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2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

School of Public Affairs

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Dean: Paul Teske
Associate Dean: Tanya Heikkila
Associate Dean: Kelly Hupfeld
Assistant Dean, Denver: Kathy Kilpatrick


Lawrence Street Center, Fifth Floor
1380 Lawrence Street
Telephone: 303-315-2228
Fax: 303-315-2229

Mailing Address
School of Public Affairs
Campus Box 142
P.O. Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364

Current Student Inquiries  

General Inquiries: 303-315-2228

Graduate Students Last Name A-L:

Dawn Savage, Student Services Coordinator

Graduate Students Last Name M-Z:

Antoinette Sandoval, Student Services Coordinator

Undergraduate Students

Hansen Millison, Academic Advisor

Nora Scanlon, BACJ Academic Advisor/Program Coordinator

Prospective Student Inquiries

Undergraduate and Graduate 
Rebecca Gianarkis

Application Deadlines

Undergraduate Deadlines
For fall semester - July 22
For spring semester - December 1
For summer semester - May 3

CU Denver School of Public Affairs

Lead. Solve. Change. 

CU Denver School of Public Affairs prepares the next generation of leaders in public service and criminal justice professions to solve society’s most pressing problems. Faculty at the School of Public Affairs are known for their rigorous scholarship and dedication to public affairs, regularly winning awards for their research and teaching. Nationally ranked for excellence, the School of Public Affairs offers the following degree programs:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Arts in Public Service
  • Master of Criminal Justice (MCJ)
  • Master of Public Administration (MPA)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Public Affairs

The School of Public Affairs also offers undergraduate and graduate certificates programs in criminal justice and public affairs. Programs are offered in person, online or in a hybrid format, with all formats taught by the same award-winning faculty.

The school attracts a dynamic mix of students representing a diversity of ages and experience - from undergraduates just beginning their public service careers to well-seasoned professionals already immersed in public or nonprofit management and policy. Students have opportunities to become involved in community-centered research projects with faculty, learn from distinguished local practitioners in their classes, serve in internships in government and nonprofit offices, work in partnership with the school’s applied research centers and participate in the numerous public affairs-related events held by the school each semester.

Working together, faculty, staff and students conduct research that improves the quality of life and informs policy making and management in the public and nonprofit sectors. Graduates of the School of Public Affairs are prepared to lead in their fields, solve pressing social issues and change communities for the better. Alumni include legislators, policy analysts and advocates, state agency directors, police chiefs, city and county managers, nonprofit leaders, and university faculty and administrators.


The MPA program is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA), the authoritative accrediting body in the field of public policy, affairs and administration.

US News & World Report 2019 Rankings in the Nation:

  • #34 - Best Graduate Public Affairs Schools
  • #12 - Environmental Policy and Management
  • #19 - Online Master of Criminal Justice
  • #23 - Public Finance and Budgeting
  • #29 - Public Management and Leadership
  • #29 - Public Policy Analysis

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