities. Whether examining the intersections of culture and communication, exploring how identity is communicated or analyzing how humans use language to persuade, you'll be exposed to diverse perspectives, ideologies and power structures. You'll also have the opportunity to customize your degree by choosing an area of focus and a degree completion method that matches your career goals.

Many students from our communication studies master's program find careers as passionate educators and faculty members, while others may establish careers in government, journalism, marketing, public relations, social justice advocacy or social work. You'll learn inclusive communication techniques as well as critical thinking and problem-solving skills that can support any role.

Visit the Communication Studies website for information for current students.

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Communication Studies

PhD

About this Program

This program is not currently accepting applications for fall 2020.

Our PhD program in communication studies gives students the tools and experience to become engaged teachers, scholars and community participants. Whether they're exploring the dimensions of human difference, examining the nature of interpersonal relationships or promoting social justice, students can dive deep into research questions that match their interests. Through rigorous study and active engagement with communities on and off campus, students can use communication to better understand people and systems, creating positive change.

This highly selective program centers on the art of teaching. Through exposure to creative teaching methods, focused teaching tutorials and hands-on experience as classroom instructors, students have the opportunity to develop a personal teaching philosophy and hone their skills as educators. Many graduates of our program become passionate, skilled educators or esteemed faculty at higher education institutions.

Visit the Communication Studies website for information for current students.

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Conducting

MM

About this Program

The master of music in conducting offers professional training in Western choral, orchestral and wind traditions. Students have the opportunity to conduct award-winning ensembles in the spectacular Gates Concert Hall, gaining valuable hands-on experience.

The program covers all aspects of conducting and music direction, as well as extra-musical activities such as managing personnel, working with music libraries, running auditions and recruiting. A combination of individual and seminar training will ensure you're prepared to advance your career upon graduation.

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Conducting

Certificate

About this Program

The certificate in conducting is designed for conductors who have already achieved a master's degree but are not yet ready to pursue an artist diploma program. Students receive training in the art of conducting for Western art music while developing crucial skills for all areas of conducting and music direction, including  hosting auditions, recruiting and managing personnel.

The certificate in conducting is available in three areas of study: orchestral, wind and choral, each of which will pair a student with one of Lamont's world-class music faculty. With the certificate in hand, graduates will be equipped to continue their studies with an artist diploma or doctoral degree, or to begin their pursuit of a professional music career.

A completed degree in music or its equivalent from a recognized school of music is required for admission.

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Denver Publishing Institute

Certificate

About this Program

DU's one-of-a-kind Publishing Institute offers four-week, graduate level programming each summer to help book lovers launch their publishing careers.

Top industry leaders run workshops, lectures and special sessions, including off-site field trips. Professionals guide you through the fast-paced world of editing, marketing and production in both independent publishing houses and global media companies.

As a student of the institute, you'll gain a strong educational foundation and real-world experience like mock interviews, marketing strategies and one-on-one discussions with seasoned publishers. You'll graduate as part of a network of alumni, connecting you to a community of writers and publishers across the country.

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Developmental Psychology

PhD

About this Program

The doctoral program in developmental psychology focuses on human developmental processes—including biological, cultural, social and psychophysiological factors. Our program values a collaborative, integrative approach to psychological science that fosters intellectual curiosity and innovation, invests in people in a supportive, inclusive environment, and serves the public good.

One of our primary goals is to prepare you for independent research, scholarship and teaching careers. We collaborate with Denver area organizations like the Denver Health Hospital Authority so that you receive unique, hands-on opportunities to develop practical knowledge and skills. You can also participate in faculty grant efforts and pursue independent research grants.

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Economics

MA

About this Program

While many economics programs focus strictly on teaching mainstream theories and quantitative skills, our MA in economics program challenges students to explore both mainstream and alternative theories. We place emphasis on gaining conceptual understandings in addition to the acquisition of quantitative skills. Instead of simply learning how to conduct economic analyses, students are encouraged to critically examine why those analyses have been formulated in specific manners, and to compare and contrast alternative approaches. With applied elective courses in many fields, students can analyze the specific economic and social policy issues that interest them.

