Degree and its requirements under review, with changes to be made for academic year 2020-2021.

Our master's in public policy offers you the opportunity to explore the most challenging issues facing this nation and learn how to address them through policy solutions. You'll take courses in business, education, government, climate, social justice, communications and public affairs. We aim to provide you with job-ready skills that apply to high-impact careers throughout the public, private and non-profit sectors. 

In addition to offering an academic framework in policy, we help our students develop and maintain professional connections. We boast close affiliations with leading think tanks, such as the Brookings Institution, and with important political figures like former three-term Colorado Governor Richard D. Lamm and former United States Senator Hank Brown.

Graduates have pursued opportunities locally, nationally and internationally, working for the government, non-profit organizations and private businesses.

Great Issues Forums

The Great Issue Forums is a series of seminars focused on current issues. The topics rotate frequently, but past courses have focused on Immigration and Building a Sustainable Colorado.

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Featured Faculty


Richard Caldwell

Professor and Executive Director of Public Policy

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Lapo Salucci

Lapo Salucci

Teaching Associate Professor

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The Scrivner Institute of Public Policy

The Scrivner Institute of Public Policy is a center of conversation on the University of Denver campus and convenes frequent events, conferences and classes on matters of broad public interest. The institute supports the study of public policy at DU with increased faculty resources, policy-related research and student scholarships.

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