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PGV Master of Public Administration

A Masters of Public Administration with a concentration in Gender-Based Violence (MPA-PGV) focuses on organizational management and public policy, helping service organizations integrate grassroots social justice work with good administrative practice. This degree prepares individuals to manage organizational operations, advocate for change in policy and law, and advance understanding of the factors that enable violence to continue. 

The MPA-PGV uses an interdisciplinary approach to education that provides students with the ability to:

  • Lead and manage public, non-profit, and community-based organizations focused on interpersonal violence
  • Engage diverse individuals, systems and communities to address interpersonal violence
  • Analyze, synthesize and think critically about the nature, scope and root causes of interpersonal violence
  • Advocate for public policies and practices that effectively address interpersonal violence

The degree plan for MPA-PGV requires a total of 36 credit hours of study, which includes six MPA core courses, four week-long intensive PGV courses, an elective, and a capstone project. The PGV courses, which combine online learning with four (4) week-long intensive courses in Denver over the course of two years, are as follows:

  • Nature and Scope of Interpersonal Violence
  • Psychology of Interpersonal Violence 
  • Interpersonal Violence Law and Public Policy
  • Leadership, Advocacy and Social Change​

Students interested this program must apply and enroll within the University of Colorado Denver's School of Public Affairs, and must adhere to all master degree program requirements. Students are admitted first to the degree program, and then to the PGV. As part of the application process, applicants interview with the program director, Barbara Paradiso, to discuss the unique nature of the concentration’s content, cohort structure, and scheduling.

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For additional information, please contact the Center on Domestic Violence at or (303) 315-2489.

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