MPA/CJ On Campus Online Blended

Public Administration and Criminal Justice

42 months
15464 USD/year
15464 USD/year
7748 USD/year
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The School of Public Affairs offers a unique opportunity for a dual degree in Public Administration and Criminal Justice at University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS). The fields of public administration and criminal justice are closely connected. 


This dual degree in Public Administration and Criminal Justice from University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) provides an opportunity for students to complete both programs simultaneously in 54 credit hours, instead of 72 credit hours which would be required if completing each degree separately.

Dual degree students will complete the core courses in each program, a capstone or thesis in either discipline, and will have flexibility in choosing electives from both programs. Graduates will be equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to work in a number of public service or criminal justice settings.

General Requirements

To earn a dual MPA/MCJ degree, a student must:

  • Complete a minimum of 54 credit hours of graduate coursework with a total grade-point average of B (3.0) or better, including:
    • A minimum of 9 core hours in criminal justice
    • 15 core hours in public administration
    • 3 hours of research methods
    • Culminating experience of either 3 hours of capstone or 6 hours of thesis
    • Students choose at least 6 credit hours of criminal justice electives
    • The remaining hours are chosen from either CJ or PAD electives
  • Complete three semester hours of internship (if required)
  • Receive a grade of B- (2.7) or better in all courses, including the final capstone or thesis course(s).

Programme Structure

Courses include:

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

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 42 months

Start dates & application deadlines


TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT


72 SCH


On Campus, Blended, Online

Academic requirements

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

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Online Graduate School Application
  • Official transcripts
  • Bachelor's degree from accredited university
  • Two professional/academic recommendations
  • Statement of goals
  • Resume
  • Application fee

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15464 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7732 USD per semester during 42 months.
  • National

    15464 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7732 USD per semester during 42 months.
  • In-State

    7748 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3874 USD per semester during 42 months.

Living costs for Colorado Springs

950 - 1350 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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