Student research culminates with a thesis project that requires candidates to connect what they've learned, make analytical applications to economic problems, and articulate their arguments and conclusions using their own voice. The critical analytical skills, ability to think outside the box and preparation to conduct insightful research can enable graduates to enjoy long-term success in the public or private sector. Students may launch careers in governmental agencies, policy research organizations, the business sector or within Denver's thriving startup and renewable energy sectors.

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Emergent Digital Practices

MA

About this Program

Our MA in emergent digital practices is a two-year degree that examines the intersection of art and technology through a critical lens, addressing the broad cultural phenomenon of emerging technologies. We attract creative students who think critically and  work in spaces beyond the defined and familiar. To complete the degree program, you'll design a digital creation and evaluate the evolution of your project and its implementation through writing.

You may choose to explore interdisciplinary ideas and practices, including digital design, game design, data visualization, 3-D animation, sonic environments and modeling. The technical and creative problem-solving skills you can develop will leave you poised for success in the artistic or entrepreneurial worlds, where forward-thinking analysis fuses with tangible applications. Graduates have established careers as game designers, open hardware and software creators, art directors or technology critics — roles where their unique combinations of skills and perspectives are valued.

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Emergent Digital Practices

MFA

About this Program

Our MFA in emergent digital practices is a three-year, technically advanced degree in which you'll use new technologies to produce creative works. Through access to state-of-art spaces and hands-on opportunities to master diverse digital tools, you can push the boundaries of artistic and critical expression. As an MFA student, you'll complete your degree by creating and publicly showcasing a body of original artwork.

MFA students explore art forms ranging from interactive to visual to sonic. The technical and creative problem-solving skills emergent digital practices students develop leave them poised for success in the arts. Graduates have established fulfilling careers as open software or hardware designers, installation artists, curators, technology critics, gallery owners and academics. 

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

English and Literary Arts - Creative Writing

PhD

About this Program

As one of the top creative writing doctoral programs in the country, we offer motivated poetry and fiction writers the chance to refine their creative work while building a portfolio of literary criticism and scholarly writing. Our workshops integrate contemporary literature with creative exploration. In addition to poetry and fiction, we offer workshops and literature courses in areas such as nonfiction, travel writing, oral literature and narratology.

Our PhD is a theoretical doctorate: an experience that builds creative thinking alongside critical reading and research. Writers go on to publish novels, poetry collections and critical literary works. They hold tenure track positions at notable universities, edit long-standing journals and are represented by major presses. 

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English and Literary Arts - Literary Studies

MA

About this Program

Our flexible MA in English and literary arts immerses you in the critical study of literature while allowing you to tailor the degree to your talents and interests. Through close reading of texts across centuries and cultures, you'll analyze narratives and understand perspectives from a diverse spectrum of experiences. Choose from a wide range of courses, including interdisciplinary subjects such as cultural and gender studies. You can also enroll in small group tutorials that allow you to study topics that interest you. 

Many master's graduates choose to use their degree to apply to PhD programs. However, the critical thinking and writing skills utilized to obtain your degree can prepare you for a variety of careers where clear communication and creative problem-solving are valued. You may also find success in writing-focused careers, such as copywriting, publishing, journalism, business communication or technical writing.

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

English and Literary Arts - Literary Studies

PhD

About this Program

Our PhD in English and literary arts with a concentration in literary studies exposes you to a wide range of literature and literary theory as you prepare to teach and research at the university level. Our students draw connections across genres, relate theory to practice and work creatively on research projects.  

In this program, you'll teach various courses in literature and writing and develop your skills as an educator. You'll also be able to customize your professional development by organizing your own reading series, attending conferences and collaborating with faculty to publish original research. The curiosity, work ethic and analytical skills you'll cultivate throughout your studies can help you establish successful a career in both academic roles and professional settings that value communication and creative problem solving.

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International and Intercultural Communications

MA

About this Program

In today's increasingly globalized society, the world needs individuals who can navigate the complexities of communication across cultural and geographic borders. By combining courses from the Department of Media, Film and Journalism Studies and the prestigious Josef Korbel School of International Studies, students in the International and Intercultural Communication program gain the cultural knowledge and communications skills they need to be successful in this environment.

