Graduate Admissions

MPA & MCJ

MPA & MCJ Program Admissions

Prerequisites

A bachelor's degree from a college or university of accredited standing, with grades sufficiently high to indicate ability to pursue graduate work. The applicant may have majored in any field for the undergraduate degree.

Students should have a 3.00 (or better) undergraduate grade point average for admission into the MPA program.

Application Materials

  • Online Graduate School Application, which includes a written statement indicating educational and career goals
  • $60 non-refundable application fee ($100 for International students)
  • Official transcripts from all higher education institutions
  • Three recommendations by qualified references that establish the applicant's personal qualifications for graduate work. Recommendations may be from professors, employers, and/or others who are acquainted with the prospective student's professional and/or academic work.
  • Current resume

Deadlines

The application deadline for UCCS School of Public Affairs' programs  is based on a rolling admissions policy: we accept applications up to the week prior to the start of each semester. We also conduct our reviews of applications on a continual basis. Students planning to apply for financial aid should contact the Financial Aid Office as soon as possible to determine if earlier deadlines are required.

Students who have missed the deadline for the upcoming semester may register as unclassified students. Up to twelve credit hours of public administration or criminal justice course work taken as a UCCS unclassified student may be applied to the MPA or MCJ degree program.

Graduate Certificate Admission

Students are not required to apply to a degree program to take courses toward a graduate certificate but must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited university.  Courses are offered online and on campus.*

Students not currently admitted to the MPA or MCJ degree program must apply as a non-degree seeking graduate student, and submit official transcripts and a $50 application fee to the UCCS Office of Admissions.

Current MPA or MCJ students seeking a graduate certificate must submit a Certificate Declaration to spa@uccs.edu.

*Please be advised that courses are typically offered alternately online and on campus, not concurrently.  It is recommended that if you prefer either all online or all on campus courses,  you speak with the School of Public Affairs before applying.  Upcoming course schedules are available

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Social Work

MSW Graduate Program Admissions

Prerequisites

  • A four-year undergraduate degree from an institution accredited by a recognized regional accrediting association (or equivalent if your degree was earned outside of the U.S.
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.7
  • Sufficient undergraduate preparation and training for graduate study in social welfare (at least 18 social science credits in anthropology, economics, ethnic studies, geography, history, linguistics, political science, psychology, sociology, etc or any combination)

The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is not required for admission to the MSW program.

Application Materials

  • Online Graduate School Application 
  • $60 non-refundable application fee ($100 for International students)
  • Official transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended 
  • Professional statements for 3 writing prompts (500 to 1,000 words for each question) 
  • Current resume 
  • Contact information for 2 professional references (It is recommended that applicants select a cross-section of references, including employers, faculty or other individuals who have evaluated your work and can speak to the student’s academic abilities and/or related paid work or volunteer experience)

Deadlines

The MSW program follows a cohort model.  As such, traditional MSW applicants (e.g., full-time and extended degree plan) are admitted in the fall semester only.  Advanced standing applicants are admitted in the summer only.  Admission consideration for the traditional MSW program, as well as for the Advanced Standing program, are conducted 3 times a year.  Students planning to apply for financial aid should contact the Financial Aid Office as soon as possible to determine if earlier deadlines are required.

Early admission is on December 2, and only complete applications will be considered.  Scholarship Priority Deadline is on February 1, and Priority Deadline is on April 15.

All applicants must apply online.

 

Information for International Applicants

  • Am I an International Applicant?

    If you are not a US citizen or you do not yet hold a US Permanent Resident status, you should apply as an international student. Review more information with International Admissions.

  • Application Requirements

    International applicants must complete the same application process, with a few additional requirements (listed in the main menu box):

    • Online Graduate School Application, which includes a written statement indicating educational and career goals
    • $60 non-refundable application fee ($100 for International students)
    • Official transcripts from all higher education institutions
    • Three recommendations by qualified references that establish the applicant's personal qualifications for graduate work. Recommendations may be from professors, employers, and/or others who are acquainted with the prospective student's professional and/or academic work.
    • Current resume

    Please me mindful of deadlines with the Office of Financial Aid and the specific program you are applying to. 

  • English Proficiency

    All English as Second Language (ESL) applicants are required to meet a minimum standard of English proficiency for admission.   These can be met if:

    • You hold a post-secondary degree from a U.S. accredited institution or in a program where English is the language of instruction.
    • You obtained a test score of 80 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).  Only valid for two years from the date of taking the test.
    • You obtained a test score of 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).  Only valid for two years from the date of taking the test.
    • You make arrangements to take the UCCS KITE Exam.  UCCS administer an English Proficiency exam (KITE) on an individual basis.  A minimum score of 460 or better is required. All applicants may make arrangement to take the KITE exam at UCCS but may only take the test no more than once per academic semester (fall, spring, summer).  To make an appointment for testing, email langsctr@uccs.edu and pay the $75 fee. 
    • The applicant graduated from an English Language Training (ESL) Program approved by UCCS and submits a copy of completion certificate with formal passing grades.
    •  The applicant is a citizen of a country whose official language is English.  These countries include Australia, Belize, Botswana, Canada (except Quebec), Commonwealth Caribbean, Ghana, United Kingdom, Ireland, Kenya, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.

     

  • Applicants may petition 

    or a waiver of the written English Proficiency exam (TOEFL, IELTS, etc.) if the following criteria have been met:

    1. An applicant has three or more years of residency in the US (or a country where English is the primary language); and
    2. An applicant has meaningful, professional work experience in an organization where all activities are conducted in English 

    A letter from the student’s current employer providing evidence to a student’s competency in speaking, reading and writing in English must accompany a written petition from the student.

    Waiver of the English Proficiency Examination is reviewed on a case-by-case basis and not guaranteed.

  • Entrance Exam

    The School of Public Affairs does not require entrance exams. 

  • Evidence of Financial Support

    U.S. immigration regulations will require you to demonstrate that you have sufficient funds to cover 12 months' worth of expenses.

  • Admissions Support

    If you are offered admission, we will work with the Admissions Office to process your application.They will review your evidence of financial support and issue your visa documentation. 

    In addition, once admitted, the International Affairs Office at UCCS supports and advocates for international students and hosts the mandatory orientation session.