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About the CU Denver School of Public Affairs

The CU Denver School of Public Affairs is creating the next generation of visionary leaders. Our downtown Denver location provides unprecedented access to a diverse urban environment where policy becomes practice. Our online courses give students flexibility and choices that fit their lifestyles. Our faculty’s expertise makes us a go-to resource for state and national policy makers, and for students who have a vision for a better future.

The U.S.News & World Report 2017 Best Graduate Schools​ publication ranks the CU Denver School of Public Affairs as the top public affairs school in Colorado, and among the best in the nation:

  • Master of Public Administration program ranked 34th in the country
  • SPA is one of the top five public institutions in the western United States that offer a graduate public affairs program
  • Online Master of Criminal Justice program ranked 13th nationally and 9th for online programs for veterans

Our Master of Public Administration concentrations are ranked:

  • 10th for environmental policy and management
  • 15th for nonprofit management
  • 24th for public management administration
  • 25th for city management and urban policy

A number of other organizations rank the CU Denver School of Public Affairs among the best schools in the nation, including:

  • Best Schools: 8th for online Master of Public Administration
  • Value Colleges: 12th among "Top 50 Best Value MPA Programs of 2016"
  • Best Value Schools: 13th among "Most Innovative Public Service Schools”
  • Best Colleges: 14th for online MPA
  • Top Management Degrees: 15th nationally for online MPA
  • College Values Online: ranked online Master of Criminal Justice program 7th in the nation.

Explore our website and watch the video below to learn more about the CU Denver School of Public Affairs​.​​


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