As a student in the International and Intercultural Communication program, you will have the freedom to build a personalized, relevant coursework plan that prepares you to pursue your unique professional goals.

You’ll have access to internationally recognized experts in the fields of communication, strategic messaging, international health communication and international relations. Our students complete internships at leading companies and nonprofit organizations and go on to find careers in a wide range of fields such as global health communication, public diplomacy, international education and administration, international PR and marketing communications.

Students in the International and Intercultural Communications program are also eligible to pursue the Public Diplomacy Certificate.

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Jazz Studies

Certificate

About this Program

Jazz studies certificate students will explore the principles of jazz and build a deep knowledge that extends to performance and creation. This is a one-year program designed for extended work in an applied jazz performance area.

Students in the jazz studies certificate program focus on a curriculum of applied lessons, ensemble participation and jazz electives. Because studios are kept small, all students at Lamont study individually with faculty and enjoy a wealth of performance experience. As they progress through the program, students develop the skills needed to launch their professional careers.

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Media and Public Communication

MA

About this Program

The MA in Media and Public Communication combines theory and practice to prepare you for successful careers in strategic communication, public relations, health communication, nonprofit management, media education, research and more.

Choose a concentration based on your interests and professional goals: The Strategic Communication concentration spans the fields of public relations, public affairs, health communication and brand management. The Media and Globalization concentration explores how media industries and technologies influence cultural, economic and political processes in contemporary societies.

Students in the Media and Public Communication program are also eligible to pursue the Public Diplomacy Certificate.

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Music Composition

MM

About this Program

Aspiring composers expand their creative language while developing a diverse portfolio of compositions. They receive a rigorous training in harmony, counterpoint, analysis, conducting, orchestration, digital audio and, of course, composition.

With over 300 performances each year and a high ratio of performance students to composition students, Lamont offers many opportunities to have your creative work performed. Our state-of-the-art recording studio is wired to every performance and rehearsal space, allowing you to graduate with a diverse portfolio of digitally recorded works.

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Music Performance

MM

About this Program

The master of music in performance prepares gifted musicians to pursue professional careers in music. This selective program provides a wealth of performance opportunities and a studio appointment with a faculty member.

Students receive extensive hands-on training in the performance of Western art music with a faculty of artist-teachers. Graduates go on to careers in performance, arts management, education, and more.

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Music Performance

Certificate

About this Program

The certificate in performance is a one-year program designed for extended work in an applied performance area. It combines personalized instruction, engaging classroom study and practical experience to provide students with a robust base of knowledge in their instrument. 

Working closely with the Lamont School of Music's top-tier faculty, students perform with their peers while preparing for professional work in the music industry.

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Music Theory

MA

About this Program

Our master's program in music theory offers budding educators, performers and composers a robust catalog of specialties and concentrations. Small class sizes and advanced coursework reflect the Lamont School of Music's reputation as a premier music school in the West. Courses are offered on a broad range of topics, including counterpoint, Schenkerian analysis, set theory, serialism, contour theory, neo-Riemannian techniques and more.

Under the close supervision of a faculty member, students write a thesis that contributes to the field on a topic of their choosing. By serving as Graduate Teaching Assistants for our undergraduate theory courses, our music theory students receive a scholarship and stipend and also immediately gain teaching experience.

Graduate students in the music theory program can also pursue a dual degree with any concentration from the master of music program. Equipped with this deep body of knowledge, music theory graduates go on to careers in music education, performance, composition, arrangement and arts direction or administration.

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Musicology

MA

About this Program

Committed to fostering critical thinkers and writers, the master of arts in musicology offers a wide range of courses in classical and vernacular Western and non-Western music. Courses focus on the study of music in its historical, analytical and cultural contexts. Master's candidates may also pursue a dual degree with a master of music in performance.

