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Domestic Violence Program FAQ's

What is the Program on gender-related violence (PgV)?

The PGV represents all the academic programs offered by the University of Colorado Denver's Center on Domestic Violence. PGV students may earn a Master of Public Administration​ or a Master of Criminal Justice degree with a concentration in Gender-Based Violence. Two stand alone graduate level academic certificates are also available, one in Gender-Based Violence Studies and the other in Interpersonal Violence and Health Care. The course curriculum for all of these programs combines online learning with intensive periods of study on the University of Colorado Denver campus.

What is a cohort?

Students are accepted into the Program on Domestic Violence (PDV) once each year as a cohort, a group that takes courses in tandem and participates in organized events and activities featuring local practitioners and national experts. Cohort sessions, also known as intensives, explore practical applications to classroom knowledge and build a personal and professional network for students to rely on throughout their degree program and their careers. 

What is an intensive?

Students in the PGV learn together during week-long periods of intensive study in Denver. These intensives take place twice each year, once in January and once in August. Typically one half of a course from a previous intensive is finished during an intensive, and the first half of another is started. Guest lecturers, multi-media presentations, and small group exercises are often incorporated during the intensives. 


Admission requirements are different for degree-seeking Masters students and those pursuing graduate-level certificates. All students must complete an application on the UC Denver School of Public Affairs website and meet with the Director of the Center on Domestic Violence, Barbara Paradiso, for an entrance interview. Click here for a full list of application requirements. 

What are the degree requirements for the mpa/mcj?

The Program on Gender-Based Violence is offered as a concentration within two degree programs offered by the School of Public Affairs: the Masters of Public Administration (MPA) and the Masters of Criminal Justice (MCJ). Please see the UCD School of Public Affair's website for up to date information on both degree programs. 

How long does it take to complete the program?

For the certificate programs, the program will take two years to complete. For the degree programs, the length will vary depending on the amount of MCJ/MPA core classes you decide to take each semester. 

Do I need to live in Denver?

No. However, students must be in Denver twice per year to attend the week-long intensives. Other classes can be taken online to fulfill degree requirements of the MPA or the MCJ.

Can I work full-time and enroll in the program?

Yes, although you should allow time in your schedule for attending the intensives twice per year.

How much is tuition?

Tuition rates are given each year in early June. Up to date tuition rates​ for the UCD School of Public Affairs can be found here. Please note that as part of the UCD School of Public Affairs participates in the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP), which provides in-state tuition rates for students from 14 western states. Click here for more information about the WRGP. | Physical Address: 1380 Lawrence St., Ste. 500  Denver, CO  80204 | Mailing Address: University of Colorado Denver, SPA, Campus Box 142, P.O. Box 173364, Denver, CO 80217-3364 | ph: 303.315.2228 | fax: 303.315.2229 | SPA Website Feedback

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