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University of Colorado Denver

School of Public Affairs

About the CU Denver School of Public Affairs

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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 12th 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 12th among "Top 50 Best Value MPA Programs of 2016" by Value Colleges and 13th among "Most Innovative Public Service Schools” by Best Value Schools.​ Our online Master of Public Administration program was recently ranked 15th nationally by Top Management Degrees.

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


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