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BA/MPA Public Administration

University of Colorado 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.

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:
Course List
PUAD 1001Why You Should Care About Government: Public Service and Administration3
PUAD 2001Management for Public Service3
PUAD 3001Project Management and Program Evaluation3
PUAD 3002Organizational and Strategic Management3
PUAD 4000Human Resources and Ethics in Public Service3
Total Hours15
  • 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.

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$27,970 Per Year

International student tuition fee

5 years


Jun 2024

Start Month

May 2024

Application Deadline

Upcoming Intakes

  • August 2024
  • June 2024
  • August 2025
  • January 2025

Mode of Study

  • Full Time