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The Graduate School at UNC

Welcome to the Graduate School at the University of Northern Colorado. As a doctoral research university, we can help you start or advance your professional or academic career with small class sizes, nationally recognized faculty, sophisticated facilities and affordable tuition with more than 100 programs of study on campus, off campus or online.

We are committed to your success as a graduate student, providing relevant academic and professional coursework and real-world experiences in an environment where faculty and staff value personal attention as a key to learning.

The university’s location in Greeley, in the heart of one of the fastest-growing counties in Colorado, provides you access to an abundance of housing choices, job opportunities and cultural, recreational and entertainment amenities.

Graduate Student Success Stories

Dissertation Examines Maya Education in Postcolonial Belize

Jenny Pettit went to Belize three times to conduct research for her dissertation “Educational Experiences that Influence the Upward Mobility of Maya Women in Belize,” which was awarded UNC’s Graduate Dean’s Citation for Outstanding Dissertation last year. Pettit identified three Maya women who were leaders in their communities and examined how their educational and other life experiences had influenced their success.

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Jenny Pettit with Assistant Professor Derek Gottlieb at the fall 2022 Graduate Dean's Citation Ceremony.

Graduate’s Psychological Safety Study Could Change Nursing Education

A University of Northern Colorado graduate’s dissertation has the potential to change education for nursing students everywhere.

“My two loves are nursing and education. I’m interested in trying to figure out how we can teach the next generation better and make them more prepared,” said Melissa Anozie.

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Applied Statistics and Research Methods Graduate Uses Data Science to Improve Victim Outcomes

When Broomfield, Colorado-based data executive Idilio Moncivais searched for a university where he could study applied statistics combined with research methods, he found the University of Northern Colorado — the only university in the state and one of few nationwide to offer the program he wanted. 

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Idilio Moncivais being hooded at the doctoral hooding ceremony.

Dissertation Fellowship Supports Student’s Cancer Research

Lea Haverbeck Simon wants to make a difference in the lives of breast cancer patients. Haverbeck Simon, a student in the Sport and Exercise Science Ph.D. – Exercise Physiology Concentration program, was awarded a Dissertation Fellowship this year for her research, “Effects of Exercise Training on Circulating Cancer-Associated Immune Cells in Breast Cancer Patients.”

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Criminal Justice Master’s Student Honored with Dean’s Citation for Excellence

When Naya Russell-Coprich started her studies at the University of Northern Colorado, she wanted to be a police officer like her grandfather — one of the first black police officers in Denver. After earning a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a Master of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice from UNC, Russell-Coprich has a new focus.

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Naya Russell-Coprich at the Graduate Dean's ceremony with faculty

An engaging, quality education

Our smaller class sizes and engaged faculty provide personalized interactions, customized learning opportunities and meaningful collaborations, inspiring students to achieve beyond their expectations.

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An investment you can manage

Our competitive tuition and multiple forms of student support affords you the opportunity to pursue an exceptional education with nationally recognized faculty and scholars.

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Programs that fit your schedule

With the combination of offerings on campus, off campus and online, UNC graduate programs are designed to fit around your busy schedule. No matter where you study we take pride in the fact you study with core UNC faculty.