CSU College of Liberal Arts Master’s Programs

Our graduate programs prepare people for a career in academia or a career in the public or private sector. You’ll study with leading scholars in their fields, and often, graduate students are able to teach undergraduate courses, gaining experience in the classroom. Many of our programs offer competitive stipends.

The world needs innovative, visionary leaders with a passion for serving the public good

International organizations, government agencies, and nonprofits are actively seeking skilled professionals to lead teams and develop policies that improve people’s lives. The Master of Public Policy and Administration (MPPA) prepares students for public sector or nonprofit leadership through an interdisciplinary curriculum that integrates research-based academic theory with real-world experience.

With professionally focused students in mind, the MPPA program offers classes on weekday evenings or online. Students currently working in the field can maintain their career momentum while engaging with a diverse student cohort and MPPA faculty, leading researchers and educators who bring their firsthand public service experience to each class. Faculty will lead in-depth discussions, facilitate hands-on learning experiences, and connect students with the world class city of Fort Collins, recipient of the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

Graduates of the MPPA program will be ready to work as executives, managers, analysts, and planners in a wide range of public sector agencies and nonprofit organizations.

Move industries of sport forward with a Master of Sport Management (MSM) from Colorado State University. The MSM prepares you for leadership in intercollegiate and professional athletics as well as recreational sport. Through a targeted interdisciplinary curriculum and direct professional experience, you can prepare for a career in the sport industry focusing on business development, sales, sport marketing, sport media and communications, facility and event management, community engagement, or sport law.

The MSM program welcomes students from diverse academic and professional backgrounds, from recent graduates to current professionals working as sport practitioners. Together, students explore the industries of sport and their own leadership abilities, focusing on values of selfless leadership, inclusive excellence, character and integrity, and globalization. In as little as 18 months, students develop the skills needed for success in sports leadership – strategic thinking, research interpretation, problem-solving, teamwork, and creativity.

Arts Management at the LEAP Institute for the Arts combines business management methods and processes related to the arts world to create a comprehensive understanding of the operational aspects of private and public arts organizations.\

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