A master's thesis may draw on topics from a variety of sub-disciplines, including: 

  • Historical musicology
  • Popular music studies
  • Jazz history
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Music technology

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Orchestral Studies

Certificate

About this Program

Designed for instrumentalists who have already completed a music degree at a qualified institution, the certificate in orchestral studies is a one-year program that provides advanced orchestral training with a minimum of academic requirements. The program is selective, intensive and focused, and is geared toward instrumentalists determined to pursue an orchestral career. 

With two hours of one-on-one faculty instruction per week, students in the program refine their orchestral repertoire and gain a more thorough understanding of the challenges of performing orchestral music at the professional level. You graduate with refined performance abilities that provide you with a foothold in the competitive world of orchestral performance.

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Philosophy

MA

About this Program

Our dual degree program pairs intensive study of philosophy with another, in-progress graduate degree program in a complimentary field. Many students opt for a master's in religious studies, or another approved discipline. Our approach provides you with an interdisciplinary lens on philosophical thought and methodology. Our faculty specialize in the history of Western thought, interpretive and critical theory, practical philosophy, meta-philosophy, and studies in creative and critical reasoning about human nature and values.

The program culminates in a portfolio paper and oral exam to prepare you to take your knowledge into the field. Upon graduating, students pursue doctoral study or a range of career options from math and science to civil service, law and communications that involve problem-solving and reasoning skills.

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Piano Pedagogy

MM

About this Program

The master of music in piano pedagogy prepares musicians for professional careers through advanced levels of coursework, teaching practice and assessment. In maintaining high performance standards, the program is tailored to the 21st-century professional pianist-teacher.

Practical experience is integrated with all pedagogy coursework through the Lamont Piano Preparatory Program, a piano teaching laboratory. This program provides a unique opportunity for supervised teaching experience in both group and individual lesson settings while using a comprehensive and nationally respected curriculum. Faculty feedback and video recording provide individualized mentoring for maximum professional growth.

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Psychology Programs

PhD

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Religious Studies

Certificate

About this Program

The graduate certificate in Religious Studies offers in-depth grounding in key religions and traditions. Upon completion, you'll have gained a strong foundation in two major world religious traditions, theoretical approaches to the study of religion and knowledge of major issues in a particular religious tradition or aspect of religion. 

This certificate is designed for students currently enrolled in graduate programs in fields other than religious studies, as well as working professionals looking to enhance their credentials or expand their expertise in a new direction. Credits earned through the program can also apply toward the Religious Studies master's degree.

Students who successfully complete the program requirements will be awarded a graduate certificate. The program adheres to U.S. federal guidelines mandating 24-credit hours of graduate-level coursework.

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Religious Studies

MA

About this Program

Our masters in religious studies program emphasizes religious tradition as a crucial means of insight into contemporary, global issues. World religions deepen how we can understand international relations, politics, economics and more by encouraging conversation that crosses disciplinary boundaries. Our world-class faculty are active, engaged scholars who equip you with in-depth, applied knowledge of cross-cultural analytical tools. We ground religious study in theory while providing experiential opportunities through site visits, service learning, research and study abroad.

You can customize your educational experience by choosing from one of five areas of specialization and one of four degree-completion options (master's thesis, publishable journal article, research project or comprehensive examinations). Graduates from our program go on to attend top-tier doctoral programs in religious studies, while others become valuable contributors in career fields such as business, government, social work or journalism.

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Suzuki Pedagogy

Certificate

About this Program

For music educators looking to strengthen their abilities as instructors of the violin or cello, our certificate in Suzuki pedagogy provides comprehensive, long-term training in one of the world's most time-honored teaching methods. 

The successful completion of each level of this program entitles the participants to receive a Suzuki teaching certificate for that level from the Lamont School of Music. Lamont's certificate in the method is backed by the Suzuki Association of the Americas.

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Suzuki Pedagogy

MM

About this Program

The master of music in Suzuki pedagogy, offered for violin and cello, is a performance degree combined with a Suzuki certification. 

The Suzuki Method is a teaching system that has become a powerful and positive force in music education, and the Lamont School of Music is one of the few schools in the nation to offer certification paired with a graduate degree in music. In maintaining high performance standards, the program is tailored to the 21st-century professional artist-teacher.

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