School of Public Affairs at University of Colorado - Denver

Why you should consider this program

U.S. News & World Report ranks the CU Denver School of Public Affairs as a top public affairs school in Colorado, and among the best in the nation. We combine world-class faculty with an urban setting that creates opportunities for experiential learning, rigorous programs and flexible schedules. Since 2007, the CU Denver School of Public Affairs has helped advance the Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows Program. The School of Public Affairs at CU Denver offers a competitive fellowship to students who have successfully served in the Peace Corps. Our commitment to selected students is to provide up to two years of tuition assistance as well as a paid internship with a community agency. 

Our Coverdell Fellows Alumni can be found in diverse public service professions. They are making an impact as federal employees in land management, emergency management, and in accountability offices. They are making a difference at the state level in areas of public health, regulatory affairs, and education policy. On the local level, they are nonprofit directors, urban planners, city managers, and human services professionals. Internationally they are working with progressive NGOs as program administrators, advocates, and ultimately as change agents.

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 28,000 $ 6,500 $ 21,500
Out of state $ 28,000 $ 6,500 $ 21,500
* Net cost is equal to tuition/fees minus fellowship value. For some universities, the fellowship value includes non-tuition/fee benefits such as health insurance or housing—see the first point below for more details.

Where the cost savings value of the Coverdell Fellowship comes from

The biggest value for Fellows is with our 1 year accelerated MPA program. The program offers a flat tuition and fees rate regardless of residency status. Funding comes from a $3,000 tuition scholarship and placement in a paid internship that amounts to approximately $3,500.

Fellowships awarded per year (average)

2

Other benefits or opportunities

Advanced consideration for Dean's Public Service and Leadership Scholarship (valued at $1,000 / year). Advanced consideration for part time office assistance positions at the School of Public Affairs.

Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 12,000

Application fee waived?

Yes

Internship

Fellows are offered significant assistance in securing part time paid internship based on the Fellows interests, goals, and qualifications. Fellows complete an internship for a minimally 32 weeks at minimally 10 hours per week. Fellows earn a minimum of $3,200 each year. Fellows have served internships in variety of areas including but not limited to: 

  • Education policy and access
  • Human services
  • Environmental policy
  • Food safety
  • Housing
  • Social justice
  • Civil rights 

Recent Fellow hosts have included 

  • Warren Village, Denver (providing services for low income single family homes)
  • Home Builders Foundation Denver (providing accessibility solutions and home modifications for individuals with disabilities and financial)
  • Generation Schools Network (a nonprofit that takes a cost conscious and sustainable approach to transform public school performance)

Jobs for program alumni

  • Social Insurance Specialist, Social Security Administration. Denver, CO
  • Presidential Management Fellow, FEMA. Washington D.C. 
  • Support Services Specialist at U.S. Forest Service. Denver, CO. 
  • Disaster Program Manager, Red Cross. Mohawk Valley, New York. 
  • Town Planner, Town of Avon. Avon, CO. 
  • Senior Manager for Social Responsibility. Newmont Mining Corporation. Denver, CO. 
  • Evaluation Specialist, The Evaluation Center. Denver, CO. 
  • Mentoring Program Facilitator, Goodwill Industries of Denver. Denver, CO.

Other details

Program length

1 -3 years.

Application requirements

2 Sets of bachelor degree transcripts. Minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA GRE, LSAT, or GMAT. Minimum scores 50th percentile 3 letters of recommendation Resume Admission Essay

Admissions process

Select to pay application fee 'by check.' Follow up with an email to [email protected] with a copy of your service record and request the application fee waiver. Submit application materials as they become available. Admissions are rolling with decisions delivered approximately 30 days after all materials are received. Apply for scholarships by March 1 for fall award consideration.

Program begins

Late August, Late January, Early June

Non-traditional options

  • Online degree program
  • Low residency or distance learning
  • Option to pursue degree part time while receiving the Coverdell Fellowship

Classes are available for Peace Corps Fellows to complete on campus during the early evening; online; or through day time intensive course delivery through our accelerated MPA program.

Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started

2007


Contact

Christine Martell, Professor

Address
1380 Lawrence Street, Suite 500
Denver, Colorado 80217