MA/MPA On Campus

Economics and Public Administration

University of Colorado Denver

24 months
1293 USD/credit 31032 USD/year
1293 USD/credit 31032 USD/year
388 USD/credit 9312 USD/year
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A "dual" degree means that students who complete the Economics and Public Administration program from University of Colorado Denver earn two master's degrees: MA in economics and MPA in public administration.


The fields of public administration and economics are inextricably linked through the Economics and Public Administration program from University of Colorado Denver. Economists provide much of the theory and analytic foundation that administrators use to evaluate and implement policy.

Given that the capital of the state of Colorado is in Denver, there is great need for administrators that fully understand methods of program evaluation and have the theoretical background needed to forecast how individuals and institutions will respond to new proposals. Similarly, good theory and practice must take into account how the proposals will be implemented and results interpreted. Both administrators and economists need to be engaged in constructive dialog for either to be fully effective.

Application requirements

Students interested in completing the dual degree in economics and public administration must apply separately to each program, meet the admission requirements of each program, and be accepted by each program. If one program accepts a student for the dual degree but the other program does not, then the student may not graduate under the dual degree program. 

Students may apply to both programs at the same time or apply to the economics program first, and then to the public administration program after their first semester, or vice versa. Both programs must be completed in the same semester to take advantage of the dual degree program. Further information about this program can be obtained from either the Department of Economics or the School of Public Affairs.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Microeconomic Theory
  • Macroeconomic Theory
  • Mathematical Economics
  • Econometrics
  • Organizational Management and Behavior
  • Research and Analytic Methods

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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Public Administration: Fall

  • Domestic: August 1
  • International: May 15
  • Domestic: December 1
  • International: October 15
  • Domestic: May 1
  • International: March 15


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Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. (Applicants with a minimum GPA of 3.0 will be considered.)
  • One set of official transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendations
  • A chronological resume
  • 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
  • Meet all general requirements of the Graduate School (including a 2.50 undergraduate grade-point average).
  • Submit three letters of recommendation.
  • Submit official transcripts from all colleges attended.
  • Have completed 15 credit hours of undergraduate economics including intermediate microeconomic theory and intermediate macroeconomic theory.
  • Have completed courses in calculus and statistics.
  • Submit GRE scores.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    31032 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1293 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    31032 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1293 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • In-State

    9312 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 388 USD per credit during 24 months.

Public Administration: 

National/International: $1,293/credit

Local: $542/credit

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.


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