Minor in Public Administration

School of Public Affairs


Degree: Minor

Classroom Type: Online and on campus classes

The Minor in Public Administration 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.

Application​ deadlines

Fall: July 31; Spring: December 31; Summer: May 31

Program Details

Interest Categories: Criminology & Law Public Administration & Policy

Campus: CU Denver

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 Administration major, offered by the School of Public Affair:

  • PUAD 2001 - Management for Public Service (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 3001 - Financial Management for Public Service (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 3002 - Program Design, Evaluation, and Decision-Making (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 4001 - Ethics in Public Service (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 4002 - Leading for the Public Good (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 4003 - Effective Communication for Public Service (3 credit hours)

The remaining two courses (6 credit hours) must be upper-division Public Administration electives offered by the School of Public Affairs.

Max Transfer Credits:6

Max 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.

Required Credits for Completion:15 Credits

Admission Requirements

View the admissions requirements for the School of Public Affairs.