School of Public Affairs

Welcome to SPA

Dr. George Reed, Dean of UCCS School of Public AffairsWelcome 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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Internships: City of Colorado Springs Summer 2017

Do you need an internship for this summer? Check out the opportunities with the City of Colorado Springs. Application deadlines for some of the positions are March 31, 2017, so make haste! Internships City of Colorado Springs

First Issue of Journal of Human Security & Resilience

The first issue of SPA's Center for Human Security's professional journal, Journal of Human Security & Resilience, is now available. Congratulations to Steve Recca and Edin Mujkic. Journal of Human Security & Resilience

Criminal Justice course in London

UCCS BACJ and MCJ students can study the history and roots of US Criminal Justice in London, England this summer from July 10 - 17, 2017. This faculty-directed course will facilitate meetings with members of the Royal Courts of Justice, House of Parliament and more. Contact Katy Cathcart for details and program credit at or (719) 255-2255 for details. Criminal Justice course in London.

International Development in East Africa Course

UCCS MPA students who are interested in understanding and addressing policy related to international development, public management and public policy have an opportunity to take University of Colorado Denver's International Development in East Africa course. Contact Dr. Don Klingner for details and program credit at or (719) 255-4012 for details. International Development in East Africa.

Publication Alert: Stephanie Ryon

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Dr. Stephanie Ryon for getting her article "Procedurally just cooperation: Explaining support for due process reforms in policing" published in the Journal of Criminal Justice published. "Procedurally just cooperation" article.

Publication Alert: Matthew Lunn

Congratulations to Matthew Lunn, Criminal Justice Lecturer, for getting his textbook Essentials of Medicolegal Death Investigation Public Integrity Journal published. Essentials of Medicolegal Death Investigation, 1st Edition.

Faculty Position Announcement: Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

The UCCS School of Public Affairs is currently recruiting for an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice. Full position announcement, visit: Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice.

Publication Alert: Edin Mujkic

Congratulations to Dr. Edin Mujkic for co-authoring and getting "Ethics Training for U.S. Military Leaders: Challenging the Conventional Approach" published by Public Integrity Journal.

Katy Cathcart Receives Prestigious WACJ 2016 Innovative Teaching Award

Congratulations to Katy Cathcart, our Senior Instructor of Criminal Justice, for receiving the 2016 Western Association of Criminal Justice Innovative Teaching Award! Katy Cathart WACJ Innovative Teaching Award.

Faculty Panel Presentation: A Muslim Threat: Real or Perceived?

A Front Range University Event Series at UCCS and the University of Denver, this year's theme is on "The U.S. and Islamophobia." The School of Public Affairs' Dr. Edin Mujkic will discuss the topic of “A Muslim Threat: Real or Perceived?” on September 19 from 5-7pm. The entire series will be held from September 19 - 21 from 5-7pm in the Library Apse.

Regina Winters Tapped as Prestigious Ethics Fellow

School Public Affairs' Assistant Dean and Senior Instructor, Regina Winters, has been chosen as one of seven faculty UCCS faculty members to serve as a UCCS Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Fellow for 2016-2017. Seven faculty tapped as ethics fellows.

East Africa Course in January 2017

Enroll in UCCS' East Africa happening in January 2017. The course, developed and facilitated by the Global Livingston Institute, focuses on international development. View the Africa Course Presentation and other course details.

Faculty Conference Presentation: American Correctional Association

On August 6, 2016, Senior Instructor Katy Cathcart and Dr. Susan Jones will be presenting and conducting a workshop at the annual American Correctional Association Conference on the relationship between the correctional culture and its effect upon staff misconduct and boundary violations. The title of their presentation is called What Does the Culture Have to do With It? Boundary Violations and Staff Misconduct.

Spotlight: Steve Recca

The University of Colorado's weekly publication (May 19, 2016) CU Connections profiled the School of Public Affairs' Steve Recca, Executive Director of the Center for Human Security, in CU's spotlight interview "Five questions for Steve Recca."

Publication Alert: Edin Mujkic

Congratulations to Dr. Edin Mujkic for getting two co-authored articles published: "WEB 2.0: How social media applications leverage nonprofit responses during a wildfire crisis", and "Leadership Behaviors and Trust in Leaders: Evidence from the U.S. Federal Government."

Faculty Alert: Michael Landon-Murray

At the 2016 annual conference of the International Studies Association, Dr. Michael Landon-Murray was elected as an Intelligence Studies Section (ISS) editor for a news and information partnership with H-Intel. He was recently selected as a course and program certification reviewer for the International Association for Intelligence Education (IAFIE).

Outstanding Students of the Year for School of Public Affairs

We congratulate these students for their excellence in the following School of Public Affairs' programs: BACJ: Caleb Payne, Heather Edwards, Jacob Schubert, Alyssa Swantkoski; MPA: Brandon Bishop and Kevin Hudgens; MCJ: Amy Bunn and Jake Campbell.

New eJournal: Journal of Human Security & Resilience

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

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.

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Upcoming Events

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CJ Event: Thinking for a Change

Wade Whitlock, State Probation officer, will discuss probation approaches for change in Colorado Department of Corrections on April 13, 2017 from 8-10:30am.

CJ Event: Homicide Interrogation Techniques

Andrew James, Chief of Investigations with the El Paso County Attorney's Office, Colorado scientifically breaks down interrogation strategies for a recent homicide case. on April 17, 2017 from 1:40-3:30pm in UC 302.

CJ Event: Alpha Phi Sigma Fundraiser

UCCS School of Public Affairs' Alpha Phi Sigma chapter is having a fundraiser is at Jason's Deli Friday, April 21st from 4:00PM-9:00PM. Location: 7455 N Academy Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO, 80920

CJ Event: Understanding Human Trafficking

This CJ Engagement is hosted by the students of Dr. Anna Kosloski's CJ 4030: Human Trafficking course on Thursday, April 27th from 11:30am to 1pm in the Upper Lodge.

School of Public Affairs Graduation Reception

We will be honoring our 2016-2017 graduates and the Pi Alpha inductees. Our guest speaker will be Ms. Rosemary Harris-Lytle, Executive Director at Positive Impact Colorado; President, NAACP CO MT WY State Conference, and MPA Alumna.

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MPA Alumna: Susan Szpyrka, Senior Vice Chancellor Administration & Finance, UCCS


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 Criminal Justice, Master of Public Administration, Master of Criminal Justice, and professional certificates.

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