As the top-ranked public affairs school in Colorado and among the best in the nation, CU Denver School of Public Affairs is creating the next generation of visionary leaders. Our downtown Denver location provides unprecedented access to a diverse urban environment where policy becomes practice. Our online courses give students flexibility and choices that fit their lifestyles. Our faculty’s expertise makes us a go-to resource for state and national policy makers, and for students who have a vision for a better future. Learn more about the people who make up the community of CU Denver School of Public Affairs.


The School of Public Affairs prepares the next generation of leaders in public service and criminal justice professions to solve society’s most pressing problems. Working together, faculty, staff and students also conduct research that improves the quality of life and informs policy making and management in the public and nonprofit sectors.

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U.S. News & World Report 2024 Best Graduate Schools rankings

#1 Best Public Affairs Program in Colorado (#28 in the nation)
#1 in Environmental Policy and Management in Colorado (#9 in the nation)
#1 in Nonprofit Management in Colorado (#18 in the nation)
#1 in Public Finance and Budgeting in Colorado (#18 in the nation)
#1 in Public Management and Leadership in Colorado (#18 in the nation)
#1 in Local Government in Colorado (#21 in the nation)
#1 in Public Policy Analysis in Colorado (#29 in the nation)
#2 Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Programs in Colorado (#20 in the nation)

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School of Public Affairs

CU Denver

Lawrence Street Center

1380 Lawrence Street


Denver, CO 80204


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