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Vision, Mission, and Values


The Graduate School is to become an internationally recognized center for excellence in graduate education, postdoctoral training, innovation, and leadership, and thereby contribute to the development of the University of Colorado Denver as a leading public, research-intensive university.


The mission of the Graduate School is three-fold in support of the University, our students, the faculty, and our training programs.

  1. EDUCATION: to enhance and advance outstanding educational experiences for all members of the university and the adjacent community through excellence in graduate education;
  2. INNOVATION: to encourage and support excellence and innovation in research, creative and scholarly work;
  3. LEADERSHIP: to recruit and train the next generation of highly educated leaders from diverse backgrounds to serve and lead in our communities, nation and the world.


We value the highest standards of learning, discovery, and creative work in an atmosphere of inclusion, collaboration, and community, being guided by the highest standards of ethical conduct.

Student Learning Objectives

Each graduate program has established specific learning objectives and goals for students in their program. These objectives and goals are also available on the individual program websites.

Strategic Plans

Graduate School Strategic Plan
University of Colorado Strategic Plan


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