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

School of Public Affairs


Degree: BA/MPA

Clasroom Type: Online and on campus classes

This pathway program allows high-performing students to earn both the Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration 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.)

Program Details

Interest Categories: Criminology & Law Public Administration & Policy

Campus: CU Denver

Both the 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 BAPA/MPA degree program offered by the School of Public Affairs allows high-performing students to count 12 credit hours towards both the BAPA and the MPA degrees. Eligible students are those who have completed at least 75 credits with a minimum 3.5 GPA in the 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

  • Students must complete all CU Denver, School of Public Affairs, andPublic Administration degree requirements to earn their Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration degree. The Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration is conferred once students meets all degree requirements.
  • Students seek full admission to the Master of Public Administration program during their final semester as an undergraduate student. This application is different than the one used to apply for the pathway program. Students must receive a minimum of a B- grade in each required core MPA course, whether taken as an undergraduate or a graduate student.
  • Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA overall in all graduate-level courses.
  • In the MPA program students must successfully complete the MPA capstone or thesis.
  • Students must fulfill all college and major requirements.
  • The MPA will be conferred once the student has completed all requirements of the Master of Public Administration degree.
  • The School of Public Affairs reserves the right to rescind a BAPA/MPA student’s admittance to the pathway program if at any point the student’s grade point average falls below the requirements listed above.

Recommended Completion Time:5 Years

Max Transfer Credits:9

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:141 Credits

Admission Requirements

View the admissions requirements for the School of Public Affairs.

Application​ deadlines

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