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Leadership and Policy Studies (MS)

The Master of Science in Leadership and Policy Studies (LPS) combines management training with practical skills to develop the next generation of leaders in nonprofit and government sectors. Situated in the School of Public Service (SPS), the program emphasizes field-based learning.

We challenge our students to think critically about current issues and analyze policies that shape government and international relations. The program stresses:

  • Ethics
  • Problem-solving
  • Research skills
  • Public policy implementation

Real-World Experience

The LPS program blends in-depth study with practical experience to meet your professional goals. As a result, every course in the program integrates field study.

Program Highlights

Comparative outlook. Electives will allow you to compare policy issues in other cities through one- and two-week intensive courses.

Study abroad. You will be required to take at least one intensive course abroad. SPS offers programs in Columbia, Cuba, Ireland, Kenya and India. These unique one- to two-week study abroad trips allow both full-time and part-time students to participate.

Digital portfolio requirement. You will assemble an electronic portfolio for your area of specialization, featuring notable papers and projects. These portfolios, reviewed by a member of the faculty, provide an opportunity for you to demonstrate expertise and support your career goals.

Program Length

A minimum of 52 credit hours of graduate credit is required for degree completion. Each course carries four credit hours. Required core courses account for 44 credit hours and electives account for 8 credit hours.

Certificate Options

The MS in LPS may also be expanded to include select graduate certificates. The combined programs require either the completion of additional coursework or careful elective selection to fulfill all requirements. Certificates are available in:

  • Community Development
  • Metro Planning and Development

If you're interested in a certificate combination with LPS, a separate application process is required. Contact the program office for additional information.