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Graduate Certificates & Concentrations


Graduate Certificates:

  • Any individual who has completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university is eligible to enroll in a SPA graduate certificate program.
  • SPA offers a variety of graduate certificates to help you advance your career.   
  • The majority of students pursuing a graduate certificate have earned a graduate degree in another field and pursue a certificate to gain expertise in a specific policy or management area within public affairs. 
  • SPA graduate certificates follow the curriculum of our concentration areas or, if they are seeking a Certified Public Manager designation, the requirements for the CPM program. 

​SPA Graduate Certificates

Requirements & Application:

  • Graduate certificates on the Denver campus require five courses (15 credit hours). 
  • To apply, fill out the UCD non-degree application and submit it with an application fee ($50) and a copy of your undergraduate transcript. 
  • Please send application documents to Dawn Savage (if your last name begins with A – K) or Antoinette Sandoval (if you last name begins with L – Z).  
  • The UC Denver address is: Campus Box 142, PO Box 173364  Denver, CO  80217.
  • If you decide to use credits from a graduate certificate toward a MPA or MCJ degree at UCD, you must be accepted as a degree-seeking student before completing more than nine credit hours.
  • Graduate Certificate Student Info Form

SPA also offers a national certification program for public managers that consists of 12 modules conducted via weekend seminars or through an online format. 

Concentration Areas:

  • Both the Master of Public Administration and Master of Criminal Justice programs offer students the opportunity to select a concentration area within the degree.
  • Five courses (15 credits) are usually required to complete a concentration and concentration courses are used to satisfy the electives requirement of the SPA master’s degree.
  • Students may select a concentration area on their UCD graduate application or may select a concentration after enrolling in courses at the SPA. 
  • Approximately half of our graduate students select and complete a specific concentration, while the remaining students will choose electives from a variety of concentration areas to best meet their professional goals.
  • Students interested in pursuing a concentration area should meet with their faculty advisor to seek approval for their elective courses and receive advice on other concentration requirements.

​SPA Concentration Areas

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