School of Public Affairs

Welcome to SPA

Dr. SchwartzGreetings from the School of Public Affairs! As Interim Dean, it is my pleasure to welcome you to our website and our school. Whether you are a prospective or current student, a graduate, a friend or interested citizen, I appreciate your interest.

I hope as you peruse our site that you will recognize our desire and ability to provide excellent education as well as to serve and engage with our community. The School of Public Affairs (SPA) provides a vibrant environment in which students, faculty and community members engage with each other and learn together - in the classroom, in the field, and through research and conferences.

The School of Public Affairs' Masters in Public Administration (MPA) program is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA). This accreditation is received after undergoing a voluntary, rigorous peer review process to assure that we meet NASPAA standards; the accreditation must be renewed every seven years. We are proud that our school meets these high standards and that our program is in harmony with NASPAA's mission of high quality education and promoting values of public service.

The world of public affairs is rich and varied. Whether your interests lie in local, state or the federal government, in serving as an elected official, in leading a nonprofit agency or foundation, in the broad and demanding field of criminal justice, or in the arena of policy analysis, the School of Public Affairs has much to offer you. You will interact with academic scholars and leading practitioners in small classes. You will have an opportunity to contribute from your own experiences and to be challenged with opportunities for new learning. You will engage in classroom dialogue and work on real-world problems in community settings.

Our programs focus on the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities for critical thinking and analysis, leading and managing effectively in a diverse society, innovating and implementing in the complex world in which we live.

Please join us and prepare yourself for the future.


Upcoming Events

UCCS School of Public Affairs Events

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Evaluation of Innovation: from Developmental to Principles-Focused Frameworks

The Colorado Evaluation Network (COEN) is hosting a summer workshop with Dr. Michael Quinn Patton July 16, 2015 from 1-5pm at the History Colorado Center, 1200 Broadway, Denver. For more details, visit COEN Evaluation.

UCCS School of Public Affairs Graduation Reception 2015 Photos & Video

Honors for Student of the Year were presented and CSPD Chief Pete Carey was our special guest speaker.

UCCS School of Public Affairs Graduation Reception 2015

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Featured News & Spotlights

New Dean of UCCS School of Public Affairs

Dr George Reed new Dean of School of Public Affairs

UCCS Press Release: UCCS selects Dr. George Reed as the Dean of School of Public Affairs

School of Public Affairs Scholarship

To celebrate UCCS' 50th Anniversary and to provide financial support for students, the UCCS School of Public Affairs Scholarship has been created to raise funds for student scholarships.
Give to: UCCS School of Public Affairs Scholarship

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School of Public Affairs' 50th Anniversary Events in the News
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Publication Alert
Dr. Henrikka Weir and Dr. Katie Kaukinen article on effects of childhood exposure to violence. Read more.

Dr. Katie Kaukinen receives UCCS' Faculty Research Award

Employee of the Quarter
Lindsay Knell receives UCCS staff award. Read details.



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Myth of Work/Life Balance - Provost Mary Coussons-Read


Why SPA at UCCS?

Choose the Best!
The UCCS School of Public Affairs is one of the premier schools of public administration in the Rocky Mountain West, and the school's Master of Public Administration (MPA) program is accredited by NASPAA. The small, intimate size of the UCCS School of Public Affairs makes it a highlight for prospective and current students, making SPA an outstanding choice.

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 exceptional faculty.

Our Programs
Our strong program offerings include a Bachelor of Arts in Criminial Justice, Master of Public Administration, Master of Criminal Justice, and professional certificates.

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UCCS School of Public Affairs NASPAA Accreditation