SPA Concentration Areas
Both the 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.
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:
Attn: SPA Graduate Admissions
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org email address. If your institution does not send electronic transcripts, please use the following mailing address:
University of Colorado Denver School of Public AffairsCampus Box 142P.O. Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217
Certified Public Manager 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.