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Metro State’s newly approved master’s programs attract strong student interest

Contact: Tim Carroll, Office 303-556-5136, Cell 303-870-7705

Posted: July 8, 2010

(Denver, Colo.) — Metropolitan State College of Denver received final approval and accreditation last week from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) to proceed with the College’s three planned master’s degree programs. The inauguration of the incoming fall 2010 class will represent the first time Metro State has offered graduate-level coursework and programs.

“This marks a significant milestone in the College’s journey to preeminence,” Metro State President Stephen Jordan says. “I want to acknowledge the hard work of so many of our colleagues who shared my vision for Metro State and its 45-year evolution. This is an exceptionally great day to be a Roadrunner!”

The College was approved for three master’s programs including Master of Art in Teaching, Master of Social Work and Master of Professional Accountancy. The accounting and teaching programs will begin in fall 2010 and have a July 30 deadline for completed applications. The social work program will begin in fall 2011, and has an April 1, 2011 deadline for that semester only.

“Even before we obtained approval for the program, we had already collected nearly 700 names of people who wanted more information about registering,” Associate Director of Admissions Michelle Brown says. “I didn’t anticipate the level of enthusiasm we have received for the programs so far.”

For the fall semester, accounting plans to offer 14 classes, while the teaching program plans to offer nine classes in elementary education and eight classes in special education. Given the short timeframe between now and the July 30 application deadline, interested students are encouraged to apply right away.

“The importance of holding a master’s in teaching for a career in education has never been greater. I’m pleased that Metro State is providing such a critical and affordable degree,” Godsman Elementary Principal Patricia Hurrieta says.

“Metro State’s new graduate program offers unique accounting paths, such as fraud, as well as incorporating real business experience,” says Causey Demgen & Moore, Inc. staff auditor Carolyn Barker.  “For these reasons, I plan to return and to continue my accounting studies.”

To learn more about the programs students can visit Metro State’s home page at, which contains links to all three of the new programs.


About Metropolitan State College of Denver

With more than 23,000 students, Metro State is Colorado’s leader in educating undergraduate Coloradans, and is one of the largest four-year public colleges in the nation. The College enrolls the highest number of students of color among four-year colleges in the state. It boasts 66,000 alumni, with the bulk of them remaining in Colorado after graduation.