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

School of Public Affairs

Overview

Degree: BA/MPA

Classroom 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.

Application deadlines


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


Program Details

Interest Categories: Criminology & Law Public Administration & Policy

Campus: CU Denver

The Pathways Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration (BAPA)/Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree allows high-performing students to earn both degrees in an accelerated time frame, saving students both time and money. Students graduating with the Pathway BAPA/MPA degree are prepared for leadership and management roles in public service, including local, state, and federal governmental agencies and in nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations. Both the BAPA and the MPA degrees are offered 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 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 grade point average (GPA) in the BAPA major and a 3.0 overall GPA, completed the undergraduate Core Curriculum, and who meet the other requirements listed below.

Students are eligible to receive the BAPA degree once they have successfully completed 120 semester hours and all CU Denver undergraduate degree requirements. The MPA will be conferred once the student has completed all requirements of the MPA degree.

General requirements

To earn the degree, students must satisfy all requirements in each of the areas below, in addition to their individual major requirements.

Review CU Denver's Undergraduate Academic Policies.
Review CU Denver's Graduate Academic Policies.

Pathways Application

Both current CU Denver BAPA majors and new transfer students are eligible to apply to the Pathways BAPA/MPA program after meeting the following criteria:

  • Currently enrolled in the School of Public Affairs as an undergraduate Public Administration major
  • Completed the University of Colorado Denver’s undergraduate core curriculum
  • Completed at least 75 undergraduate credit hours
  • Completed the following 15 credit hours in Public Administration or have a plan on when they will take each class:
    • PUAD 1001 Introduction to Leadership and Public Service (3 credit hours)
    • 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)
  • All transfer courses must have been approved and accepted towards the major and degree at the time of application
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA in the Public Administration major

Students do not apply for the Pathways program at the time of application to CU Denver. Students will work with their assigned undergraduate academic advisor to apply for the Pathways program after they have already matriculated to the university and have met the stated criteria.

BAPA/MPA Program Matriculation

After a student is admitted to the Pathways BAPA/MPA program, they will work with their assigned undergraduate academic advisor to enroll in MPA-level courses each semester. Students can complete up to 6 credit hours of MPA coursework each semester as an undergraduate and a maximum of 12 graduate semester credits can be completed as an undergraduate BAPA/MPA student overall. Students will continue to take undergraduate coursework while also completing graduate-level coursework.
 
Students in the Pathways BAPA/MPA program may be eligible to complete the MPA-level internship only after successfully passing two MPA-level courses. The MPA-level internship may fulfill both the BAPA and MPA internship requirement. The BAPA-level internship will not fulfill the MPA-level internship. Students must maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA for all course work and a 3.5 GPA for the BAPA major.

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.