MPA/MCJ Program Details

Program Details

MPA/MCJ Program Details

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About the Dual Program

The fields of public administration and criminal justice are closely connected. While the Master of Public Administration (MPA) is a generalist degree designed to prepare students for a variety of positions in public and nonprofit management and policy analysis, the Master of Criminal Justice (MCJ) prepares graduates to work in criminal justice organizations.

This dual degree provides an opportunity for students to complete both programs simultaneously in 54 credit hours, instead of 72 credit hours which would be required if completing each degree separately. Dual degree students will complete the core courses in each program, a capstone or thesis in either discipline, and will have flexibility in choosing electives from both programs. Graduates will be equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to work in a number of public service or criminal justice settings.

Program Requirements

A minimum of 54 credit hours is required for this program

  • 9 credit hours of criminal justice core courses

  • 15 credit hours of public administration core courses

  • 3 credit hours of CJ/PAD Research Methods

  • 3 credit hours of internship (waiver possible)

  • 24 credit hours of elective courses (at least 6 hours CJ)

  • 3-6 credit hours of capstone or thesis

    Average time of completion is three and a half to four years, depending on whether full-time or part-time.

    Courses can be completed online, on campus, or a combination of both.

Check out the Degree Plan and Course Schedules for the program.

Faculty and Research Areas


General questions about applying to the School of Public Affairs can be found below.  If your questions are not answered here, you can also find more information on the Future Students section.  

All applicants must apply online.

Required Application Materials
Graduate Certificate Admissions
International Students

Financial Aid

To apply for UCCS Scholarships you must:

  • Be admitted to UCCS
  • Submit your FAFSA
  • Complete online scholarship application (opens December 1 and March 1)



Application Requirements
  1. Online Graduate School Application
  2. Official transcripts
  3. Bachelor's degree from accredited university
  4. Two professional/academic recommendations
  5. Statement of goals
  6. Resume
  7. Application fee
Application Deadlines

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis

Fall: August 1

Spring: December 1

Summer: May 1

Contact the School of Public Affairs

If you have any questions about the program, or application requirements, you can contact the School of Public Affairs at (719) 255-4993 or via e-mail at