The Master of Science in Public Service Management (PSM)
offers students a broad-based education with which they can pursue careers in
fundraising and philanthropy, health care administration, higher education
administration, metropolitan planning and urban affairs, non-profit
administration, association management and public policy.
While not required,
concentrations are available for students in the PSM program with specialized
interests and careers. There are three concentrations from which to
Health Care Administration. This concentration teaches students the
managerial and analytical skills necessary to understand and influence the
processes through which hospitals, associated health care organizations, and
public and private agencies provide health care in the United States.
Higher Education Administration. For managers in
post-secondary institutions of learning, this concentration teaches necessary
analytical and administrative skills. The coursework helps students develop an
understanding of management principles, policy analysis and research within
Metropolitan Planning and Urban Affairs. This concentration
provides students with a broad perspective on issues relating to land use,
transportation, housing, economic development and related social problems. It
instills an understanding of the institutional and analytical issues affecting
units of government, planning agencies and other urban public service
(Students can also pursue a standard concentration offered
online or on-site.)
To graduate, you must successfully complete a minimum of 52
credit hours of graduate credit. Each course carries four credit hours.
Electives account for 16 credit hours.
The length of time to complete the program varies. Some
students pursuing the degree full-time (two courses per quarter) finish in two
years. Others take one course a quarter and complete their program requirements
in three to four years. Students often switch between full and part time status
throughout their academic, dependent on their personal and professional duties.
There are currently 185 students enrolled in the MPS degree
The MS in MPS may also be
expanded to include select graduate certificate programs. 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
you're interested in a certificate combination with MPS, a separate application
process is required. Contact the program office for additional information.