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DePaul’s School of Public Service degree programs educate ethical leaders to work in local, state and federal government. Through our cross-sector approach to learning, research and service, we help government leaders to connect domestic and global issues, alleviate poverty and build responsive government. We promote compassion for marginalized com​munities and service to all people with accountability, justice, professionalism, sensitivity and transparency.​

The School of Public Service holds official NASPAA accreditation for three of our degrees:

Our Master of Public Administration program was accredited in 2012.

Mission: The Master in Public Administration (MPA) degree prepares students for leadership and administrative roles in the public sector. We educate students on the technical, managerial, informational, and leadership skills required to deliver effective, accountable, and equitable government services to the public. We promote compassion for marginalized communities and service to all people with a focus on social justice, professionalism, cultural sensitivity, and transparency.

Degree Chair: Nick Kachiroubas, PhD

Faculty Committee 2018-2019:

  • Robert Stokes
  • Euan Hague
  • Joseph Schwieterman
  • Ken Rose
  • Lisa Saye
  • Nick Kachiroubas
  • Jamie Nolan

Graduation Rates for 2015 School of Public Service Cohort by Program
Public Administration — On Campus

  • 2 years — 42%
  • 3 years — 57%
  • 4 years — 70%

Graduation Rates for 2015 School of Public Service Cohort by Program
Public Administration — Online

  • 2 years — 25%
  • 3 years — 37%
  • 4 years — 62%

Employment of 2017 SPS Graduates by program and sector
Public Administration
(Total Number of Graduates — 29)

  • Nonprofit, domestic oriented — 2
  • Private sector — 4
  • City, County or local government — 2
  • State or regional government — 1
  • National or central government — 1
  • Unemployed, seeking employment — 2
  • Unknown — 17

Recent (2017-19) internship placements for MPA students:

  • Village of Green Oaks
  • Civic Federation
  • City of Chicago Planning Division - Historic Preservation
  • State Senator LightfordK
  • Juliana Stratton, Illinois District 5 State Representative/Dep Governor of Illinois
  • Metropolitan Planning Council of Chicago
  • City of Chicago - Department of Procurement Services
  • Illinois State Senator Laura Murphy
  • Village of Oak Park/Illinois Partners for Human Service
  • Village of Glenview - Economic Development

Learn more about our Master of Public Administration.

Our Master of Public Policy program was accredited in 2017.

Mission: The Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree prepares students to conduct and communicate public policy analysis with an emphasis on analytic skill building, community advocacy and ethical leadership development. We promote compassion for marginalized communities and service to all with sensitivity, professionalism, accountability, transparency, and justice.

Degree Chair: Robert Stokes, PhD

Faculty Committee 2019-2020:

  • Euan Hague
  • Danielle Vance-McMullen
  • Joseph Schwieterman
  • Ken Rose
  • Robert Stokes

Graduation Rates for 2015 School of Public Service Cohort by Program
Public Policy (formerly Leadership and Policy Studies)

  • 2 years — 44%
  • 3 years — 55%
  • 4 years — 77%

Employment of 2017 School of Public Service Graduates by program and sector
Public Policy (formerly Leadership and Policy Studies)
Total Number of Graduates — 7

  • National or central government — 1
  • Nonprofit, domestic oriented — 1
  • Unemployed (seeking employment) — 1
  • Unknown — 4

Learn more about our Master of Public Policy.

Our Master of Science in Public Service Management program was accredited in 2009.

Mission: The MS in Public Service Management degree educates ethical leaders to serve in public, private, and nonprofit organizations. Through our cross-sector approach to learning, we prepare leaders to build responsive and responsible public service organizations grounded on the values of St. Vincent de Paul. We promote compassion for marginalized communities and service to all people with accountability, justice, professionalism, sensitivity, and transparency.

Degree Chair: Raphael Ogom, PhD

Faculty Committee 2019-2020:

  • Michael Diamond
  • Euan Hague
  • Joseph Schwieterman
  • Ramya Ramanath
  • Raphael Ogom

Graduation Rates for 2015 School of Public Service Cohort by Program
Public Service Management — On Campus

  • 2 years — 50%
  • 3 years — 63%
  • 4 years — 87%

Graduation Rates for 2015 School of Public Service Cohort by Program
Public Service Management — Online

  • 2 years — 17%
  • 3 years — 17%
  • 4 years — 67%

Employment of 2017 SPS Graduates by program and sector
Public Service Management
(Total Number of Graduates — 30)

  • Nonprofit, domestic oriented — 10
  • National or central government — 1
  • Private sector — 2
  • City, County or local government — 1
  • Unknown — 16

Learn more about our Master of Public Service Management.

Learn more about accreditation

To view the The Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) roster and learn more about accreditation, visit the NASPAA website.

The School of Public Service is also a member of the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council (NACC).

The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association accredits all degree programs of DePaul University. In 2007 the Commission granted accreditation to the Schools Online Programs. These specialized affiliations ensure excellence in education and training for institutions in the public service sector.