SCHOOL OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS
CU Denver’s fully online Bachelor of Arts in Public Service program is targeted to students who are committed to serving their communities and the wider public through leadership in nonprofit management, all levels of government, emergency services, emergency management and homeland security. The award-winning faculty of CU Denver School of Public Affairs — the top ranked public affairs school in Colorado and among the best in the nation — will prepare you with the knowledge and skills to make an impact on public policy and public administration.
The public service sector comprises nearly one quarter of the jobs market, and an aging workforce means that the demand for public service workers will only increase in the coming years. If you are ready to make a lasting impact on your community, the online B.A. in Public Service is the right degree for you.
A total of 120 credits must be completed to earn the degree — 45 credits in the Public Service major and 75 credits of CU Denver required core and elective courses.
CU Denver School of Public Affairs values the experiences of those students already working in the public service sector. This is why our B.A. in Public Service is one of the first degrees in the nation to apply Career and Technical Education Credits (CTE credits) toward your degree. Students working in public service professions (e.g., EMT, police, fire fighting, etc.) may be eligible to receive earned credits that can be applied toward your degree requirements.
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Whether you’re an undergraduate student, a public service professional looking to advance in your career or a professional seeking a career change, the online B.A. in Public Service will prepare you with the communication skills, ethical decision-making, cultural awareness and other competencies needed to excel in your public service career.
Choose between a nonprofit management specialization or a focus on preparing for a career in local, state or federal government. Students whose focus is nonprofit management have the opportunity to earn a Certified Nonprofit Professional certification through our partnership with the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. This certification will distinguish you from other candidates through priority consideration for positions in the nonprofit sector.
Investing in your future is a big decision. However, becoming a fully online student at CU Denver is an affordable option with discounted tuition rates for non resident, fully online students. And of course, you will save money not having to drive to campus!
Tuition and fees are based largely on the class that you enroll in. Tuition amount assessed is determined based on which school/college is offering your class, as well as if it is an undergrad or graduate level, and finally your resident status. Visit our tuition and financial aid page.
Financial aid and scholarships are available for those who qualify.
The Bachelor of Arts in Public Service requires a total of 120 credits, including 45 credits earned in the major. The credits are comprised of:
These credits can be offset by your professional work experience in public service through an internship waiver. Eligibility for the waiver is determined by your BA in Public Service Academic Advisor and the Program Director.
At least 12 of the 45 hours must be upper-division (3000-4000 level) courses.
Full-time students can complete the program in as little as eight semesters, although you determine your own pace of completion. Here is a sample course load for a full-time student completing the program in eight semesters.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor estimates that the government and nonprofit sectors make up approximately 25% of all jobs in the U.S., with 30% of all government employees currently eligible to retire. This growing demand for public sector workers coupled with an aging workforce means that a degree in public service is in high demand!
The B.A. in Public Service can lead to fulfilling careers such as those listed below:
PUAD 1001 - Introduction to Public Service
Introduces key elements of public service in governmental, nonprofit, and nongovernmental organizations, including their roles in a market based economy and democratic society. Students explore their own values and pathways to promoting the public good, including possible public service careers.
PUAD 2001 - Management for Public Service
Learn how managers in public sector organizations foster human capital and manage performance in a diverse, inclusive and collaborative workforce. Examine strategic management techniques, human resource law and procedures. Explore the values of character and competence in creating effective organizations.
PUAD 3001 - Financial Management for Public Service
Explore topics in public financial management including budget preparation, monitoring and reporting. Learn how to build public service capacity through sound fiscal discipline and equitable allocation of resources for the public good.