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​
Description:
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).

Mission: 
The M.S. in Public Service Management degree educates ethical leaders to work in public, private, and nonprofit organizations. Through our cross-sector approach to learning, research, and service we prepare leaders to connect domestic and global issues, alleviate poverty, and build responsive and responsible service organizations. We promote compassion for marginalized communities and service to all people with accountability, justice, professionalism, sensitivity, and transparency.​

See more information about this degree on the University Catalog:
Overview
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 88 students enrolled in the MPS degree program for Summer term 2015 and 105 for Spring 2014-2015. 

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 2014, the most recent year in which graduation rates were reported to NASPAA, for the cohort of students that began their MPS degree five years earlier, 24 percent graduated in 2 years, 42 percent graduated in 3 years and 60 percent graduated in 4 years.

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

  • ​​Program Manager
  • Wealth Management
  • Membership Director, YMCA
  • Care Provider, Nonprofit Jewish Home
  • Director, Meetings and Conferences Department
  • Business Development and Planning
  • Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc.
  • Quality Management Coordinator, Human Rights Organization
  • Assistant to the Vice President for Planning and Presidential Administration
  • Legal Public Interest
  • Director, Center for Continuing Medical Education
  • Manager of Development and Communications
  • Project Coordinator, Hospital Operations
  • University Events Manager
  • Housing Assignments Coordinator
  • Market Research, Healthcare
  • University Data Analyst Production Manager
  • Regional Director
  • Membership Specialist, Healthcare
  • Legislation Analyst
  • ent Specialist
  • Government Relations Grant Developer
  • Patient Services Supervisor
  • Vice President of Advancement, Nonprofit
  • Assistant Director for the Department of Anesthesiology
  • Director, Office for Vincentian Identity and Mission
  • Management Assistant I, Strategic Planning and Intergovernmental Relations
  • Advancement, Office of Alumni Relations Assistant Director
  • Research and Program Administration, Healthcare
  • Strategic Initiatives Manager, Museum
  • Passenger Services Manager, Africa
  • Midwest Regional Development Officer
  • Workforce Partnership Trainer
  • Operations Manager, Africa, Asia, Middle East
  • Senior Product Development Consultant, Healthcare
  • Compliance Officer, City of Chicago Office of Inspector General 
  • Northeast Illinois Regional Commuter Railroad Corporation
  • Institutional Advancement, Museum
  • Fundraising Coordinator, Northern Illinois District
  • International Donor Relationship Coordinator
  • Conference Coordinator, IL Legislative Latino Caucus Foundation
  • Program Assistant, Center for Teaching and Learning
  • Development Director
  • US Environmental Protection Agency Section Chief
  • Program Manager, Department of Aging and Disability Services
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​​​MPS Degree Program Employment Statistics  2013-2014​
National or central government  in the same country as the program​ ​0
State, provincial or regional government  in the same country as the program​ ​3
City, County, or other local government  in the same country as the program​ ​4
Foreign government  (all levels) or international quasi-governmental​ ​0
Nonprofit domestic-oriented​ ​44
Nonprofit/NGOs internationally-oriented​ ​3
Private Sector - Research/Consulting​ ​15
Military​ ​0
Obtaining further education​ ​2
Unemployed seeking employment​ ​9
Unemployed not seeking employment​
Status Unknown​ ​0
Total Number of Graduates​ ​83

Degree Graduation Rates

​​ Initially Enrolled​ Graduated within Degree Program Length​ Graduate in 150% of Degree Program Length​ ​Graduated in 200% of Degree Program Length
​Total Number of Students Enrolled in 2009-2010 Cohort 93​ 24​ 42​ 60​