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

Master of Science in Public Service Management

Degree Chair: Ronald Fernandes, PhD​
The master of science in public service management at DePaul University offers students a broad-based education with which they can pursue careers in fund raising and philanthropy, health care administration, higher education administration, metropolitan planning and urban affairs, nonprofit administration, association management, and public policy. The degree offers three concentrations: health care administration, higher education administration and metropolitan planning and urban affairs. Students can also pursue a standard concentration (offered on-campus or online).

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

"The program was a great fit for me. I was able to build on my interest in urban planning and community development, while getting the practical skills necessary to run a public service organization. Then, the networking opportunities at DePaul opened doors into Chicago's community development world, leading to my current job. Just as important, I developed the closest and most rewarding friendships of my life." --  Christie Hahn, Executive Director, Business Partners, The Chamber for Uptown.

Admission Requirements

  •  A completed online application
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and/or universities attended
  • Two-page personal statement describing your educational and career goals, relevant work or volunteer experience, and any special circumstances affecting past or prospective academic performance
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Current students may visit Campus Connection for current course information. Prospective students may log on as a guest. Once on Campus Connection, please select Course Descriptions, followed by the department.​
There are currently 185 students enrolled in the MPS degree program. 

To graduate, a student must successfully complete a minimum of 52 credit hours of graduate credit. Each course carries four credit hours. Electives account for 16 credit hours.

How long does it typically take to complete the program?

Fifty-two 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, 26 percent graduated in 2 years, 45 percent graduated in 3 years and 65 percent graduated in 4 years.

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

  • ​Assistant Director
  • Business Director for Northwestern University Settlement Association
  • CEO & President
  • Director, Alumni Relations & Annual Funds
  • Registered Nurse
  • Compliance Supervisor 
  • Inform II instructor
  • Development Manager
  • Investment Associate
  • Wellness Administrative Coordinator
  • Claim Representative
  • Utility Specialist
  • Events Manager, External Affairs
  • Director of Advancement for Graduate Education
  • Team leader 
  • Associate Chaplain/Doctoral Candidate
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Assistant Director/Career Center
  • Program Manager
  • Director of Major Gifts
  • Account Manager
  • IT Project Manager
  • Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge (Supervisory Criminal Investigator)
  • Executive Administrator, Department of Orthopedic Surgery & Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Project Manager
  • Policy Analyst
  • Associate Director
  • Director of Training Services
  • Director of Communications
  • Director, Meetings and Conferences
  • Executive Assistant
  • Assistant Office Manager
  • Adjunct Instructor
  • Human Resources Project Manager
  • Development Director
  • Patrol sergeant
  • Manager of Program and Resource Development
  • Director of Volunteer Services
  • Director, Community Engagement 
  • Accounting Technician
  • Business Analyst
  • Senior Business Analyst
  • Internship at DePaul 
  • Senior Contract Compliance Professional
  • Management and Accreditation Analyst
  • Manager, Development
  • Director of Individual Giving
  • Director of Volunteer Relations
  • Manager, Diversity & Inclusion
  • Sociology Director/Faculty South Piedmont Community College
  • Manager of Communication and Advocacy
  • Foundation Relations Officer
  • Manager of Volunteer Services
  • Adult admissions representative
  • Branch Manager Librarian IV
  • Director of Development
  • Operations Supervisor
  • Grant and corporate relations manager
  • Planner intern for the City of Rowlett in Texas
  • Grant Writer
  • Director AccuQuest Hearing Centers
  • Underwriting assistant
  • Investigative Analyst
  • Director, Admission Operations and TeleServices Center
  • Manager, Marketing Planning - Online Marketing
  • Financial Manager 
  • Director, Foundation Relations
  • Assistant Director of Alumni Relations
  • Membership Director
  • Budget Director
  • Manager of Volunteers and Interns
  • Director
  • Manager, New & Interactive Media
  • Western Regional Manager
  • Safety professional
  • Director of Graduate Admissions
  • Coordinator for Mission Services
  • Department director 
  • College Coach​