University of Colorado Denver

School of Public Affairs

Public Administration


1380 Lawrence St., Room 1251

Denver, CO 80217

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master's M.P.A.; MPA - Executive MPA; Accelerated MPA, Doctoral Ph.D. - Public Affairs, Certificate Nonprofit Management; Domestic Violence; Local Government; Environmental Policy and Law; Emergency Management and Homeland Security; Homeland Security and Defense

Format: Campus

Program Description:

If your goal is to advance your ability to implement policy or manage government and nonprofit organizations, the MPA degree can help you accomplish it with 36 semester hours of coursework. The curriculum is built upon core courses that develop essential problem-solving and decision-making skills. Organizational Management and Change, Economics and Public Finance, Democracy and Policy Making, and Information and Analytic Methods are just some of the courses that offer first-hand opportunities to study the important issues of public affairs. Most classes are offered in the late afternoon and evening to accommodate the working schedules of the many SPA students who are already firmly established in the field.


The Graduate School of Public Affairs is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Public Administration.

International Student Requirements:

International students who wish to pursue graduate study at CU-Denver must have earned an undergraduate bachelor's degree, or its equivalent, and must fulfill all other admissions requirements of the graduate program to which they are applying. In addition, all international students whose first language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or its equivalent. For the MPA Program, a score of 550 or higher on the paper test or a 213 or higher on the computer-based test is required and for the MCJ Program, a 525 or higher on the paper test or a 197 or higher on the computer-based test is required before CU-Denver will process the application for admission. In Colorado Springs, a minimum TOEFL score of 550 on the paper-based exam is required; on the computer-based exam, the minimum required score is 213. In addition applicants are required to take the Aptitude Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Loans Offered: Students are encouraged to work with the University's Financial Aid Office to obtain information on financial aid opportunities. University of Colorado Denver FASFA Code: 004508

Locale: Large City

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