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 choose:
- Emergency Management. It is a critical concern for the public, private and non-profit sectors. Both the conceptual and practical implementation sides of homeland security and emergency preparedness rest at the intersection of national defense, law enforcement, and emergency preparedness. This concentration will provide students with both theoretical and practical knowledge that will prepare them for private or public sector employment in the area of emergency preparedness for both security and non-security related incidents.
- 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 higher education.
- 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 institutions.
(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:
If you're interested in a certificate combination with MPS, a separate application process is required. Contact the program office for additional information.