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Accredited Online Master of Public Administration at University of Colorado Denver- CU Online - Denver, CO

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online Masters of Public Administration

Program Requirements

The Master of Public Administration distance program requires a minimum of 36 semester credit hours of graduate course work.

  • All students complete six core (required) courses, five elective courses, and a capstone.
  • All students complete either a client based capstone project (that allows you to apply the skills from the MPA program to a real life organization) or you may choose to complete a two-semester thesis option.


Core Required MPA Courses


You'll complete 6 (18 semester credit hours) of the following core MPA course requirements. All MPA core courses are available in both online and in-person formats.

  • PUAD 5001 Introduction to Public Administration
  • PUAD 5002 Organizational Management and Behavior
  • PUAD 5003 Research and Analytic Methods
  • PUAD 5004 Economics and Public Finance
  • PUAD 5005 Policy Process and Democracy
  • PUAD 5006 Ethics and Leadership

MPA Concentrations


Students pursuing an entirely online degree in Public Administration, may complete the general MPA, as well as concentrations in:

  • Nonprofit management
  • Homeland defense

Students who can take elective courses on campus may additionally select concentrations in:

  • Environmental policy
  • Domestic violence
  • Local government
  • Emergency management

If you do not have work experience in the public or nonprofit sectors, you must complete a 3 credit internship (giving you 39 total credit hours). ​​


Check out the list of available MPA courses for the semester.

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