University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs welcomes qualified applicants from diverse backgrounds and life experiences to apply for admission to our degree and non-degree programs in Criminal Justice and Public Affairs. Listed below are the admission requirements and application processes for our programs. 

If you have any questions about our programs and the application process, please contact Rebecca Gianarkis, Recruiting and Admissions Coordinator, at 303-315-2560 or

Admission requirements by program:

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Spring 2021 application deadlines:

Dec 1, 2020

Deadline to apply for admission to master's programs:

  • Master of Criminal Justice
  • Master of PublicPublic Administration
  • Dual-master's degree program with the MCJ or MPA

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Dec 31, 2020

Deadline to apply for admission to bachelor's programs:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Arts in Public Service

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Jan 1, 2021

Deadline to apply for admission to certificate programs:

  • Undergraduate Certificate in Law Enforcement
  • Undergraduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management
  • Undergraduate Certificate in Victims and Victim Services
  • Graduate Certificate in Crime Analysis
  • Graduate Certificate in Disasters, Hazards and Emergency Management
  • Graduate Certificate in Education Policy
  • Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management and Homeland Security
  • Graduate Certificate in Environmental Policy and Management
  • Graduate Certificate in Gender-Based Violence
  • Graduate Certificate in Local Government
  • Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management
  • Graduate Certificate in Public Policy Analysis

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