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.
Fall 2021 Course Highlights
Bachelor of Criminal Justice
8/23/2021 - 12/18/2021
In Person (Mondays 10:50am-1:30pm)
For all those who have ever wanted to shout out, “Objection, hearsay!” and for all those who wonder what hearsay is in the first place, please check out our new Contemporary Trial Advocacy course! You don’t need any prior experience to participate.
This is not your typical law class! There are a few lectures on rules of evidence and similar matters, but mostly, this class is all about drafting and delivering opening statements, direct exams, cross exams, and closing statements. We’ll have brainstorm sessions, lots of classroom exercises, dry runs, scrimmages—and yes, some official tournaments, too! You’ll play the role of attorney or witness (or both), and you’ll get to apply all your hard work in a variety of ways.
You instructor will be Mr. Dan Olson, and your coaches will be Mr. Olson and Ms. Sheilagh McAteer, attorneys will lots of courtroom experience that they’ll share with you over the semester. Contact Mr. Olson with any questions about this course.
8/23/2021 - 12/18/2021
In Person (Tuesdays 7:30pm-10:05pm)
About the Instructor:
Mr. Whittington is a Commander in the Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD). In his 30+ year career with CSPD, Commander Whittington has worked in a wide range of law enforcement areas, including: patrol; economic and sex crimes and fugitive investigations; internal affairs; and emergency management.
About the Course:
CJ 4043 presents an overview of the role that police play in American society today. Attention is on the origin of policing, the nature of police organizations and police work, patterns of relations between the police and the public, discretion, and the police role in a socio-legal context. Prer., Sophomore standing.
8/23/2021 - 12/18/2021
In Person (Thursdays 7:30pm-10:05pm)
About the Instructor:
Mrs. Griffin has worked as a criminal justice researcher in corrections for the past 6 years. This experience led to various research endeavors including understanding needs of aging offenders, residential treatment programs for mentally ill offenders, state and private prison comparisons, predictors of homelessness, alcohol and drug investigations, etc.
About the Course:
This course explores the relationship between mental health and criminal behavior. Focuses on the nature and prevalence of mental disorders among criminal populations, the correlates of violence and mental disorders, and institutional and community-based treatment of mentally ill offenders. Prer., Sophomore standing.
Master of Criminal Justice
In Person (Wednesdays 4:45pm-7:20pm)
Focuses on the challenges practitioners face in the programs and partnerships that can effectively assess, inform, manage, and treat sex offenders through all phases of the system and reduce recidivism.
Janet Van Kampen
Designed for grant management for public and nonprofit agencies. Provides students with knowledge regarding the procedures required for proposal processing within organizations and the processes and policies entailed in managing grant awards. Addresses programmatic and financial aspects from project development including proposal and budget development, partnership/relationship building, implementation, accepting and managing grant and contract awards, grants-management system(s), reporting, record keeping, and accountability, audit requirements, ethics in the grants environment, audits and monitoring, through closeout procedures, and program evaluation. Course content also includes federal OMB circulars, basic human resource issues, project management strategies, and reporting obligations.
Master of Public Administration
In Person (Wednesdays 7:30pm-10:05pm)
This course provides students with an overview of the principles and concepts that are unique to nonprofit management. Topics include funding diversity, human resource management, program planning and evaluation, marketing, volunteer management, and ethics. Students are also given an introduction to the history and the importance of the nonprofit sector.
In Person (Thursdays 4:45pm-7:20pm)
This course will survey the roles and functions of intelligence agencies in support of American policymakers and operations, including an introduction to the “intelligence cycle.” The course begins with a review of national-level intelligence entities, their evolution since 9/11, and the policymakers and departments they serve, before moving to intelligence, policymakers and executive agencies at the state and local levels. Intelligence support functions across a range of policy sectors will be examined, from tactical to strategic levels and current intelligence to long-term needs. Navigating the relationships and distance between intelligence agencies and policymakers to optimize the efficacy and integrity of intelligence support is a central topic, including oversight of intelligence. The course will also look at intelligence liaison and comparative intelligence systems.
Bachelor of Social Work
001 (Annelisa Moore) Meets in-person on Mondays, 10:50am – 1:30pm
OL1 (Andrew Phelps) Meets online at no specified time (asynchronous)
This course is designed to help students assess student's suitability for careers in social work. Content focuses on the emergence of the social work profession including the professional mission, knowledge, skills, and values. Practice settings, client groups, helping services, career patterns, and practice methods are also explored. Approved for Compass Curriculum requirement: Explore-Society, Health, and Behavior.
Meets online at no specified time (asynchronous)
This course addresses the needs of active duty, retired, and deployed service members and veterans at different developmental phases of the military life course, both holistically and within the context of their families and communities. Prer., Sophomore standing. Meets with SWRK 6056.