Why UCCS?

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Why UCCS School of Public Affairs

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With a faculty of experienced practitioners and nationally-recognized researchers,  School of Public Affairs students participate in experiential learning, thrive in rigorous programs, and benefit from small class sizes and a collaborative approach.

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 highly qualified faculty.

Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice

The School of Public Affairs' Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice program utilizes a flexible interdisciplinary approach recognizing criminal justice professionals need a strong knowledge foundation across a variety of disciplines (e.g., sociology, psychology, mathematics, and science) to succeed.

  • Along with the traditional on-campus bachelor degree program, the School of Public Affairs offers an online degree completion program for undergraduates who have completed an Associate of Arts degree in Criminal Justice.
  • Students can choose from three options around which to focus their degree:
    • Law, Forensic Studies, and Law Enforcement.
  • Students can also minor in Criminal Justice, pursue a Dual Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Sociology, a Dual Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Psychology, or an Accelerated Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice to Master of Criminal Justice. 

Master's Degrees and Graduate Certificates

The School of Public Affairs at UCCS offers a variety of options for students pursuing graduate study including:  Master of Public Administration (MPA), Master of Criminal Justice (MCJ) , and Dual Masters of Public Administration and Criminal Justice (MPA/MCJ) . SPA's graduate certificates include Public Management; Nonprofit Management; Criminal Justice; Homeland Security and Emergency Management Leadership; National Security Intelligence; and Grant Writing, Management, and Program Evaluation.

The UCCS School of Public Affairs offers flexibility to its graduate students. 

  • All degrees and certificates are offered online as well as on campus, or students can take courses both online and on campus.  Being flexible to taking online and on campus courses is the quickest way to complete a degree or certificate as the mode of delivery for courses vary by semester.
  • The MPA and MCJ degrees can be completed in as little as two years, or spread out across up to, but no more than, six years. Students can choose from a full-time (5 or more credit hours per semester) or part-time schedule, with multiple start dates (including traditional fall, spring and summer terms).
  • On-campus courses are offered in the evening (4:45-7:20 p.m. or 7:30-10:05 p.m.) and meet one night a week in fall and spring semesters.

UCCS School of Public Affairs offers the only Master of Public Administration (MPA) NASPAA- (Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration) accredited program in the Pikes Peak Region.