Graduate Admissions

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Graduate Admissions


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.

Application Materials

  • Online Graduate School Application
  • Non-refundable application fee
  • Official transcripts from all higher education institutions
  • Two professional and/or academic recommendations by qualified references that establish the applicant's personal qualifications for graduate work.  In the submission process, you will be prompted to enter the names and emails of your recommenders.  We will then send them a link to an online questionnaire to complete.  Your recommenders will also have an opportunity to upload a written letter of recommendation, if preferred.
  • Students should have a 3.00 (or better) undergraduate grade point average for regular admission. 
  • Current resume
  • Statement of goals (prompts given within the application)
  • Some applicants, including International and ESL (English as a Second Language) students, may have additional requirements. Please contact the School of Public Affairs for more information.


Application deadlines are as follows:

Master of Criminal Justice, Master of Public Administration, Dual Master of Criminal Justice/Master of Public Administration:

  • Spring - December 1
  • Summer - May 1
  • Fall - August 1

Dual Master of Public Administration/Master of Arts in Sociology

  • Spring - November 15
  • Fall - April 15

Master of Social Work

  • Early applications:  Applications completed by December 2 will be reviewed with admissions decisions sent shortly thereafter.  Completed applications need to include all components, to include references, writing prompts, and official transcripts.  Applications submitted but not complete by December 2 will be reviewed with those submitted by the February 1 priority scholarship deadline. 
  • Scholarship consideration for all MSW applicants - February 1
  • Traditional MSW Program - April 15
  • Advanced Standing MSW - March 1 (beginning summer 2021)

Please contact SPA Student Services at 719-255-4993 or if you have missed a deadline. 

We 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 SPA graduate course work taken as a UCCS unclassified student may be applied to a SPA graduate degree program.  Courses must have been passed with a grade of B or better.

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.*

New students interested in pursuing a graduate certificate must complete the online graduate application, select their intended certificate and pay the required application fee. Certificate applications will be accepted up until one week before the semester starts.  An official transcript, showing the undergraduate degree conferred, should be sent to UCCS Admissions, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy, Colorado Springs, CO 80918, or electronically to

Current UCCS graduate students must submit a Certificate Declaration to

*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 here

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