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Are you interested in making a difference? 

You Can Now Apply Your Career and Technical Credits (CTEs) Toward a B.A. in Public Service. *CTEs must be from a regionally accredited institution and related to a public service field. Contact an advisor for more details.

Not in a vague, yeah-in-theory-that-sounds-good, kind of way. But an actual difference that lets you focus on your passion.

A Bachelors degree in Public Service (BAPS) allows you to affect issues you're passionate about while giving you a variety of career options and a wide range of job opportunities in Emergency Services or Emergency Management, Homeland Security, Nonprofits and others. There are also many electives in this program designed to enhance your preparedness for certain specialized positions. Check them out on the Program Requirements​ page on our site. 


DID YOU KNOW:                                                                  

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Center for 

Civil Society Studies, government and nonprofit jobs make 

up over ten percent of all employment in the United States.


Why this public service degree?

By studying Public Service at CU Denver, you'll earn a degree from a top-ranked program where online courses are taught by the same top-notch faculty as our in-person courses.​

Whether you are looking for a career in emergency services/preparedness with FEMA, local government or Homeland Security; or NonProfit Managment, 4th Sector, Public Policy, or Crisis Relations this degree will arm you with industry standards. 

Skills you'll obtain with this degree in Public Service:


  • Ability to work productively with others in collaborative environments.
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  • Aptitudes and skills needed to manage financial resources.

  • Knowledge to analyze information, think critically, and problem solve effectively in a public service environment.



All of these skills are highly marketable and will help you stand out.


Wondering more about current jobs in the public service field? 


Online Delivery

This public service degree is taught by the same accomplished professors who teach on campus.

This program will combine online education with multiple opportunities for you to have structured learning experiences tailored to your interests in your own communities.

Student/Faculty Ratio

Your online courses also maintain the same student/faculty ratio as the on campus courses - 17:1, so you'll have thoughtful, rich and vibrant interactions with your professor and peers.

Mix and Match

Since there's no distinction between online and on campus courses, you can choose whichever delivery method that works best for you and your schedule. Once you​ graduate, your degree is from the University of Colorado, regardless if you took online or on campus courses.

School of Public Affairs

The School of Public Affairs is known for offering top-ranked programs at a great value (US News & World Report ranks our MPA program #29 and our online MCJ program #9), we have a lot of experience in online education and the faculty teaching in our online programs are the same as those teaching in our in-person programs.


To get started with your career in public service, simply request more information with the form below. You'll have access to an instant download of information. 



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