Minor in Public Administration


A minor in Public Administration (previously known as Public Service) will provide needed competencies to a generation looking for meaningful work consistent with their social values. Public Administration courses provide students with the skills and content knowledge to work in public, private and nonprofit sectors, and the emerging fourth sector, blending social and environmental concerns with business approaches.

The Program at a Glance

School: School of Public Affairs Campus: CU Denver Classroom: Online and on campus classes Credits required for completion: 15 Maximum transfer credits: 6 Maximum credits per year: In most cases, students wishing to take more than 18 credit hours per semester (12 in the summer session) must have the overload approved by the dean. Application deadline: Fall: July 31; Spring: December 31; Summer: May 31

The Details

This minor is particularly useful for students majoring in substantive areas (such as environmental studies, education and human development, and criminal justice) who plan on applying their expertise in public service organizations, such as governmental agencies or nonprofit organizations.

Program requirements

  • A minor in Public Administration requires 15 credit hours of course work.
  • A maximum of 6 transfer credits may be applied to the minor.
  • Electives must be taken from outside the student's major.

Required courses

Students must complete the required course below, totaling 3 credit hours. All course descriptions can be found in the Undergraduate Academic Catalog.

  • PUAD 1001 - Introduction to Leadership and Public Service (3 credit hours)

Elective courses

In addition to the required course listed above, students must complete 12 credit hours of elective courses. Two courses (6 credit hours) must be core required courses for the Public Service major, offered by the School of Public Affair. The remaining two courses (6 credit hours) must be upper-division Public Administration electives offered by the School of Public Affairs.

Admissions Requirements

View the admissions requirements for the School of Public Affairs.