Academic Advising

The School of Public Affairs offers personalized support to students enrolled in criminal justice and public affairs programs. Students are assigned an academic advisor who will help them to plan their path to graduation and to navigate university and school policies and procedures. It is recommended that students meet regularly with their advisors — at least two to three times per semester for undergraduate students, and two to three times over the course of the program for graduate students.

Advisors can provide support to:

  • Help students understand the requirements of their program and how to use the Degree Audit tool in the UCD Access student portal
  • Help transfer students understand which transfer credits can be applied to their program of study
  • Help students choose the classes that meet their program requirements and that align with their concentrations and areas of interest
  • Help students to understand and resolve any holds that may appear on their student accounts, thus preventing them from registering for classes
  • Help students to register for classes
  • Refer students to academic and other support available through the School of Public Affairs and CU Denver
  • Ensure students are on track with their program completion plans
  • Provide authorizations for changes to their class schedules
  • Provide information on the process of graduating from CU Denver and participating in Commencement

Academic Advisors

NOTE: Academic advisors have a hybrid work schedule. The best way to contact your advisor for the quickest response is by emailing them directly and/or scheduling an appointment using Inspire.

Frequently Used Forms

Students often need to complete and submit forms as part of official university business. The following forms are available through the CU Denver Office of the Registrar. You can find descriptions of the forms and access them on the Office of the Registrar’s website.

Important Resources

The Academic Catalog contains information about all the schools, colleges and academic programs at CU Denver, including program descriptions, program admission and completion requirements, course descriptions, academic policies and more. Students should review either the Undergraduate or Graduate Catalog (selected the correct version from the drop-down menu for CU Denver), depending on their program and being sure to select the catalog version that corresponds to the academic year of their admission to the program.

Students should also note important dates and deadlines that are listed in the Academic Calendar, which is CU Denver’s official calendar. Additionally, students who apply for financial aid and scholarships should check the Billing Calendar to ensure they meet important deadlines.


The School of Public Affairs has developed handbooks for several of its graduate programs. The handbooks are valuable sources of information that outline the requirements, policies and resources for each program and can help to answer many questions. Please familiarize yourself with the contents of the handbook for your program.

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