School of Public Service

Master of Science in Public Service Management

Degree Chair: William Calzaretta, Ph.D.

Program 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).

"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

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Program Profile
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?
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, 26% graduated in 2 years, 45% graduated in 3 years and 65% graduated in 4 years.

Required Courses (36 credit hours)
MPS 500 Introduction to Public Service Management
MPS 501 Cross Sector Analysis

MPS 514 Government Financial Administration
MPS 515 Nonprofit Financial Administration
MPS 541 Economic Foundations

MPS 522 Human Resource Management
MPS 542 Policy Design and Analysis (pre-requisites: MPS 501 & MPS 514 or MPS 515 or MPS 541)

Research Requirement: Choose one of the following sequences.
Research Sequence for Policy Based Research:
MPS 586 Research Methods I, Introduction to Applied Research and Statistics (pre-requisites: MPS 501 & MPS 514 or MPS 515 or MPS 541)
MPS 587 Research Methods II, Advanced Applied Research and Statistics (pre-requisites: MPS 586)
Research Sequence for Management Based Research:
MPS 588 Introduction to Research and Statistics for Management  (pre-requisites: MPS 501 & MPS 514 or MPS 515 or MPS 541)
MPS 589 Advanced Research Methods and Statistics for Management (pre-requisites: MPS 588)

MPS 593 Integrative Seminar (pre-requisites: MPS 586 & MPS 587 OR MPS 588 & MPS 589)
MPS 594 Ethical Leadership in Public Service (pre-requisites: MPS 586 & MPS 587 OR MPS 588 & MPS 589)

Elective Courses
(16 credit hours)
Students choose from among more than 60 courses based on their professional goals and personal interests. If warranted by special needs or interests, students may take up to two elective courses in other departments of the university. Permission of the director is required before registration for such courses.

Thesis Option
MPS 598 Thesis Research
Students with a grade point average of 3.5 or above may choose the thesis option and replace MPS 593 with MPS 598.

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

Director of Development
Village Planner
Director of Operations and Special Projects
Community Planning and Development Representative
Legal Program Analyst
Director of State Government Affairs
Director of Foundation Relations
Head JV Lacrosse Coach - St Charles North High School
Director of Human Resources and Corporate Compliance Officer
Graduate Student
Finance Coordinator
Director of Student Academic Services
Research Project Manager
Project Manager
Director of community outreach
Health Planner
Academic counselor/Project Coordinator/Director
Director of Institutional Giving
Tactical Analyst
Grant Writer
Operations Manager
Federal Representative for the State of Nebraska
Vice President
Coordinator of Training and Development
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
Manager, New & Interactive Media
Western Regional Manager
Safety professional
Director of Graduate Admissions
Coordinator for Mission Services
Department director
College Coach