How do I know who my advisor is?
To find out who your advisors is, look at your admittance letter, or contact the student coordinators' offices at 303-315-2228.
What if I only want to take a couple of classes?
You may apply as a non-degree seeking student. A $25.00
non-refundable application fee is required. Students in a non-degree
status who have a previous degree pay graduate tuition rates. No
additional credentials are required. Non-degree students are not
eligible for Financial Aid, SPA scholarships, or tuition assistance.
You may take up to nine credit hours under the non-degree status, and
these courses 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 seeking students. Non-degree status
allows admission to our courses while awaiting entrance examination
scores, official transcripts, and letters of recommendation. Good
planning to complete the application for graduate admission by the
deadlines for each semester is necessary to avoid exceeding the hour
limit for credit as a non-degree student. The non degree application is available here.
Can I get a certificate without getting a degree?
Yes, you must fill out a non-degree application: a certificate is 15
hours of coursework. Currently we offer graduate certificates in each
of our concentrations - Nonprofit Management, Domestic Violence,
Environmental Policy, Management & Law, Local Government, Emergency
Management & Homeland Security, Public Management, and Homeland
Security & Defense.
Can I take a semester off?
Yes, you can take a semester off. Please keep in mind that students
who miss 3 consecutive semesters (including summers) must apply for
re-admission which includes a $50.00 readmission fee.
How do I register for classes?
You can register for classes at www.courses.cudenver.edu.
Where can I find a schedule of courses?
You can register for classes at www.cudenver.edu: click on the SMART
button, then log onto the schedule of courses and schedule planner.
What is the difference between the MPA, the MPA-Executive Option, and the MPA-Accelerated Option?
The MPA program allows the students to pursue a broad-based course of
study in public affairs, management, administration and policy, or
select a concentration in nonprofit organizations, local government,
domestic violence, or environmental management, and homeland security.
Students can choose to complete the MPA degree either on campus or
The Executive option within the M.P.A. is an intensive program for
senior-level managers of federal, state, and local public agencies and
nonprofit organizations, offered in partnership with the federal Office
of Personnel Management. The coursework is customized to meet individual
students' needs and career objectives, and the format of the classes
also is unique and accommodates busy schedules. Students may take
courses online, traditional evening courses, or in weekend format. The
classes offered by OPM are held in week-long intensives sessions.
The Accelerated option of the M.P.A. program is a fast-paced
full-time program. All of the classes meet on the Auraria Campus in
downtown Denver. The program is a cohort program in which students
proceed through the program in tandem: This enables students to earn a
nationally accredited 36-hour M.P.A. in less than a year, and there is a
set tuition price of $18,500 for the entire program regardless of
in-state or out-of-state status.
Where can I find the course descriptions?
You can find the course descriptions at http://www.ucdenver.edu:
click on the Academic link, and then click on the current student link,
and then select Courses. We also have descriptions of courses under the
Academics section of this website.
How do I find my classroom?
You can find the campus map for the Downtown Campus at http://www.ahec.edu/:
click on campus map, under the Auraria Higher Education Link, located
in the left-hand side of the home page.
How do I get my email address?
To activate your official email account, visit https://web.ucdenver.edu/prfw On
this page, select "Student" under DDC in the Accounts Eligibility
table. Click on the link under Account Activation and follow the
instructions. You will need your Student ID and PIN to activate your
account. If you need assistance with managing your email account, call
the IT Services Help Desk at 303-315-HELP (4357), or visit the ITS website.