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Graduate Programs

A Practical Distinction

While each of our master's degrees has a distinct focus, all share a few attributes: enthusiastic students who share their ideas in dynamic classroom discussions; an interdisciplinary faculty that make the curriculum particularly fresh and relevant; and—perhaps most important—a mission-driven purpose to make the world a better place.

We’re flexible in program delivery—always innovating to meet the needs of our students, most of whom are working adults. We offer classes in the morning, or evening at our convenient Loop Campus. Study-abroad courses typically begin with one or two classes in Chicago followed by a one-week intensive program in the host country.

But our program is distinctive in requiring students from both possible public service career paths—nonprofit and government—to take core classes together. In this way, our graduates tend to be highly successful in the real world of collaborative work.

We provide the following degrees:

Degree Requirements: Successful completion of a minimum of 52 quarter hours of graduate credit. Each course carries four credit hours.

The School of Public Service also oversees the following certificates:

Certificate Requirements: These certificates can be paired with any of our degrees and a student can apply their educational loans to the courses.  Certificates are awarded when a student completes eligible graduate-level courses and participates in a non-credit research colloquium. Each participant of the colloquium makes a presentation before a small group of students and faculty members.

Descriptions of all classes can be found in the DePaul University Course Catalog.

Our students develop deep and strong credentials in specific areas of interest—degrees, concentrations or certificates—or by choosing among 60 elective classes. All programs and courses focus on practical applications—taught by faculty with career experience in their fields. We also identify international themes for each degree and use cases and examples from around the world in each course.

"I was seeking a program with a focus on people and service, not numbers and research. Everything about DePaul — its Vincentian values, the faculty, and students — blends together in the best possible ways. I could not have made a better choice in a graduate degree program.”

— Charles J. Szoke, Executive Director, Channahon Park District, Channahon, Illinois​