Public Service, BA
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 BA in Public Service is the right degree for you.
The CU Denver School of Public Affairs values the experiences of those students already working in the public service sector. This is why our BA 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.
The Bachelor of Arts in Public Service from the University of Colorado Denver is exclusively offered in an online format and taught by the same award-winning faculty as the face-to-face classes at CU Denver School of Public Affairs the top-ranked public affairs school in Colorado and among the best in the nation.
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 BA 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.
Investing in your future is a big decision. However, becoming a fully online student at the University of Colorado is a high-quality and affordable option for learners of all types. Tuition and fees are based largely on the degree program you enroll in.
The tuition amount assessed is determined based on which University of Colorado campus, school, or college is offering your degree program, as well as if it is at the undergrad or graduate level, and finally your resident status. Visit our tuition and financial aid page for more information.
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. At least 12 of those 45 credit hours must be upper-division (3000-4000 level) courses.
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.
Full-time students can complete the program in as little as eight semesters, although you determine your own pace of completion.
Admission requirements and deadlines vary based on the program. In addition, you will have different requirements depending on if you are a first-time student, a transfer student or an international student.
Learn more about the admissions process by filling out the form above or contacting an Enrollment Navigator today.
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 BA in Public Service can lead to fulfilling careers, such as:
Courses at CU Denver are offered three times a year — fall, spring and summer. Not all courses are available every semester. For most programs, courses last 15 weeks, plus one week for finals. This is a big commitment, but we believe the extra time you spend dedicated to your studies pays off!
PUAD 1001 — Introduction to Public Service
PUAD 2001 — Management for Public Service
PUAD 3001 — Financial Management for Public Service