24 months
1293 USD/credit 23274 USD/year
1293 USD/credit 23274 USD/year
542 USD/credit 9756 USD/year
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The Master of Public Administration degree (MPA) from University of Colorado Denver is for students interested in public service leadership positions and careers with public and nonprofit agencies and organizations.


The Master of Public Administration degree (MPA) from University of Colorado Denver serves students new to public service, as well as those already in the field who are interested in furthering their careers.

Program requirements

  • The Master of Public Administration degree requires 36 credit hours of coursework. Students who have not had at least one year of professional work experience in the public or nonprofit sectors must also complete an internship through an additional 3-credit-hour course, bringing their total credit-hour requirement to 39. Students choosing a 6-credit thesis option will be required to complete 39 to 42 credits, depending on whether they are required to complete the 3-credit internship.
  • A maximum of 9 transfer credit hours may be applied to the degree requirements.
  • No more than 6 credit hours of independent study can be applied toward the degree.
  • Students at the University are expected to maintain progress in their degree program, as defined by being in "good academic standing." Good academic standing requires minimally a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on all University of Colorado course work.


CU Denver School of Public Affairs' Master of Public Administration program is accredited by NASPAA, the global standard in public service education.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Organizational Management and Behaviour 
  • Research and Analytic Methods
  • Economics and Public Finance
  • Public Budgeting and Finance
  • The Policy Process and Democracy
  • Public Service Leadership and Ethics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


36 SCH



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®
GMAT admission requirements GMAT

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. (Applicants with a minimum GPA of 3.0 will be considered.)
  • Standardized test scores (i.e., GRE, GMAT, LSAT) are no longer required for admission to the program;
  • One set of official transcripts is required from all higher education institutions attended.
  • Three letters of recommendations from qualified references (i.e., professors, employers and/or others acquainted with your professional and/or academic work).
  • A chronological resume that includes all relevant positions held during and since your undergraduate degree
  • A two- to four-page, double-spaced personal statement
  • Evidence of analytic writing competency.  If you have already earned a graduate degree you have met the analytic writing competency
  • Evidence of quantitative competency. If you have already earned a graduate degree, you are likely to have met the quantitative competency
  • Application fee of $50

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    23274 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1293 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    23274 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1293 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • In-State

    9756 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 542 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Denver

1310 - 2220 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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