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University of Colorado Denver

School of Public Affairs

Non-Degree Seeking Students


Interested in starting classes right away?

Missed the application deadline?

Looking to complete a graduate certificate rather than a degree?

If so, you may register for a course(s) as a non-degree seeking student. It is fast, easy and a great way to get started on the path to advance your career!

  • Deadline:  Students may apply for non-degree status until the first day of classes for the semester or until classes are filled.  See the academic calendar for semester start dates.
    Please submit:
  • Non-degree Application
  • A $50.00 non-refundable application fee is required.  Non- degree status students pay graduate tuition rates.
  • One copy of your undergraduate transcript.  Please send these documents to Attention: Dawn Savage (if your last name begins with A – L) or Antoinette Sandoval (if you last name begins with M – Z).

Please send all materials to: School of Public Affairs, Campus Box 142, PO Box 173364  Denver, CO  80217.

Please note:  Non-degree students are not eligible for Financial Aid, most scholarships, or tuition assistance.

Up to 9 credit hours taken under non-degree status may be applied toward the Master of Public Administration (MPA) or the Master of Criminal Justice (MCJ). It is important that non-degree students move forward in a timely manner to complete their applications for admission as degree students.

Preferred deadlines for degree-seeking status within our Master's level programs are:

  • March 15th for Fall & Summer semesters
  • October 15th for Spring semester

It is necessary to avoid exceeding the 9-hour limit for credit as a non-degree student.

Careful selection of courses can speed your progress toward a graduate degree. Degree students are assigned advisors when they are admitted to the program. Non-degree students may contact the SPA at 303-315-2228 for advising.

Students who complete a certificate and later enter the MPA or MCJ program may count all credits toward the respective degree.

Questions about Course Selection? | 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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