Graduate Admissions

Master of Criminal Justice

MCJ Program Admissions
Resources and application process for the Master of Criminal Justice
  • MCJ COVID-19 RESPONSE
    Letter of recommendation flyer
    In response to COVID-19, the UCCS School of Public Affairs will be waiving letters of recommendation for new Master of Public Administration and Master of Criminal Justice applicants with an undergraduate GPA of 3.25 or higher. 

     

  • Prerequisites

    A bachelor's degree from a college or university of accredited standing, with grades sufficiently high to indicate ability to pursue graduate work. The applicant may have majored in any field for the undergraduate degree.

    Students should have a 3.00 (or better) undergraduate grade point average for admission into the MPA program.

  • Application Materials
    • Online Graduate School Application, which includes a written statement indicating educational and career goals
    • $60 non-refundable application fee
    • Official transcripts from all higher education institutions
    • Three recommendations by qualified references that establish the applicant's personal qualifications for graduate work. Recommendations may be from professors, employers, and/or others who are acquainted with the prospective student's professional and/or academic work.
    • Current resume
  • Deadlines

    The application deadline for UCCS School of Public Affairs' programs  is based on a rolling admissions policy: we accept applications up to the week prior to the start of each semester. We also conduct our reviews of applications on a continual basis. Students planning to apply for financial aid should contact the Financial Aid Office as soon as possible to determine if earlier deadlines are required.

    Students who have missed the deadline for the upcoming semester may register as unclassified students. Up to twelve credit hours of public administration or criminal justice course work taken as a UCCS unclassified student may be applied to the MPA or MCJ degree program.

  • Course Schedules

    Please be advised that courses are typically offered alternately online and on campus, not concurrently.  It is recommended that if you prefer either all online or all on campus courses,  you speak with the School of Public Affairs before applying.

Master of Public Administration

MPA Program Admissions
Resources and application process for the Master of Public Administration
  • MPA COVID-19 RESPONSE
    Letter of recommendation flyer
    In response to COVID-19, the UCCS School of Public Affairs will be waiving letters of recommendation for new Master of Public Administration and Master of Criminal Justice applicants with an undergraduate GPA of 3.25 or higher. 

     

  • Prerequisites

    Applicants should have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, with grades sufficiently high to indicate ability to pursue graduate work, typically a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or better. MPA applicants may have an undergraduate degree in any field.

  • Required Application Materials
    • Online Graduate School Application
    • Written statement that includes 500 word responses to the following three prompts:   
      • What are your career aspirations and how can your academic experience contribute to your career goals?
      • What is relevant in your professional or academic background that contributes to your anticipated success in your master’s experience?
      • Please provide an example of how your personal characteristics helped you overcome a specific challenge.
    • $60 non-refundable application fee
    • Official transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended
    • Current resume
    • Contact information for two qualified references that establish the applicant's qualifications for graduate work (professors, employers, and/or others acquainted with the prospective student's professional and/or academic work)

    NOTE: Current UCCS undergraduate students applying to the BA in Political Science to MPA Accelerated Master’s Program (AMP) or current UCCS graduate students in other certificate or degree programs may have different requirements.  Please contact SPA’s graduate student services specialist for information.

  • Deadlines

    Admission to the MPA program is made on a rolling basis, and applicants are notified as soon as an admission decision is made. Application deadlines are as follows:

    • Fall semester: August 1

    • Spring semester: December 1

    • Summer semester: May 1

    If you miss the deadline, please contact the SPA Office.

    Students who find they are not able to enroll during the semester for which they were accepted may defer enrollment for up to two semesters (including summer) by contacting SPA’s graduate student services specialist.

    Students planning to apply for financial aid should contact the Financial Aid Office as soon as possible to determine if earlier deadlines are required.

  • Finances

    The cost of degree program will vary based on several factors such as residency status, number of credit hours taken per semester, online course fees, etc. The total cost for the degree program for in-state students is approximately $21,300 and for out-of-state students is approximately $43,100. Your specific costs may be more accurately estimated using the Bursar Office’s Estimate Your Bill tool. 

    The MPA program qualifies as a Western Regional Graduate Program. Residents of Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming are eligible to pay in-state tuition for this program. The benefit is automatically applied to qualified students' tuition bill based on their legal residency.

    Financial assistance is available to support those students who would not be able to attend SPA without aid. The primary source of information about need-based student financial assistance as well as scholarships and other non-need-based aid is the UCCS Office of Financial Aid, Student Employment and Scholarships. Additional information on financial assistance programs may be obtained through the Graduate School.

    The School of Public Affairs offers scholarships and a limited number of graduate teaching or research assistantships to students

  • Course Schedules

    Please be advised that courses are typically offered alternately online and on campus, not concurrently.  It is recommended that if you prefer either all online or all on campus courses,  you speak with the School of Public Affairs before applying.

