The UCCS School of Public Affairs is flexible in its delivery of courses, offering both online and on campus courses each semester. The Master of Public Administration, Master of Criminal Justice, Dual Masters of Public Administration and Criminal Justice, and all graduate certificates are available online.
For the Master of Public Administration (MPA), the School of Public Affairs plans to offer all core classes every fall and every spring semester. Half of the core classes are offered online and the other half of the core classes are offered on campus. Each semester the delivery (on campus or online) is alternated. Those core courses offered on campus one semester are offered online the following (excluding summer) and vice versa. Students are expected to complete PAD 5001 within their first two semesters of enrollment. For the Master of Criminal Justice (MCJ), the School of Public Affairs plans to offer either on campus or online core courses.
Elective courses for both the MPA and MCJ may be offered online or on campus. Some students find matching a core course with an elective course works well. The School of Public Affairs does not recommend completing all core courses before enrolling in electives. If there is an elective that you find interesting or is particularly relevant to your degree plan, you should enroll in that elective that semester as specific elective courses are not always offered on a regular repeating schedule.
Please note: Students are expected to complete all core courses prior to registering for the capstone seminar or master's thesis. In no case can any student enroll for thesis hours or the capstone seminar prior to completing PAD 5003 Research and Analytic Methods/CJ 5003 Research Methods.
Military Students and VA Benefits
Military-connected students using VA Education Benefits: please note the very important clarification of Public Law 116-128 below as you register for Spring 2021, Summer 2021, and Fall 2021.
- Through December 21, 2021, courses that would normally be offered on campus but have been converted to an online modality due to COVID-19 will be considered in-residence (Remote Synchronous, Remote Asynchronous, Hybrid, HyFlex, and In Person).
- Courses that would be normally offered online regardless of COVID-19 are not considered in-residence (Online or OL section identifier).
Please contact Veteran and Military Affairs with any questions about your benefits.
BACJ Course Highlights
Remote Synchronous - Virtual Meetings Wednesdays from 1:40pm to 4:20pm
Lab Fridays from 10:50am to 12:05pm
Instructor: Dr. Gia Barboza
Serves as an introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics and computer analysis of criminology and criminal justice data. Includes basic procedures of hypothesis testing, correlation and regression analysis, and the analysis of continuous and binary dependent variables. Emphasis is placed on the examination of research problems and issues in the field of criminology and criminal justice
Online - Course is conducted online at no scheduled meeting time
Instructor: Stephen Recca
Students will analyze the policies and practices of emergency management, with an additional focus on homeland security, including the formal and informal relationships between first responder agencies – such as police, fire, emergency services, and public health officials – and the manner in which local entities interact with state and federal agencies and the private sector. Topics may include historical evolution of these agencies; the emergency management cycle, interagency relationships, current and future challenges in the fields; services and operations, and all-hazard planning. The course will use case studies, as well as current events, to develop an understanding of the application of emergency management and homeland security.
MCJ Course Highlights
Remote Asynchronous - Course is conducted online at no scheduled time (asynchronous).
Instructor: Dr. Jonathan Caudill
Provides an overview of the theory and application of criminal law in the context of social control. The course reviews various theoretical perspectives on law and society, focusing on the relationship between law and the structure and function of other social institutions. The course also examines aspects of the criminal law in action, assessing how legal definitions and sanctions are differentially interpreted and applied. The Spring 2021 semester will explore formal social control by focusing on The United States’ Alcohol Prohibition and the use of State Mental Health Hospitals.
Online - Course is conducted online at no scheduled time (asynchronous).
Instructor: Dr. Gia Barboza
The course will draw on criminological, social and behavioral science, and public health theories and methods to examine prevention and intervention development, evaluation paradigms, and methods of process and outcome evaluations. Drawing on major theories and research pertinent to crime and violence, including characteristics of violence and relevant risk factors, reporting and treatment protocols, and current/potential intervention efforts and prevention initiatives, emphasis is on interdisciplinary contributions to violence prevention and control. Students will be exposed to randomized designs, such as community trials, and evaluation of non-randomized interventions, such as policies and legislation. Special attention is given to the implications of process evaluation in modifying criminal justice policy-making and decision-making.
MPA Course Highlights
HyFlex - Class meetings on Wednesdays from 7:30pm - 10:05pm. Students choose to attend 100% in person or 100% virtually at the specified meeting time, or a combination of the two.
Instructor: Dr. Kee Warner
The blurring of the three economic sectors, government, business and nonprofits, continues to increase as more partnerships are developed across sectors. Focuses on collaboration and partnerships involving public, nonprofit and for-profit organizations. Students are expected to gain an understanding of the issues and policies associated with the bidding, contracting, program delivery and reporting processes when nonprofit organizations are contracted to achieve public sector goals and/or private sector objectives.
Social Work Course Highlights
Hybrid - Class meets on campus on Mondays from 7:30pm-8:45pm. The remainder of the course meets online at no scheduled meeting time.
Instructor: Malikah Marrus
Provides an overview of the roles and responsibilities of social workers practicing within the child welfare system. Focuses on mastery of practice skills at a range of levels (e.g., individual, family, and environment) to develop culturally competent child welfare workers. Emphasis on the special challenges, needed skills, and different strategies and interventions in the provision of culturally responsive child welfare services.