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.
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