School of Public Affairs

Welcome to SPA

Dr. SchwartzWelcome to the UCCS School of Public Affairs, a vibrant learning community serving those who seek to make a difference in the public sector. The Roman poet Virgil asserted that the noblest virtue is the public good. Whether you are a prospective student, a graduate, a friend, or an interested citizen, thank you for your interest in our school.

The School of Public Affairs provides high-quality degrees and certificates within a culture of care. It is an environment where students, faculty and community members engage and learn from each other in the classroom and through research and experiential learning. Spend some time with our world-class faculty and you will soon come to understand why the School of Public Affairs is such a special place.

Our programs emphasize critical thinking and analytical skills necessary for leading and managing effectively in a diverse society. Our graduates are prepared to innovate in the complex world in which we live.

Our Master of Public Administration program is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA). This accreditation is awarded only after a rigorous peer review process that ensures our program provides high quality education and promotes values of public service.

Our flagship Criminal Justice undergraduate and graduate degree programs are renowned for combining theory and practice. Our dedicated Criminal justice faculty is comprised of top-flight academics and experienced criminal justice professionals who have much to offer those who are interested in issues of crime and justice.

The world of public affairs is rich and varied, full of challenges and rewards. 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 and administration, the School of Public Affairs has much to offer. Here you will interact with scholars and leading practitioners in small classes. You will have an opportunity to contribute from your own experiences and be challenged with opportunities for new learning. You will also engage in classroom dialogue and work on real-world problems in community settings.

If you share our desire to make the world a better place I invite you to take a closer look at the School of Public Affairs. We look forward to meeting you.

--George E. Reed, Ph.D


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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.Invest Now.

New eJournal: Journal of Human Security & Resilience
Journal of Human Security and Resilience

The UCCS School of Public Affairs and the Center for Human Security (CHS) have launched a peer-reviewed Journal of Human Security & Resilience, with Dr. Edin Mujkic as Editor-in-Chief and Steve Recca as Managing Editor.

Capstone Spotlight: Stuart Sockman, MPA

UCCS SPA alumnus, Stuart Sockman, presents his capstone research to the Colorado Springs Council of Neighbors and Organizations (CONO) on Perceptions of Wildfire and Flooding Preparedness in the Pikes Peak Region.

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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.


Upcoming Events

UCCS School of Public Affairs Events

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Latin American Forum with Ambassador John Maisto and Dr. Ernesto Medina

SPA's Center for Human Security and the Colorado Springs World Affairs Council will sponsor a forum on the historical ties--and challenges--between the U.S. and Nicaragua with special guests Ambassador John Maisto, former U.S. Ambassador to Nicaragua and Venezuela, and Dr. Ernesto Medina, President of the Autonomous National University of Nicaragua. Event will be held on Wednesday, September 16, 2015.

Energy Policy Research Conference

Boise State University's Energy Policy Institute (EPI) is hosting its 5th annual Energy Policy Research Conference in Denver, CO from September 10-11, 2015. For the conference details, visit Energy Policy Research Conference.

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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Leadership - Ret General Charles Jacoby


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