Master of Social Work

MSW Graduate Program Admissions
Resources and application process for the Master of Social Work
  • Prerequisites
    • A four-year undergraduate degree from an institution accredited by a recognized regional accrediting association (or equivalent if your degree was earned outside of the U.S.
    • Grades sufficiently high to indicate ability to pursue graduate work (typically a grade point average of 3.0 or better)
    • Sufficient undergraduate preparation and training for graduate study in social welfare (at least 18 social science credits in anthropology, economics, ethnic studies, geography, history, linguistics, political science, psychology, sociology, etc or any combination)

    The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is not required for admission to the MSW program.

  • Application Materials
    • Online Graduate School Application 
    • $60 non-refundable application fee 
    • Official transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended 
    • Professional statements for 3 writing prompts (500 to 1,000 words for each question) 
    • Current resume 
    • Contact information for 2 professional references (It is recommended that applicants select a cross-section of references, including employers, faculty or other individuals who have evaluated your work and can speak to the student’s academic abilities and/or related paid work or volunteer experience)
  • Deadlines

    The MSW program follows a cohort model.  As such, traditional MSW applicants (e.g., full-time and extended degree plan) are admitted in the fall semester only.  Advanced standing applicants are admitted in the summer only.  Admission consideration for the traditional MSW program, as well as for the Advanced Standing program, are conducted 3 times a year.  Students planning to apply for financial aid should contact the Financial Aid Office as soon as possible to determine if earlier deadlines are required.

    Early admission is on December 1, and only complete applications will be considered. Scholarship Priority Deadline is on February 1, and Priority Deadline is on April 15th.

    All applicants must apply online.

  • Course Offerings

     

Dual Programs

Dual Programs

 

Dual Master of Public Administration and Master of Criminal Justice

MPA/MCJ Program Admissions
Resources and application process for Dual Master of Public Administration and Criminal Justice
  • MPA/MCJ COVID-19 Response

    Letter of recommendation flyer
    In response to COVID-19, the UCCS School of Public Affairs will be waiving letters of recommendation for new Master of Public Administration and Master of Criminal Justice applicants with an undergraduate GPA of 3.25 or higher. 

     

  • Prerequisites

    A bachelor's degree from a college or university of accredited standing, with grades sufficiently high to indicate ability to pursue graduate work. The applicant may have majored in any field for the undergraduate degree.  Students should have a 3.00 (or better) undergraduate grade point average for admission into the MPA/MCJ program.

  • Application Materials
    •  Online Graduate School Application
    • $60 non-refundable application fee
    • Official transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended
    • Current resume
    • Written statement that includes 500-word responses to the following three prompts:   
      • What are your career aspirations and how can your academic experience contribute to your career goals?
      • What is relevant in your professional or academic background that contributes to your anticipated success in your master’s experience?
      • Please provide an example of how your personal characteristics helped you overcome a specific challenge.
    • Contact information, including email address, for two qualified references that establish the applicant's qualifications for graduate work (professors, employers, and/or others acquainted with the prospective student's professional and/or academic work)
  • Deadlines

    Admission to the MPA program is made on a rolling basis, and applicants are notified as soon as an admission decision is made. Application deadlines are as follows:

    • Fall semester: August 1

    • Spring semester: December 1

    • Summer semester: May 1

    If you miss the deadline, please contact the SPA Office.

    Students who find they are not able to enroll during the semester for which they were accepted may defer enrollment for up to two semesters (including summer) by contacting SPA’s graduate student services specialist.

    Students planning to apply for financial aid should contact the Financial Aid Office as soon as possible to determine if earlier deadlines are required.

    Students who have missed the deadline for the upcoming semester may register as unclassified students. Up to twelve credit hours of Public Administration or Criminal Justice course work taken as a UCCS unclassified student may be applied to the MPA or MCJ degree program.

  • Finances

    The cost of the degree program will vary based on several factors such as residency status, number of credit hours taken per semester, online course fees, etc. The total cost for the degree program for in-state students is approximately $30,900 and for out-of-state students is approximately $64,600. Your specific costs may be more accurately estimated using the Bursar Office’s Estimate Your Bill tool. 

    Financial assistance is available to support those students who would not be able to attend SPA without aid. The primary source of information about need-based student financial assistance as well as scholarships and other non-need-based aid is the UCCS Office of Financial Aid, Student Employment, and Scholarships. Additional information on financial assistance programs may be obtained through the Graduate School.

    The School of Public Affairs also offers scholarships and a limited number of graduate teaching or research assistantships to students.

  • Course Schedules

    Please be advised that courses are typically offered alternately online and on campus, not concurrently.  It is recommended that if you prefer either all online or all on campus courses, you speak with the School of Public Affairs before applying.

Dual Master of Public Administration and Master of Sociology

MPA/MA SOC Program Admissions
Resources and application process for the Master of Public Administration and Master of Sociology
  • Prerequisites

    MPA:  A bachelor's degree from a college or university of accredited standing, with grades sufficiently high to indicate ability to pursue graduate work. The applicant may have majored in any field for the undergraduate degree. Students should have a 3.00 (or better) undergraduate grade point average.

