About IGS

Now in our 50th Year!

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The Institute for Graduate Studies (IGS) began as the International Graduate School of Education in 1971 in Denver, Colorado, as a non-profit institution of higher learning.

IGS has conducted quality graduate programs in Wisconsin since 1971 and has been officially recognized to conduct such courses by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

IGS is dedicated to developing and conducting innovative graduate study programs of high quality and scholarship. Over the last 46 years IGS has enrolled more than 60,000 graduate students in study programs in Wisconsin and over 100,000 students in a total of 39 states, nationwide.

IGS  National Headquarters

Dr. Edward Pino Ed.D, Ph.D – Founder and Leader 1970-2015

Cristina Barreto Pino – President & CEO

Colorado Branch Office

Sherry Mills, MA, CMP – Registration Manager & Director of Operations
2220 Glenwood Circle
Colorado Springs, CO 80936
Phone: 877-447-7895
Email: smills.attendigs@gmail.com

For more information, please contact us!

How Good Are Our Courses?

Quality Assurance Strategies

Equal 100% Accountability

Students will receive credit professional development graduate course.

  1. Performance Money Back Guarantee:

A 100% refund of tuition and any material costs are provided without question when someone drops a course due to dissatisfaction with our “product”. Request for refund must be made within 3 weeks of the course start date.  (To our best knowledge, IGS is the only Institution of Higher Learning offering graduate level courses in the state of WI to have this practice.)

  1. Accreditation:

University of North Dakota College of Education is CAEP accredited and the institution is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Colorado State University-Pueblo is regionally accredited through the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

  1. Academic Rigor:

IGS follows the widely practiced Carnegie Unit Guidelines. Course syllabus for all  IGS courses are available upon request: smills.attendigs@gmail.com. Each syllabus specifies, in part, the credit hour expectation in terms of the course content and class schedule as well as on site and homework assignments, all of which follow the widely practiced.  All syllabi are reviewed and approved regularly by University of North Dakota and/or Colorado State University-Pueblo

Carnegie unit graduate level guidelines for contact hours and out-of-class assignments. All syllabi are reviewed and approved regularly by University of North Dakota. All new face-to-face, hybrid and online course syllabi must be approved prior to being offered.

  1. Course Evaluations:

All students are invited to evaluate all courses in which they are enrolled. The results of these separate evaluations are carefully reviewed by University of North Dakota and Colorado State University-Pueblo. The following student’s opinion is typical of countless number of comments received: “I learned more in this one graduate course than in more than 30 other hours of graduate study.” (2014 WI Teacher)

  1. Faculty Excellence: 

All faculty members hold at least a Master’s Degree and have been approved by University of North Dakota and Colorado State University-Pueblo. Many are published authorities in their own right and use both  current and “classical” textbooks for their courses. All instructors for CSU-Pueblo courses hold at least a Master’s Degree and have served at least 5 years in a relevant field.


We welcome close scrutiny of any and all of our courses and instructors. Evaluators are welcome to attend our courses, carefully review our course syllabi, talk to our instructors about the courses they offer and ask a good sampling of our alumni to determine their feelings about the value of our courses to them. Any meaningful feedback is invited and encouraged.

A Cut Well Above the Rest!

We challenge any other WI institution of higher learning to match this level of academic rigor and accountability.

“There is nothing so unequal as the equal treatment of unequals.”
Felix Frankfurter, past Associate Justice US Supreme Court