MPA Program Details

Program Details

MPA Program Details and Requirements

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About the Program

The MPA degree is multidisciplinary and designed to provide graduate professional education for individuals who wish to prepare themselves for administrative and/or policy careers in public, nonprofit, national security and criminal justice systems. In addition to a solid core curriculum covering essential problem-solving and decision-making skills and diverse elective choices, students with less professional experience participate in internships with public and nonprofit agencies.

Program Requirements

The MPA requires a minimum of 36 semester hours, to include:

  • 18 credit hours of core courses
  • 15 credit hours of electives
  • 3 credit hours of capstone 

Pre-service students, those without at least a year of full-time relevant professional experience, are required to complete a 3 credit hour internship in the public or nonprofit sector in addition to the above requirements.  This brings the total number of semester hours required for pre-service students to 39. The internship requirement is determined at the time of admission.   

Some students may substitute a thesis for capstone as a culminating project.  A thesis requires 6 credit hours spread over two semesters and decreases the number of electives credit hours to 12.

Average time of completion is between two and four years, depending on full- or part-time status. Courses can be completed online, on campus, or in combination.

Additional information regarding electives, transfer credits, and other curriculum questions may be found in the MPA Handbook

Certificate Options
Dual Program Options
Faculty Research Areas

Financial Aid

To apply for UCCS Scholarships you must:

  • Be admitted to UCCS
  • Submit your FAFSA
  • Complete online scholarship application (opens Dec 1/Mar 1)



Application 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.


Contact the School of Public Affairs

If you have any questions about the program, or application requirements, you can contact the School of Public Affairs at (719) 255-4993 or via e-mail at