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The UCCS School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs offers six graduate certificates.

Graduate Certificate in Public Management

Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management

Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Fund Development

Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice

Graduate Certificate in Homeland Defense

Graduate Certificate in Security Intelligence

Entrance into this program requires a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, and all courses for the certificate must be completed with a grade of B- or better in order to earn the certificate.

Before enrolling for courses, new students must apply to the University for unclassified student status and pay the required $25 application fee for unclassified student status. Current graduate degree-seeking students can pursue one or more of the certificates as part of their degree plan.

In addition, all individuals wanting to pursue a graduate certificate must submit a one-page certificate application and official transcripts to the Office of Admissions and Records showing that an undergraduate degree has been conferred.

The graduate certificate program offers an interim step between completion of an undergraduate degree and entering a graduate program. Credits earned in any SPA certificate program may be counted toward a Master of Public Administration degree; all graduate criminal justice, homeland defense and security intelligence courses can be applied to the Master of Criminal Justice degree. Please contact for additional information.

Students who wish to pursue a master's degree after completing the certificate program simply follow normal application procedures.