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Graduate Certificates & Concentrations


SPA Conce​ntration Areas 

Both t​he Master of Public Administration and Master of Criminal Justice programs offer students the opportunity to select a concentration area within the degree.​ Approximately one-half of our graduate students select and complete a specific concentration, while the remaining students will choose electives from a variety of concentration areas to best meet their professional goals.

Concentrations include:

Four courses (12 credits) are usually required to complete a concentration and concentration courses are used to satisfy the electives requirement of the SPA master’s degree. Students may select a concentration area on their CU Denver graduate application or may select a concentration after enrolling in courses at SPA. 

​SPA Graduate Certificates

SPA offers a variety of graduate certificates to help individuals advance their career. Any individual who has completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university is eligible to enroll in a SPA graduate certificate program.

Graduate certificates include:

SPA graduate certificates follow the curriculum of our concentration areas or, for those seeking a Certified Public Manager designation, the requirements for the CPM program.

Requirements & Application:

  • Graduate certificates on the Denver campus require four courses (12 credit hours). 
  • To apply, fill out the CU Denver non-degree application and submit it with an application fee ($50) and a an official copy of your undergraduate transcript. Approved electronic transcript vendors include Parchment, Docufide and Clearinghouse. Please use the​ email address. If your institution does not send electronic transcripts, please use the following mailing address:
​Attn: SPA Graduate Admissions
University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs
Campus Box 142
P.O. Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217

Certified Public Man​ager Program

SPA also offers a national certification program for public managers that consists of 12 modules conducted via weekend seminars or through an online format. 

Visit the Colorado Certified Public Manager Program page for more information on the certificate program. | 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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