Message from President
Welcome to Metropolitan State University of Denver! As Colorado’s preeminent urban university, we’ve been transforming the lives of students for more than 50 years. Throughout our history, we’ve been known as a gateway to opportunity through broad access, quality academics and education relevant to the Colorado economy.
Today, we have more than 19,000 students, whose diversity mirrors the ethnic demographics of our state. With 39.5 percent students of color, we are proud to have the most diverse student body of Colorado’s four-year universities. And we are also proud that the large majority of our 88,000 alumni stay at home, fueling the economic and cultural vitality of our great state.
At MSU Denver, we know that education is not a one-size-fits-all endeavor, which is why we offer students a variety of academic programs. They can choose from five master's degrees, 67 bachelor's degrees, 85 minors, 31 certificates and 33 licensures. And we’re always evaluating our programs to see where we can refine and expand.
Here are just a few of the initiatives we’re working on right now that will create exciting new opportunities for students:
- Our Aerospace and Engineering Sciences Building will open in June 2017 and serve as a training ground for the next generation of professionals in aerospace and advanced manufacturing. We collaborated with industry leaders to develop a curriculum that will educate a highly competent workforce in an area of real need.
- Our partnership with the Detroit Institute of Music Education brings education to aspiring musicians in Detroit, Denver or online. Students can study performance, songwriting and music entrepreneurship with our faculty, while also building an impressive network of professional contacts.
- A new partnership with RK, a regional leader in mechanical contracting and custom manufacturing, will help RK employees move into leadership roles in their respective fields. Trade workers who have completed a Department of Labor-certified apprenticeship and received their journeymen’s license are eligible for a 30-credit-hour block that they can apply toward a bachelor’s degree in construction project management at MSU Denver.
The future is bright at MSU Denver! Whether you are a prospective student, the parent of a student, a casual visitor or a long-time supporter, I invite you to explore all that our University has to offer.
Stephen M. Jordan, Ph.D.