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Career Services

The School of Public Affairs offers degrees that help new and seasoned professionals obtain the skills needed to lead the field in the 21st century. Our criminal justice graduates prepare for careers in probation, research, law enforcement, victim services, corrections and forensics with city and state law enforcement agencies, the court system, the FBI and social service agencies.

Public affairs and administration graduates go on to a wide variety of careers. In general, approximately 60% of our graduates work in the public sector (federal, state and local), 30% are employed in the nonprofit sector, and 10% are private sector professionals. Careers range from policy analyst, program auditor, program officer and executive director to Presidential Management Fellow, manager or director at a state or federal agency and consultant. You can learn more by reading the results from our most recent alumni survey.  

Career Resources

 For Employers

  • Students may pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, Master of Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Arts in Public Service, Master of Public Administration, or Ph.D. in Public Affairs at SPA. Our students range from pre-service students pursuing the bachelor's degree to experienced managers pursuing our graduate degrees while continuing to work full-time.
  • The School of Public Affairs invites employers to post internships, capstone projects and jobs directly to Handshake, our job and professional experi​ence portal​
  • SPA staff can assist employers with job posting, facilitation of the hiring process, campus employer info sessions and connections with faculty. Email us with all of your career service questions.
  • Employers interested in learning about the qualifications of our doctoral students can email Dr. Chris Weible​Ph.D. program director, for more information

Professional Development and Networking

SPA holds approximately 20 professional development events each semester. Many are career panels, while others feature guest lecturers  or national speakers. Check the events calendar​ frequently for the latest updates.

Students and alumni are encouraged to become involved with one or more of the many professional associations in the field of public affairs in order to increase their network and develop practical skills.​ | 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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