Alpha Phi Sigma is the only nationally recognized honor society for students in the criminal justice sciences. The society recognizes academic excellence by undergraduates and graduate students alike.
Alpha Phi Sigma-Kappa Xi is dedicated to fostering active and inclusive chapters focused on promoting excellence in criminal justice scholarship and performance. As one of over 350 chapters, Kappa Xi is committed to contributing in both a scholarly and civic capacity to improve our community.
Alpha Phi Sigma Kappa Xi is dedicated to developing a diverse membership base, capable of incorporating a range of scholarly perspectives. We are focused on showcasing the contributions of our members and recognizing their scholarly achievements. We focus on engaging members and the community through workshops, networking and research opportunities.
We encourage and develop lifelong learners and professionals, of high moral and ethical standards, with strong analytical and intellectual skills, who focus on the efficiency and effectiveness of the criminal justice system.
Undergraduate and graduate students who are in the criminal justice field are encouraged to apply for membership in this organization. To be eligible for membership, students must have completed one-third of their total hours required for graduation.
Undergraduate students are required to maintain a minimum of a 3.2 GPA in both criminal justice courses and overall courses at the time of induction. Student must also rank in the top 35 percent of their classes and have completed a minimum of four courses within the criminal justice curriculum.
Graduate students are required to maintain a minimum of a 3.4 GPA in both criminal justice courses and overall courses. Students must have completed a minimum of four courses within the criminal justice curriculum. Law students must have completed one academic year in law school with a grade point average of 2.5 or higher.
The mission of CU Denver's Master of Public Administration Student Association (MPASA) is to create opportunities for MPA students to engage with one another and to share knowledge, experiences and insight. We seek to establish a network of students through program engagement, community involvement and professional development.
Professional Development: To enhance professional development, networking and resource exchange opportunities between MPA students, faculty and alumni.
Student Culture: To foster a community for MPA students to meet and interact, provide support, and engage in various activities and social events.
Community Service: To build a positive presence in the Denver community and strengthen relationships with local nonprofits through volunteerism.
Represent: To maintain the MPA Student Association’s presence in the MPA program and represent student concerns, interests and ideas, as well as make formal recommendations to the faculty, staff and administration of CU Denver and the School of Public Affairs.
Meetings are held monthly during the fall and spring semesters, and are open to all current MPA students.
Pi Alpha Alpha is the Global Honor Society for public affairs and administration. There are more than 160 chapters located around the world at NASPAA member schools, including CU Denver School of Public Affairs.
The purpose of Pi Alpha Alpha is to encourage and recognize outstanding scholarship and accomplishment in public affairs and administration. Its objectives, such as fostering integrity, professionalism, and effective performance, promote the advancement of quality in the education and practice of the art and science of public affairs and administration. PAA membership identifies those with the highest performance levels in educational programs preparing them for public service careers.
The School of Public Affairs PhD Student Association (SPAPSA) mission is to establish a community of students who support each other through the sharing of experience and knowledge across PhD cohorts. The student association has three main functions: academic enrichment, social interaction and new student orientation.
SPAPSA supports academic development of students through information exchange, the organization of relevant academic and social activities outside of the School of Public Affairs, and meetings for incoming PhD students prior to matriculation.
SPAPSA is open to all PhD students, who are encouraged to participate in meetings and events as they please, except for those who hold formal positions on the executive board. The executive board typically holds at least one formal meeting per month, where all association members are invited to attend. PhD students nominate two co-presidents, a treasurer and a secretary to serve each year.
The SPA PhD Student Association meets regularly for brownbag seminars and social events. To encourage further cross-cohort interactions, the PhD student association assigns student “mentors” to incoming students each year. Additionally, a representative from the PhD Student Association serves on the faculty PhD committee. The faculty committee and association members make a concerted effort to coordinate activities and share ideas about program needs.