- 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.
- 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
The SPA is a partner in the Center for Sustainable Infrastructure Systems (CSIS) and offers a multi-disciplinary, four course certificate in Sustainable Urban Infrastructure.