     

    MA/SOC: A bachelor’s degree from a college or university of accredited standing or have completed work equivalent for such a degree and equivalent to the degree given at this University. The applicant should have at least a 3.0 undergraduate grade point average, adequate preparation to begin graduate study in sociology, and show promise for advanced study and research, as judged by the applicant’s previous scholastic record.   Students may be admitted as a provisional degree student due to the following reasons:

    • An undergraduate major in a field other than sociology
    • Undergraduate record shows strong potential but struggled with core classes essential for successful completion of a graduate degree in Sociology at UCCS
    • Cumulative undergraduate GPA is below 3.0

    Students admitted provisionally may have additional specific requirements that must be met prior to being admitted as a regular admitted student.

  • Application Materials
    •  Online Graduate School Application
    • $60 non-refundable application fee
    • Official transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended
    • Current resume
    • Goal statement:
      • Approximately 2 pages
      • Describe your interest in the dual MPA/MA SOC program
      • Explain how the program relates to your current qualifications, education, and experience in a way that helps you meet your academic and professional goals and objectives.
    • Contact information, including email address, for three qualified references that establish the applicant's qualifications for graduate work (professors, employers, and/or others acquainted with the prospective student's professional and/or academic work)
  • Deadlines

    The application deadline for Fall admission is April 15th and the application deadline for Spring admission is November 15th.

  • Finances

    The cost of the degree program will vary based on several factors such as residency status, number of credit hours taken per semester, online course fees, etc. The total cost for the degree program for in-state students is approximately $30,400 and for out-of-state students is approximately $63,400. Your specific costs may be more accurately estimated using the Bursar Office’s Estimate Your Bill tool. 

    The MPA/MA SOC program qualifies as a Western Regional Graduate Program. Residents of Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming are eligible to pay in-state tuition for this program. The benefit is automatically applied to qualified students' tuition bill based on their legal residency.

    Financial assistance is available to support those students who would not be able to attend SPA without aid. The primary source of information about need-based student financial assistance as well as scholarships and other non-need-based aid is the UCCS Office of Financial Aid, Student Employment and Scholarships. Additional information on financial assistance programs may be obtained through the Graduate School.

  • Course Schedules

    Please be advised that courses are offered online and on campus, however, this program cannot be completed fully online.

Information for International Applicants

International Applicants
  • Am I an International Applicant?

    If you are not a US citizen or you do not yet hold a US Permanent Resident status, you should apply as an international student.  International students are welcome at the School of Public Affairs and at UCCS. 

    Review more information with International Admissions.

  • Application Requirements

    International applicants must complete the same application process, with a few additional requirements (listed in the main menu box):

    • Online Graduate School Application, which includes a written statement indicating educational and career goals
    • $60 non-refundable application fee 
    • Official transcripts from all higher education institutions
    • Three recommendations by qualified references that establish the applicant's personal qualifications for graduate work. Recommendations may be from professors, employers, and/or others who are acquainted with the prospective student's professional and/or academic work.
    • Current resume

    Please me mindful of deadlines with the Office of Financial Aid and the specific program you are applying to. 

  • English Proficiency

    All English as Second Language (ESL) applicants are required to meet a minimum standard of English proficiency for admission.   These can be met if:

    • You hold a post-secondary degree from a U.S. accredited institution or in a program where English is the language of instruction.
    • You obtained a test score of 80 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).  Only valid for two years from the date of taking the test.
    • You obtained a test score of 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).  Only valid for two years from the date of taking the test.
    • You make arrangements to take the UCCS KITE Exam.  UCCS administer an English Proficiency exam (KITE) on an individual basis.  A minimum score of 460 or better is required. All applicants may make arrangement to take the KITE exam at UCCS but may only take the test no more than once per academic semester (fall, spring, summer).  To make an appointment for testing, email langsctr@uccs.edu and pay the $75 fee. 
    • The applicant graduated from an English Language Training (ESL) Program approved by UCCS and submits a copy of completion certificate with formal passing grades.
    •  The applicant is a citizen of a country whose official language is English.  These countries include Australia, Belize, Botswana, Canada (except Quebec), Commonwealth Caribbean, Ghana, United Kingdom, Ireland, Kenya, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.
  • Applicants may petition 

    or a waiver of the written English Proficiency exam (TOEFL, IELTS, etc.) if the following criteria have been met:

    1. An applicant has three or more years of residency in the US (or a country where English is the primary language); and
    2. An applicant has meaningful, professional work experience in an organization where all activities are conducted in English 

    A letter from the student’s current employer providing evidence to a student’s competency in speaking, reading and writing in English must accompany a written petition from the student.

    Waiver of the English Proficiency Examination is reviewed on a case-by-case basis and not guaranteed.

  • Entrance Exam

    The School of Public Affairs does not require entrance exams.

  • Evidence of Financial Support

    U.S. immigration regulations will require you to demonstrate that you have sufficient funds to cover 12 months' worth of expenses.

  • Admissions Support

    If you are offered admission, we will work with the Admissions Office to process your application.They will review your evidence of financial support and issue your visa documentation. 

    In addition, once admitted, the International Affairs Office at UCCS supports and advocates for international students and hosts the mandatory orientation session.