Course Schedules


Course Schedules


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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.

    Course Highlights

    Summer 2021 Course Highlights


    Bachelor of Criminal Justice

    CJ 4043: Law Enforcement


    Dr. Matt Lunn

    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.

    CJ 4450: Child Abuse & Neglect

    Session B (July 12 - August 6) Hybrid In-seat meetings on Wednesdays from 10:50am-1:30pm. Remainder of the course is conducted online.

    Dr. Henriikka Weir

    This advanced seminar course addresses the often difficult but critical investigations into child abuse, child neglect, and child/infant homicides. Students will discuss the history of these investigations as well as emerging developments in the field of criminal justice, and through a multi-disciplinary approach will have the opportunity to explore significant themes, issues, and problems from a broad perspective. Prer., Sophomore standing.


    Master of Criminal Justice

    CJ 5510-001 Contemporary Issues in Policing


    YongJei Lee

    Remote Synchronous

    Virtual meetings on Mondays from 4:45pm-7:20pm. Remainder of course is conducted online at no scheduled meeting time.

    Examines current thinking and experience with respect to changing and reforming police programs and practices. The course focuses primarily on the American police experience, reviewing major innovations, exploring their rationale, and examining organizational impediments to their implementation.

    CJ/PAD 6125-001 Grant Management


    Janet Van Kampen

    Remote Asynchronous

    Course is conducted online at no scheduled meeting time.

    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

    PAD 5150-OL1 Understanding and Achieving Funding Diversity


    Brinah Vincent


    This class is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of the range of funding sources available to nonprofit organizations (e.g. foundation and governmental grants, individual and corporate donations, entrepreneurial sources of revenue, events, etc.), as well as detailed information on how to secure support of the various sources presented. Additionally, students are expected to gain both theoretical and practical knowledge relevant to fundraising and why it is important to diversify an organization’s revenue streams.

    PAD/CJ 5970-OL1 Intelligence and Security Policymaking


    Steve Recca


    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.