Arizona Graduate Schools

A Graduate School is an education institution that offers graduate degrees, including Master and Doctorate degrees. This page lists all accredited graduate schools in the state of Arizona that provide full-time or part-time graduate education leading to a postgraduate degree.

Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ 85287-1203
(602) 965-7788

Northern Arizona University
P.O. Box 4125
Flagstaff, AZ 86011-4125
(520) 523-4348

Prescott College
220 Grove Avenue
Prescott, AZ 86301
(520) 778-2090

University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ 85721-0007
(520) 621-3132

University of Phoenix
4615 East Elwood Street
P.O. Box 52069
Phoenix, AZ 85072-2069
(602) 966-9577 ext.customer

Arizona State Overview

“├írida zona” comes from Spanish and means something like “desert area”. In the 16th century, European missionaries traveled to what is now the American Southwest. After Mexico gained independence from Spain in 1810, Arizona belonged entirely to Mexico. The territory was ceded to the United States in 1848 after Mexico’s defeat in the Mexican-American War.

Arizona joined the Union on February 14, 1912, making it the 48th and last continental state.

Arizona is best known for its desert climate, extremely hot summers and mild winters. Temperatures are slightly cooler in the northern highlands. Special attractions of the state are the Grand Canyon and many other national parks. On the border with Utah is Monument Valley with its table mountains, which served as a backdrop for filming in many westerns.

Geographical location

Arizona is one of the “Four Corners” states and forms the only four-country corner in the USA with Colorado, New Mexico and Utah. Arizona borders California to the southwest and Nevada and Utah to the northwest. In the northeast, the country meets Colorado. The east borders New Mexico. The southern border with Mexico stretches 626 km.

Capital city: Phoenix
Largest metropolis: Phoenix
Nickname: The Grand Canyon State
The Copper State
Motto: Ditat Deus (God enriches)


Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument

One of Arizona’s most active volcanoes is Sunset Crater Volcano, located about 5 miles from Wupatki National Monument and not far southeast of the Grand Canyon. Its origin dates back to the period between 1064 and 1065, when a massive eruption took place near the present-day town of Flagstaff. The new volcano, which awoke to life, spewed huge amounts of volcanic ash and slag. At that time, the explosion destroyed all life in the area and destroyed all agricultural farms and the stone pueblos of the original Indigenous Indians. The survivors had to flee to safety and find a new home elsewhere. The lightest parts of the ash covered an area of 1300 square kilometers.

Sunset Crater Volcano belongs to the volcanic zone of the main peak of the San Francisco Peak area and reaches a height of 2451 meters above sea level. Even today, the surrounding landscape is largely covered with black volcanic dust, congested lava flows and only in some places green grass or tall pine trees appear. The main lava flow then flowed along the west side of the crater, creating a 5 km2 slag field called Bonito Lava Flow.

In the past, the crater exploded several more times, the strongest eruptions took place in 1180, 1264 and 1300. During the last eruption, liquid lava erupted to a height of several hundred meters. Even today, however, seismographs at Ranger Station experience slight tremors. The Hopi Indians considered the local craters to be the abode of the wind god.

The crater is the most photogenic and stands out most at sunset, when it is colored red. John Wesley Powell, an American soldier, geologist and explorer of the American West, was also impressed by this view. Since 1930, Sunset Crater Volcano has been protected by the National Monument. Thanks to its timely announcement, Hollywood filmmakers were prevented from destroying the site by using dynamite, which was supposed to create a real avalanche for the then catastrophic film.

Today, the volcano with its lava fields, well-preserved crater and black dunes is a major tourist attraction, for which thousands of visitors come here every year. An educational trail leads to the foot of the crater, where you will learn interesting facts about the area and get acquainted with individual types of lava. However, the very top of the crater is still 300 meters higher, but from a security point of view it is not open to the public. A large influx of tourists would result in extensive erosion and, in addition, a relatively challenging and steep slope leads to the top.