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MPA Online Option

MPA online option

Are you interested in furthering your career in government or nonprofit service? Need a streamlined program that fits into your work and family schedule? The Master of Public Administration - Online Option has just what you're looking for!

There are two categories of students who may wish to enroll in online courses: those who reside in the state of Colorado (and who thus are eligible for in-state tuition) and those who don't (and would, if resident at CU Denver, have to pay out-of-state tuition). 

In-State Stud​​ents

In-state students include those who normally attend courses on the CU Denver campus and also those who live in Colorado but at a considerable distance from the Auraria location. If you are in either of these groups, you should simply register for your courses, following the instructions at the beginning of the course schedule.

You should be aware that there is a special Online Course Fee of $100 for EACH course you take, and Online Courses are treated separately from regular courses. If you take more than three face-to-face courses, additional courses are at reduced or no fee -- but online courses do not count in this calculation.

(As you probably know, you need to be admitted to one of the SPA graduate programs -- or registered as a nondegree student -- in order to be given a PIN number, which is used in the registration process.)

Click here to watch the SPA Online Registration Video

Out-of-State Students

Non-resident CU Denver students without a Colorado mailing address are eligible for a 120% of the resident tuition rate when taking online classes. This amount is higher than the standard in-state tuition, but significantly lower than the non-resident tuition amount.  See tuition rate for out of state students here.

In previous semesters, out-of-state students eligible for tuition discounts were given a scholarship. Now when you enroll in an online course, you will need to sign an application indicating you are eligible and want the “special rate.” The applications will be managed by the Registrar’s Office to ensure students qualify, and monitor status to ensure continued eligibility. Students only need to fill out the application once, as long as they maintain their eligibility.

To apply for the out-of-state tuition discount please fill out the application and affidavit and return the form to the office of the Registrar. 


Who is eligible?
You are eligible if you meet the following criteria:

  • Non-resident status
  • No Colorado mailing address
  • Enrolled in a graduate-level online class

Do I have to do anything to apply or ensure my eligibility?

Yes, complete the Out-of-State, Online Classes Only Tuition Rate Application Affidavit.

Should I register early?
We encourage you to register as early as possible to ensure a space in the class.  Please contact your student advisor if you are unable to register in the course for any reason.  
Discounted tuition rates typically change annually (beginning with the fall semester) and are published here​.  

Where do I buy my books for online courses or obtain ISBN numbers?
Go to for textbook look up by course number and title. | 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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