Mar 01, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

School of Public Affairs

Table of Contents:

Contact Us Faculty
Complete Course List Application Deadlines
Degree Programs Academic Policies

CU Denver School of Public Affairs

Dean: Paul Teske
Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs: Tanya Heikkila
Associate Dean for Student Affairs: Kelly Hupfeld       
Assistant Dean of Administration and Finance: Kathy Kilpatrick

Lead. Solve. Change.

About the School of Public Affairs

The nationally-ranked School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver prepares leaders for government, nonprofit and criminal justice professions. Driven by a public service mission, our students are committed to solving pressing public problems and improving their communities for the better. School of Public Affairs graduates work as legislators, policy analysts, nonprofit leaders, law enforcement professionals, local government managers, community advocates, university faculty and administrators, and in many other fields and professions, linked by the common goal of contributing to the greater good.

The School of Public Affairs offers degree programs with optional concentrations, as well as minors and undergraduate and graduate certificate programs. All of our programs are committed to developing the rigorous and ethical thinking necessary for public service professionals. Courses integrate theoretical knowledge with the real-world application of important skills, and students frequently have the opportunity to work on behalf of government agencies and nonprofit organizations. Programs are offered in a variety of formats to accommodate both full-time students and working professionals, all taught by the same highly-regarded faculty. The size of the school means that all students can receive individualized advising and attention, and students and alumni benefit from in-house career and alumni services.

Contact Us

General Inquiries: 303-315-2228

Visit us at:  

University of Colorado Denver
School of Public Affairs

Lawrence Street. Center
1380 Lawrence Street, Suite 500
Denver, CO 80204

Mailing Address:
University of Colorado Denver
School of Public Affairs
Campus Box 142
P.O. Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364

Prospective Students

Rebecca Gianarkis, Recruiting and Admission Coordinator

Academic Advisors  

Graduate Students Last Name A-L:

Dawn Savage, Advisor and Academic Services Manager

Graduate Students Last Name M-Z:

Antoinette Sandoval, Student Services Coordinator

International Graduate Students Last Name A-Z:

Scott Steinbrecher, Coordinator of International Student Programs


Application Deadlines

Applications for admission are accepted for the fall, spring and summer terms for most programs. For the latest application deadlines, visit the School of Public Affairs’ admission web page.

Complete Course List

View the complete course list  for the School of Public Affairs.


To learn more about our renowned faculty, please view their bios on the School of Public Affairs website.

Academic Policies

To view the Academic policies which apply to all students at CU Denver, please visit the Office of the Registrar website as well as the Academic Policies and University Policies sections of the catalog. 

Degree Programs


Bachelor of Arts/Master of Criminal Justice

Bachelor of Arts/Master of Public Administration


Doctor of Philosophy

Master of Criminal Justice

Master of Public Administration

Master of Public Administration/Dual Degree