The dual Bachelor of Arts in Public Service/Master of Public Administration degree allows high-performing students to earn both degrees in an accelerated timeframe, saving students both time and money. Students graduating with the dual BAPS/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 BAPS 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 BAPS/MPA degree program offered by the School of Public Affairs allows high-performing students to count 18 credit hours towards both the BAPS and the MPA degrees. Eligible students are those who have completed at least 75 credits with a minimum 3.5 GPA in the BAPS major and a 3.0 overall GPA, completed the undergraduate Core Curriculum, and who meet the other requirements listed below.
Admissions Requirements and Process
Interested students should contact their BAPS academic advisor as early as possible to ensure proper planning for the five year degree.
Please note: Acceptance into the dual BAPS/MPA program does not guarantee acceptance into the MPA program.
Both current CU Denver students and new transfer students are eligible to apply after meeting the following:
- Currently enrolled in the School of Public Affairs as a Bachelor of Arts in Public Service major
- Completed the University of Colorado Denver’s undergraduate core curriculum
- Completed 75 semester credit hours
- Completed the following 15 semester credit hours in Public Service:
- PUAD 1001 - Introduction to Public Service
- PUAD 2001 - Management for Public Service
- PUAD 3001 - Financial Management for Public Service
- PUAD 3002 - Program Design, Evaluation, and Decision-Making
- PUAD 4001 - Ethics and Public Service
- Transfer Public Service courses must have been approved and accepted toward the major
- Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
- Minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA in Public Service courses
- Completed or scheduled official GRE or LSAT exam
Students must apply no later than the semester in which they first earn 20 credits toward the BAPS degree, most likely the second semester of their junior year. For full consideration, students must submit all application materials by Oct. 15 for admission to the following spring semester and by March 15 for admission to the fall semester. The following steps should help in the application process:
- Plan ahead when scheduling courses through the junior year. The five required public service courses listed above and all of the student’s core education requirements must be completed by the end of the student’s junior year.
- At the beginning of the semester in which the student is applying to the program, the student should approach a School of Public Affairs faculty member about writing a letter of recommendation. The student should also begin working on a personal statement of purpose. The following guidelines should help with writing the statement.
- Length: 1 to 2 pages
- The statement should describe:
- Applicant’s reasons for undertaking graduate study in Public Administration
- Applicant’s future career plans
- Planned area of concentration, if any, within Public Administration
- By Oct 15 of the fall semester or March 15 of the spring semester the student must submit the following items to the undergraduate coordinator:
- Personal statement of purpose
- One letter of recommendation from a School of Public Affairs faculty member
- School of Public Affairs’ BAPS/MPA application form
- Official GRE or LSAT scores
Admission to the BAPS/MPA program is competitive. Applicants will be evaluated on the following:
- Grade point average (overall and in public service coursework)
- Grade trend (improving, consistent, or declining)
- Total number of credit hours completed
- Likelihood of success and persistence based from the Statement of Purpose and Reference Letter
- Official GRE or LSAT scores
Students who are not admitted to the BAPS/MPA program are eligible to reapply after completing an additional 12 semester credit hours. Students can apply and be considered for admission to the dual BAPS/MPA program a maximum of two times.
BAPS/MPA Program Matriculation
Students must successfully complete (B-, or better) a minimum of 3 semester credit hours of graduate public administration course work each semester following admission to the BAPS/MPA program. A maximum of 18 graduate semester credits can be completed as a BAPS/MPA student, for dual credit.
Students must maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average for all course work and a 3.5 grade point average for the BAPS major.
The School of Public Affairs reserves the right to rescind a BAPS/MPA student’s admittance to the dual program if at any point the students’ grade point average falls below the requirements listed above.
Tuition and Fees
Students will be assessed tuition and fees at the undergraduate rate until the Bachelor of Arts in Public Service degree is conferred.
Students will assess tuition and fees at the graduate level upon formal acceptance to the Masters of Public Administration program.
To earn a degree, students must satisfy all requirements in each of the three areas below, in addition to their individual major requirements.