Dual Master of Public Administration - Master of Arts in Economics

MA MPA

The School of Public Affairs and the Department of Economics of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences jointly sponsor the dual Master of Arts in Economics/Master of Public Administration degree program. The dual degree program provides students to opportunity to take the core of both programs and choose electives that suit their career and personal goals. Electives in one program are allowed to count as an elective in the other. The net result is that while both degrees separately require 66 hours, the dual degree program provides a more comprehensive and effective education in 48 hours, or 73 percent of the dual degree total.

The Program at a Glance

School: School of Public Affairs Campus: CU Denver Classroom: Online and on campus classes Credits required for completion: 48 Maximum transfer credits: 6 Application deadline: Fall: August 1, 2019; Spring: December 1, 2020; Summer: May 1, 2020

The Details

The fields of public administration and economics are inextricably linked. Economists provide much of the theory and analytic foundation that administrators use to evaluate and implement policy. Given that the capitol of Colorado is in Denver, there is great need for administrators that fully understand methods of program evaluation and that have the theoretical background needed to forecast how individuals and institutions will respond to new proposals. Similarly, good theory and practice must consider how the proposals will be implemented and results interpreted. Both administrators and economists need to be engaged in constructive dialog for either to be fully effective.

General requirements

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Program requirements

  • The dual degree program requires 48 credit hours of graduate coursework.
  • A maximum of 6 transfer credit hours may be applied to the degree requirements.
  • 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.

Required courses

Students must complete the 11 required courses below, for a total of 33 credit hours. All course descriptions can be found in the Graduate Academic Catalog.

  • PUAD 5001 - Introduction to Public Administration and Public Service (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 5002 - Organizational Management and Behavior (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 5003 - Research and Analytic Methods (3 credits) -OR- PUAD 5004 - Economics and Public Finance (3 credit hours) -OR- PUAD 5503 - Public Budgeting and Finance (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 5005 - The Policy Process and Democracy (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 5006 - Public Service Leadership and Ethics (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 5008 - Evidence-Based Decision-Making (3 credit hours)
  • ECON 5073 - Microeconomic Theory (3 credit hours)
  • ECON 5083 - Macroeconomic Theory (3 credit hours)
  • ECON 5803 - Mathematical Economics (3 credit hours)
  • ECON 5813 - Econometrics I (3 credit hours)
  • ECON 5823 - Econometrics II (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 5361 - Capstone Seminar -OR- ECON 6073 - Research Seminar (3 credit hours)

Elective courses

In addition to the required courses, students must complete 12 credit hours of elective courses.

If students choose PUAD 5361, then they are required to take 6 credit hours of economics electives and 6 credit hours of graduate electives (5000-level or higher) from the School of Public Affairs.

If students choose ECON 6073, then they are required to take 3 credit hours of economics electives and 9 credit hours of graduate electives (5000-level or higher) from the School of Public Affairs. Elective courses must be approved by the program directors.

All course descriptions can be found in the Graduate Academic Catalog.

Admissions Requirements

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