DePaul University College of LAS > Departments > School of Public Service > Graduate Programs > International Public Service (MS)

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. 

See more information about this degree on the University Catalog:
Degree Requirements

Admission 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, 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

Foreign Language P​​roficiency:

Students entering the International Public Service (IPS) degree in Fall 2015 and beyond are not required to demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language as a graduation requirement. However, please note that a second language is critical to helping your resume stand out and for constructing an effective career in IPS. Therefore all IPS students are strongly encouraged to build and demonstrate their proficiency in at least one other language appropriate to the applicant’s field or geographical interests.​​

Faculty Committee:

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 2014, the most recent year in which graduation rates were reported to NASPAA, for the cohort of students that began their IPS degree five years earlier, 16 percent graduated in 2 years, 60 percent graduated in 3 years and 69 percent graduated in 4 years.​​

Based on our 2014 IPS survey, here is a list of current or most recent job titles our graduates held:

  • International Education Credential Evaluator
  • Lions Clubs International Program Development Coordinator
  • Regional Grant Officer for South America
  • Service & Justice Coordinator
  • Lead Communications Specialist
  • Accreditation Facilitator, Continuing Pharmacy Education Programs
  • Pre-K Assessor for Chicago Public Schools
  • Research Associate
  • NGO Regional Project Manager
  • Sales, Marketing and Press Manager, International Film Nonprofit
  • Annual Giving Coordinator
  • Manager of Institutional Research
  • Auditing and Monitoring Specialist
  • University Development Associate
  • Refugee Case Manager
  • Resource Development Coordinator
  • Sales Associate, Fair Trade Organization
  • Liaison for U.S. Defense Attaché Office
  • International Organization for Migration​