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


The School of Public Affairs aims to lead the field of public service, solve pressing social problems and change the world for the better by conducting cutting-edge research and preparing the next generation of public and nonprofit leaders.

The University of Colorado Denver's School of Public Affairs online Master of Public Administration degree will give you the credentials, skills and education to make your resume stand out.

Whether you are beginning your career, switching from the private sector or seeking to advance your current public service career, the online MPA will give you an edge in an increasingly competitive job market.

Online Master 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.

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


Online Master of Public Administration 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). ​​


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