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.
- BACJ Course Schedule - Summer 2021
- BSW Course Schedule - Summer 2021
- MCJ Course Schedule - Summer 2021
- MPA Course Schedule - Summer 2021
- MSW Course Schedule - Summer 2021
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.
Summer 2021 Course Highlights
Bachelor of Criminal Justice
Session A (June 14 - July 11) Remote Synchronous Virtual meetings Monday-Thursday from 1:40pm-4:20pm
Course Description: Examines the basic functions, structure, and organization of the federal and state court systems, with special attention on the criminal court system. Also focuses on the influence of judicial behavior on the court process by examining judges’ policy preferences, legal considerations, group processes within courts, and courts’ political and social environments. Prer., Sophomore standing.
Pre-Term (May 24 - June 4) Blended In-seat meetings Monday-Friday from 8:00am-12:05pm. No class on Memorial Day
Instructed by Mr. Dan Olson
Course Description: This course is designed to begin preparing students in identifying and critically examining ethical issues in the criminal justice system by applying ethical decision models. This course also provides students with the unique opportunity to analyze how they would resolve these issues according to their own values and beliefs while staying within the boundaries of the law and professional codes of ethics. Approved for Compass Curriculum requirement: Summit. Prer., Senior standing, CJ majors only; CJ minors with permission of BACJ director.
Session B (July 12 - August 6) Hybrid In-seat meetings on Wednesdays from 10:50am-1:30pm. Remainder of the course is conducted online.
Instructed by Dr. Weir.
Course Description: 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
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.
Janet Van Kampen
In-seat meetings on the following Tuesdays from 4:45pm-7:20pm: 6/22, 7/6, and 7/27. Remainder of 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
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.
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.