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University of Colorado Denver

School of Public Affairs

Degree Seeking Students


For Undergraduate Admissions

Go to the UCD Downtown Campus Admissions for more information on how to apply. Entering freshmen, current UCD students and transfer students are eligible for admission to the BACJ program. All students must meet the admission requirements. Questions? Contact Laura Valcore.

For Graduate Admissions

Online Application

Declaration of Program Form​

Degree Seeking Students should send all application materials, including: the application fee of $50.00 ($60.00 for Colorado Springs applicants and $75.00 for International applicants), University of Colorado Application Parts I and II, letters of recommendation, resume, transcripts and test scores directly to:

University of Colorado Denver
School of Public Affairs
Campus Box 142
PO Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364

Two sets of official transcripts must be sent directly to the School of Public Affairs from all colleges and universities attended. (Transcripts issued to prospective students themselves cannot be accepted unless they are in an official and sealed envelope.)

Likewise, exam scores must be forwarded directly to SPA. MPA & MCJ applicants are required to take the Aptitude Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or an equivalent such as the GMAT or the LSAT within the last five years. (Note: MPA and MCJ applicants are eligible to waive the GRE if 1) The applicant has a 3.0 or higher undergraduate GPA and 10 or more years of professional experience post bachelor's degree 2) the applicant has earned a graduate degree from another accredited university or college.)

All applicants to the Ph.D. program are required to submit GRE scores and submit all of the credentials mentioned above. Additionally, they must submit a 500-1000 word statement of educational and career goals.

Applicants who have not taken any of these examinations are advised to make arrangements to do so.

Applicants taking an examination should specify a graduate major at the University of Colorado in public administration (Graduate School Department Code Number 4801 for Item 11 on the Application Form; Institution Code for Denver is R4875, for Colorado Springs it is R4874) or criminal justice (Graduate School Department Code Number 2202 for Item 11 on the Application Form; Institution Code R4875).

For questions on the MPA, MCJ or PhD in Public Affairs please contact Brendan Hardy at 303-315-2227.  For questions about the BACJ, please contact Nora Scanlon​ at 303-315-0021. | 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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