Dual Master of Public Administration - Master of Criminal Justice


The fields of public administration and criminal justice are closely connected. While the MPA is a generalist degree designed to prepare graduates for a variety of positions in administration and policy analysis, criminal justice studies prepare graduates to research and work in public service organizations within the substantive policy area. By providing an opportunity for students to complete both a generalist master's degree as well as a specialist master's degree, graduates will be equipped with administrative skills applicable to a number of public service settings and deep knowledge of work that pertains to criminal justice settings.

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; Spring: December 1; Summer: May 1

The Details

General requirements

Review CU Denver's Graduate Academic Policies.

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 6 required MPA courses below, for a total of 18 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 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)

In addition, students must complete the 3 required MCJ courses below, for a total of 9 credit hours.

  • CRJU 5001 - Criminal Justice Systems, Policies and Practice (3 credit hours)
  • CRJU 5002 - Criminological Theory (3 credit hours)
  • CRJU 5005 - Law and Society (3 credit hours)

In addition, students must complete the capstone course below, for a total of 3 credit hours.

  • PUAD 5361 - Capstone Seminar  (3 credit hours)

Also, student must fulfill the requirement below:

  • PUAD 5003 - Research and Analytic Methods (3 credit hours) -OR-
  • CRJU 5003 - Research Methods (3 credit hours) PLUS CRJU 5004 - Statistics for Criminal Justice (3 credit hours)

Elective courses

The remaining credits can be fulfilled by taking a combination of elective Public Administration and Criminal Justice courses. The elective courses must be approved by the program directors. All course descriptions can be found in the Graduate Academic Catalog.

Admissions Requirements

View the admissions requirements for the School of Public Affairs.