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Master of Science in International Public Service

Degree Chair Ramya Ramanath, PhD​


The Master of Science in International Public Service (MS-IPS) educates professionals to the field of international development and global humanitarian affairs. It provides the essential competencies and skills for managing international projects and leading international nongovernmental organizations. The curriculum offers a balanced education in international leadership (ethical, theoretical and practical), project management (for organizations, sectors, institutions) and evaluation (assessment, monitoring and impact analysis). Through study abroad programs, international internships and applied research projects with nongovernmental and intergovernmental organizations, the IPS degree is required for a professional career in international development. There are three specialization tracks available: general, sustainable development management, and global policy analysis.

See more information about this degree on the University Catalog:​

Degree Requirements
Specialization Requirements

The MS-IPS program is designed for young and mid-level career professionals and students with a background in development studies, international studies, foreign languages, sociology, anthropology, political science, public policy or other general and specialized undergraduate majors relevant to a career in international development and global policy analysis. 

The reviews of the applications carefully consider the candidates academic background, career perspectives, international experience and interests, language capacity and other professional experiences. Completed applications require the following documentation: 

  1. ​A completed DePaul online application;
  2. Official transcripts from all colleges and/or universities attended; 
  3. A two-page personal statement describing your educational and career goals in relation to international public service. You should also highlight your relevant international or intercultural work or volunteer experience. Please clarify any special circumstances affecting past or prospective academic performance; 
  4. Current resume or curriculum vitae

How long does it typically take to complete the program?

52 credit hours are required to complete the program. The length of time varies according to student need. Some students pursuing the degree full-time (2 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 careers at SPS, dependent on their personal and professional duties.
In 2013, the most recent year in which graduation rates were reported to NASPAA, for the cohort of students that began their MPA degree five years earlier, 29% graduated in two years, 55% graduated in three years and 71% graduated in four years.

Based on our 2013 IPS survey, here is a list of current or most recent job titles our graduates held:

  • ​International Facilitator
  • Communications Officer
  • Regional Grants Officer - Asia
  • Special Assistant, Office of Citizenship, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland 
  • ecurity
  • Program Officer
  • Inclusive Development Advisor
  • Kindergarten Teacher
  • Program Development Coordinator
  • Social Media Specialist
  • Associate Director
  • Client Service Associate
  • Fundraising and New Business Manager
  • Program director
  • Project Manager
  • Service & Justice Coordinator 
  • Dean of Student Affairs
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Research Project Manager
  • Case Manager
  • Presidential Campaign Organizer
  • Associate Director, Global Initiatives
  • Accreditation Facilitator
  • Department Director of Stabilization Services
  • Global Energy
  • Program Manager
  • Associate Director of Admissions
  • Research assistant, program development officer
  • Development Manager
  • Housing Policy Analyst
  • Contracting Officer
  • Employment Counselor for World Relief
  • Director, Legal Services and Client Data Systems