30 months
631 USD/credit 9086 USD/year
631 USD/credit 9086 USD/year
526 USD/credit 7574 USD/year
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Whether you’re interested in a career in government or nonprofits, the MPA Public Administration (online) degree from University of Colorado Denver will help you learn how to effectively lead and manage in public governance, participate in the public policy process and articulate and apply a public service perspective to the management of your organization.


The Public Administration (online) degree from University of Colorado Denver is grounded in quality education, collaborative research and strong relationships with the community. The program itself is made up of a combination of public administration and public policy courses. In the public administration portion of the program, you will study topics including budgeting, organizational management, leadership and human resources, among others.


You will also have the opportunity to pursue the standard MPA degree or choose an area of concentration. You can choose between

Disasters, Hazards and Emergency Management (DHEM)

The Disasters, Hazards and Emergency Management concentration provides a solid all-hazards knowledge base for students interested in natural hazards, disasters, and resilience. The concentration will not ignore security aspects, but security-related topics will be just one among many topics to include natural hazards, disasters, accidents, etc.

Education Policy

The concentration in Education Policy provides students with an understanding of how K-12 education is governed, financed and regulated in the United States. Students will become familiar with the interaction between federal, state and local policies and with the context in which education policy is formulated and implemented.

Emergency Management and Homeland Security (EMHS)

The MPA graduate concentration in EMHS provides advanced education in the management of emergencies, hazards, disasters and homeland security. Upon completion of the program, you will have the knowledge and skills necessary to assess and manage a broad range of hazards and disasters, and to understand the policy environment in which emergency management occurs.

Environmental Policy and Management

The Environmental Policy and Management concentration provides an understanding of how our natural environment is governed and affected by relationships between various entities, including: legislatures; administrative agencies; courts; federal, state, and local governments; government and the nonprofit and private sectors; and government and the public it has been established to serve.

Nonprofit Management

The concentration in Nonprofit Management prepares students to become innovative and critical thinkers in the areas of nonprofit organizational management and public policy, with a unique approach that bridges theoretical knowledge with real-world experience. 

Public Policy Analysis

The concentration in Public Policy Analysis provides training in the tools and skills needed to assess the impact of public policies and programs, including policy analysis, cost-benefit analysis, program evaluation, multivariate regression and other analytical techniques.

Local Government

The Local Government Concentration allows Master of Public Administration students to develop knowledge and skills for working in local government. Students graduating with a concentration in local government will: develop an understanding of the political traditions and institutional structuring of local governments; understand how local governments function within the intergovernmental system, as well as through partnerships with the private and nonprofit sectors; and acquire the skills necessary to be an effective manager in the local government context.

Career Outlook

Our association with NASPAA provides us with a national network of professionals across the country and allows us to take advantage of their services including in the career services area. Not only are we able to connect you with public administration professionals in our circle, we’re also able to take advantage of connections with other schools accredited with NASPAA. For example, if you’re located in Seattle, we can help you get in touch with another NASPAA accredited school in Seattle who can, in turn, put you in touch with their network of local professionals.

Whether you’re interested in working for a nonprofit, taking a role in local government or even supporting an organization in the private sector, the outlook for public administration professionals is strong. Depending on your focus and career, the Bureau of Labor and Statistics projects that the job outlook for public administration careers could anticipate as high as a 17% anticipated growth from 2014-2024.

Here are some examples of the career opportunities you will be prepared for after graduation and their average median salary:

  • Budget Analyst: $58,516
  • Management Analyst: $64,463
  • Urban Planner: $54,666

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Evidence-Based Decision Making
  • Capstone Seminar 

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 30 months

Start dates & application deadlines


36 SCH



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Admission requirements and deadlines vary based on the program. In addition, you will have different requirements depending on if you are a first-time student, a transfer student, or an international student. For this program, applications are accepted on a rolling basis for admission. The preferred deadline for MPA students is in place for scholarship and funding opportunities.
  • Learn more about the admissions process by filling out the form above or contacting an Enrollment Navigator today.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    9086 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 631 USD per credit during 30 months.
  • National

    9086 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 631 USD per credit during 30 months.
  • In-State

    7574 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 526 USD per credit during 30 months.


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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