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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.

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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 2 years, 55% graduated in 3 years and 71% graduated in 4 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 Security
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