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University of Colorado Denver

School of Public Affairs

Master of Public Administration


Our Mission:  The Master of Public Administration Program at the School of Public Affairs advances public service in Colorado and beyond through quality education, collaborative research, and strong relationships with the professional community. To advance our ‘Lead, Solve, Change’ philosophy, we: 

  •  Provide students with knowledge, skills, experiences, and ethical standards to be innovative leaders in public and nonprofit organizations;
  •  Support faculty and students in conducting rigorous empirical research and disseminating findings to advance the study and practice of public and nonprofit management and policy; and
  • Work with practitioners to enhance the public sector’s ability to make evidence-based management decisions and policy improvements.


Competencies: MPA graduates will be able to:

  • Lead and manage in public governance;
  • Participate in the policy process;
  • Analyze, synthesize, think critically, and make decisions;
  • Articulate and apply a public service perspective; and
  • Communicate and interact productively with a diverse and changing workforce and citizenry.

About the MPA: The MPA is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration. The School of Public Affairs offers a MPA degree program to suit your life and learning style, from traditional classroom study to online courses. In all of our MPA options, you will find classes that link academic theory and hands-on experience. Please view the links below for more information about what program might be right for you. Feel free to contact us at any time.

MPA Options (see comparison grid​​)

MPA Concentrations


Dual Degree Programs


MPA Graduate Certificates


Leadership Programs


MPA Forms


MPA Policies

SPA Resources

MPA Course Information

MPA Assessment | 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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