Adams State University - Master's Degree

Adams State University (ASU) is a small, state-supported liberal arts university in Alamosa, Colorado, U.S., in the San Luis Valley, home to the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve.

  • Average Tuition USD 33,145

School Description

ASU was founded in 1921 as a teacher's college. Billy Adams, a Colorado legislator who would later become a three-term governor of Colorado, worked for three decades before obtaining the authorization to found Adams State Normal School in 1921, to provide higher education opportunities for teachers from remote and rural areas of Colorado, such as the San Luis Valley, and see them work in those same areas.

Master Programs

  • 208 Edgemont Blvd, Alamosa, CO 81102, United States

    Business Administration

    USD 18,585 Tuition Fee

    A program that generally prepares individuals to plan, organize, direct, and control the functions and processes of a firm or organization. Includes instruction in management theory, human resources management and behavior, accounting and other quantitative methods, purchasing and logistics, organization and production, marketing, and business decision-making.

  • 208 Edgemont Blvd, Alamosa, CO 81102, United States

    Cultural Studies

    USD 15,735 Tuition Fee

    An interdisciplinary program that focuses on the analysis and critique of culture in its varied forms, including values, ideas, belief systems, and expressive acts, and the relationship between cultural forms, everyday life, and structures of power. Includes instruction in anthropology, communications, history, literary studies, philosophy, political economy, and sociology, as well as recent theories and methodologies such as semiotics, deconstruction, postcolonial studies, gender theory, and ethnography.

  • 208 Edgemont Blvd, Alamosa, CO 81102, United States


    USD 15,465 Tuition Fee

    Instructional programs that focus on the theory and practice of learning and teaching, and related research, administrative and support services.

  • 208 Edgemont Blvd, Alamosa, CO 81102, United States

    Educational Technology

    USD 15,465 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on integrating technology into educational curricula. Includes instruction in foundations of educational technology, computer applications, utilizing technology for assessment, multimedia instruction, web-based instruction, distance education, and designing and producing educational software and materials.

  • 208 Edgemont Blvd, Alamosa, CO 81102, United States

    Fine Arts

    USD 15,735 Tuition Fee

    Any instructional program in fine arts and art studies not listed above.

  • 208 Edgemont Blvd, Alamosa, CO 81102, United States


    USD 14,850 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on combined studies and research in the humanities subjects as distinguished from the social and physical sciences, emphasizing languages, literatures, art, music, philosophy and religion.

  • 208 Edgemont Blvd, Alamosa, CO 81102, United States


    USD 15,735 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the knowledge and skills associated with personal music appreciation, the playing of a musical instrument, singing or recreational composition. This CIP code is not valid for IPEDS reporting.

  • 208 Edgemont Blvd, Alamosa, CO 81102, United States

    Physical Education

    USD 15,735 Tuition Fee

    A general program that focuses on activities and principles that promote physical fitness, achieve and maintain athletic prowess, and accomplish related research and service goals. Includes instruction in human movement studies, motivation studies, rules and practice of specific sports, exercise and fitness principles and techniques, basic athletic injury prevention and treatment, and organizing and leading fitness and sports programs.

  • 208 Edgemont Blvd, Alamosa, CO 81102, United States

    Public Affairs

    USD 15,735 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the systematic analysis of public policy issues and decision processes. Includes instruction in the role of economic and political factors in public decision-making and policy formulation, microeconomic analysis of policy issues, resource allocation and decision modeling, cost/benefit analysis, statistical methods, and applications to specific public policy topics.

  • 208 Edgemont Blvd, Alamosa, CO 81102, United States


    USD 15,735 Tuition Fee

    A general program that focuses on the design and provision of teaching and other educational services to children or adults with special learning needs or disabilities, and that may prepare individuals to function as special education teachers. Includes instruction in diagnosing learning disabilities, developing individual education plans, teaching and supervising special education students, special education counseling, and applicable laws and policies.

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Admission Requirements

  • Minimum GPA 2.50
  • Minimum incoming TOEFL 79
  • Minimum incoming GMAT 570
  • Minimum SAT 1330
  • Minimum ACT 19


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    Established in 1921


    Four Adams State University academic programs have Program of Excellence Awards from the Colorado Commission on Higher Education.

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          • Testimony
            1978-1981, Bachelor of Arts, Interdisciplinary / ECE

            I was more than prepared to successfully teach students Nursery through Grade 8. The warm and supportive staff excelled in their subject areas. ASC is more than an academic institution, it is a home away from home. I am still impressed by the interpersonal skills of the teaching professionals as well as the non-curricular personnel.

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            2012-2015, Master of Arts (MA), Clinical Mental Health Counseling

            I liked the program of the university, during my time there I was a distance learner and the summer intensives meeting all the people from my Cohort. Two years of intensives and activities were great and I saw places I never seen before such as Creed, Colorado and Taos, New Mexico. This program is designed to help you become aware of who you are personally and professionally. Becoming counselor is one of my dreams that I turned into reality.

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            1965-1969, B.A., History/Political Science

            I am a 1969 graduate of Adams State. After receiving my Bachelor of Arts degree in history and political sicence, I attended the University of Denver College of Law, graduated from there in 1972, and am currently a legal advisor for the Colorado State Patrol. My 4 years at Adams more than prepared me for my future career. It was the most thought-provoking and engrosssing educational experience of my life ! With virtually no exception, the professors and learning environment at the school were totally focused on the student and that constantly prodded me to channel my passions so I would use my talents positively in service to others. Law School did not hold a candle to the intellectual experience that I gained attending Adams State University. I can say without hesitation, that Adams State was a place that was most serious about teaching their students. I feel that I more than got my money's worth from my time there and remember most of my experiences while attending the school, with great fondness. I would highly recommend Adams State to anyone who wants to learn and excel in their future.