MPA/MCJ Blended

Public Administration and Criminal Justice

36 months
1293 USD/credit 20688 USD/year
1293 USD/credit 20688 USD/year
542 USD/credit 8672 USD/year
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By completing both a generalist MPA and a specialist MCJ in the Public Administration and Criminal Justice program from University of Colorado Denver, you will be equipped with skills applicable to public service settings in administration and policy analysis, as well as deep knowledge of work that pertains to criminal justice settings.


The dual degree program in Public Administration and Criminal Justice from University of Colorado Denver requires 48 credit hours of graduate coursework. A maximum of 6 transfer credit hours may be applied to the degree requirements. 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.

Required courses

Students must complete the 6 required MPA courses below, for a total of 18 credit hours. All course descriptions can be found in the Graduate Academic Catalog.

Elective courses

The remaining credits can be fulfilled by taking a combination of elective Public Administration and Criminal Justice courses. The elective courses must be approved by the program directors. All course descriptions can be found in the Graduate Academic Catalog.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Organizational Management and Behavior
  • Economics and Public Finance
  • Public Budgeting and Finance
  • The Policy Process and Democracy
  • Criminal Justice Systems, Policies and Practice
  • Criminological Theory

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


48 SCH



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

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  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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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.)
  • 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

    20688 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1293 USD per credit during 36 months.
  • National

    20688 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1293 USD per credit during 36 months.
  • In-State

    8672 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 542 USD per credit during 36 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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