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

February 10 (Tuesday) Nonprofits at Home and Abroad: Building Communities and Understanding Cultures

February 20 (Friday) SPA Graduate Student Networking Event

March 5 (Thursday) Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD) Spring 2015 Citizen's Academy

March 19 (Thursday) Annual Leadership Conference

April 6 (Monday) SPA Alumni Event

February - April Respect on Campus (ROC) Spring Events
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Featured News & Spotlights

The School of Public Affairs' Dr. Catherine Kaukinen has been chosen as this year’s recipient of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Faculty Award for Excellence in Research. The University's Campus Awards Committee recognized Dr. Kaukinen:

“Each year the Campus Awards Committee is faced with the difficult task of selecting one individual out of the pool of excellent faculty on this campus to honor for outstanding research, scholarly, or creative work, but your record of achievement stands out.”

Find out more about Dr. Catherine Kaukinen and other accomplished School of Public Affairs faculty by clicking here.

 

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 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.

Find out more: About School of Public Affairs

 

UCCS School of Public Affairs NASPAA Accreditation
 
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