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
We challenge our students to
think critically about current issues and analyze policies that shape
government and international relations. The program stresses:
- Research skills
- Public policy
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.
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.
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.
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:
- Metro Planning
If you're interested in a
certificate combination with LPS, a separate application process is required.
Contact the program office for additional information.