Pathways Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration - Master of Public Administration


This pathway program allows high-performing students to earn both the Bachelor of Arts in Public Service (to be renamed Bachelor of Arts in Pubic Administration effective fall 2021) and the Master of Public Administration in an accelerated timeframe. You will be prepared for leadership and management roles in local, state and federal governmental agencies, and in nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations.

The Program at a Glance

School: School of Public Affairs Campus: CU Denver Classroom: Online and on campus classes Recommended completion time: 5 Years Credits required for completion: 141 Maximum transfer credits: 9 Application deadline: Fall: July 31; Spring: December 31; Summer: May 31

The Details

Both the BAPS (BAPA) and MPA programs are available fully online, providing students with the flexibility to schedule courses around the reality of family and work demands, while also engaging both local and fully online students in public service opportunities in their own communities.

The Pathways BAPS (BAPA)/MPA degree program offered by the School of Public Affairs allows high-performing students to count 12 credit hours towards both the BAPS (BAPA) and the MPA degrees. Eligible students are those who have completed at least 75 credits with a minimum 3.5 GPA in the BAPS (BAPA) major and a 3.0 overall GPA, completed the undergraduate Core Curriculum, and who meet the other requirements listed below.

General requirements

To earn the degree, students must satisfy all requirements in each of the three areas below, in addition to their individual major requirements.

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Program requirements

  • The Bachelor of Arts in Public Service (Administration)/Master of Public Administration degree requires 141 credit hours of coursework.
  • A maximum of 9 transfer credit hours may be applied to the degree requirements.
  • Students must complete the following:
    • 37 - 38 credit hours in the CU CU Denver Core Curriculum.
    • 46 - 48 credit hours in general electives.
    • 15 credit hours of undergraduate public service coursework.
    • 45 total credit hours of upper-division (3000-level or higher) undergraduate coursework
    • A minimum of 36 credit hours of graduate-level (5000-level and above) coursework.
  • Students at the University are expected to maintain progress in their degree program, as defined by being in "good academic standing." Good academic standing requires minimally a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on all University of Colorado course work.
  • Students must earn a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in undergraduate public service courses.
  • Students must earn a B (3.0) or higher in each required core MPA course.
  • Full acceptance to the Graduate School and the Master of Public Administration program
  • Successful completion of Master of Public Administration capstone or thesis
  • Fulfillment of all college and major requirements

Students are eligible to receive the BA in Public Service (Administration) degree once they have successfully completed 120 semester hours and all CU Denver undergraduate degree requirements. The MPA will be conferred once the student has completed all requirements of the Master of Public Administration degree.

Admissions Requirements

View the admissions requirements for the School of Public Affairs.