Why - UCCS School Public Affairs?

Dean Terry Schwartz counselling a School of Public Affairs' student The choice is yours, but why choose anything but the best!

Almost 400 students are in the Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice program, 21in the Master of Criminal Justice program and 120 in the Master of Public Administration program. The small size of the UCCS School of Public Affairs is one reason that it is the best.

The school is known for its friendly and inviting culture and scholarship. While the student body is small; faculty and staff members are readily accessible and engage students as peers. At UCCS School of Public Affairs, students are assured of excellence in teaching by highly qualified faculty.

Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice

The BACJ program utilizes a flexible interdisciplinary approach recognizing criminal justice professionals need a strong knowledge foundation across a variety of  domains (e.g., sociology, psychology, mathematics, and science) to succeed.

  • Along with the traditional on campus bachelor degree program, the School of Public Affairs now offers an online degree completion program for undergraduates who have completed an Associate of Arts degree in Criminal Justice.
  • Students can choose from six options around which to focus their degree:
    • Corrections, Family Violence, Law, Forensic Studies, Law Enforcement, and Public Policy.
  • Students can also minor in Criminal Justice.

Master's Degrees and Graduate Certificates
The School of Public Affairs at UCCS offers a variety of options for students pursuing graduate study including:  Master of Public Administration degree, Master of Criminal Justice degree, and graduate certificates in Public Management, Nonprofit Management, Nonprofit Fund Development, Criminal Justice, Homeland Defense and Security Intelligence.

The UCCS School of Public Affairs offers flexibility to its graduate students. 

  • All degrees and certificates are offered online as well as on campus, or students can take courses both online and on campus.
  • The MPA and MCJ degrees can be completed in as little as 18 months, or spread it out across 6 years. Students can choose from a full-time (5 or more credit hours per semester) or part-time schedule, with multiple start dates (including traditional fall, spring and summer terms).
  • On campus courses are offered in the evening (4:45-7:20 p.m. or 7:30-10:05 p.m.), and in intensive-course format on the weekends.


UCCS School of Public Affairs offers the only Master of Public Administration NASPAA- (Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration) accredited program in the Pikes Peak Region.

US News & World Report ranks the School of Public Affairs in the top 14% of schools of public affairs throughout the nation. US News & World Report Best of Graduate Schools.