Office of Admissions

Public affairs topics are at the center of almost every national debate. From education policy to affordable housing, criminal justice reform to energy independence, these issues affect our neighborhoods, our cities and our society as a whole. To move forward and find solutions, the country needs leaders and collaborators with in-depth knowledge and a long-term vision. Determined to make a difference in your community? As Colorado’s top school for public affairs, public administration and criminal justice, CU Denver School of Public Affairs is a great place to start.

Degrees Offered

Master of Public Administration
Master of Criminal Justice
Dual Master of Public Administration/Master of Criminal Justice
Dual Master of Public Administration/Master of Arts in Applied Geography and Geospatial Sciences
Dual Master of Public Administration/Master of Arts in Economics
Dual Master of Public Administration/Master of Public Health
Dual Master of Public Administration/Master of Urban and Regional Planning
Dual Master of Public Administration/Juris Doctor
Doctor of Philosophy in Public Affairs
Graduate Crime Analysis Certificate
Graduate Disasters, Hazards and Emergency Management Certificate
Graduate Education Policy Certificate
Graduate Emergency Management and Homeland Security Certificate
Graduate Environmental Policy and Management Certificate
Graduate Gender-Based Violence Certificate
Graduate Local Government Certificate
Graduate Nonprofit Management Certificate
Graduate Public Policy Analysis Certificate

Fields of Specialization/Study Tracks

Education Policy
Environmental Policy
Nonprofit Management

Graduate Program Overview

There is a reason U.S. News & World Report ranks the CU Denver School of Public Affairs as the top public affairs school in Colorado, and among the best in the nation. We combine world-class faculty, an urban setting that creates opportunities for experiential learning, rigorous programs and flexible schedules. The result is a student body united in their vision for a better world and equipped with the practical skills to make it happen. Students gain real-world perspective working in the field and learning from professors who are shaping public policy through research.

Admissions Deadline

Preferred Application Deadlines (for Scholarship Consideration)

Fall: March 15
Spring: October 15
Summer: March 15

Final Application Deadlines

Fall: August 1
Spring: December 1
Summer: May 1

Admissions Overview

Please see the website for the most up-to-date information regarding admission criteria.

Contact Information

University of Colorado, Denver 1380 Lawrence St., Ste. 500
Denver, CO

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