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Accreditation

​​​​​​​DePaul’s School of Public Service has delivered NASPAA accredited degree programs since 2009. Our masters degrees 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 ethical service to all people with a focus on social justice, professionalism, cultural sensitivity, and transparency.

Degree Chair: Nick Kachiroubas, PhD

Faculty Committee 2020-2021:

  • Nick Kachiroubas
  • Euan Hague
  • Joseph Schwieterman
  • Robert Stokes
  • Kelly Tzoumis

Graduation Rates for 2015-2016 School of Public Service Cohort by Program
Public Administration — On Campus

Number of students initially enrolled in 2015-2016: 25

  • 2 years — 64%
  • 3 years — 80%
  • 4 years — 80%

Graduation Rates for 2015-2016 School of Public Service Cohort by Program
Public Administration — Online

Number of students initially enrolled in 2015-2016: 5

  • 2 years — 40%
  • 3 years — 80%
  • 4 years — 100%

Employment of 2019-2020 SPS Graduates by program and sector
Public Administration
(Total Number of Graduates — 18)

  • Nonprofit, domestic oriented — 6
  • Private sector — 1
  • City, County or local government — 6
  • State or regional government — 2
  • National or central government — 0
  • Unemployed, seeking employment — 0
  • Military service -- 1
  • Unknown — 0

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 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 2020-2021:

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

Graduation Rates for 2015-2016 School of Public Service Cohort by Program
Public Policy (formerly Leadership and Policy Studies)

Number of students initially enrolled: 12

  • 2 years — 25%
  • 3 years — 58%
  • 4 years — 75%

Employment of 2019-2020 School of Public Service Graduates by program and sector
Public Policy (formerly Leadership and Policy Studies)
Total Number of Graduates — 19

  • National or central government — 1
  • Nonprofit, domestic oriented — 8
  • Unemployed (seeking employment) — 1
  • State, provincial or regional government -- 1
  • City, county, or other local government -- 2
  • Private sector -- 6
  • Unknown — 0

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 students to work in public, private, and nonprofit organizations. Through our cross-sectoral approach to learning, research, and service our students learn to connect domestic and global issues, alleviate poverty, and build responsive and responsible service organizations. We promote compassion for marginalized communities , ethical leadership and service to all people with integrity, accountability, justice, professionalism, sensitivity, and transparency. 

Degree Chair: Raphael Ogom, PhD

Faculty Committee 2020-2021:

  • Raphael Ogom
  • Euan Hague
  • Hugh Bartling
  • Michael Diamond
  • Ramya Ramanath

Graduation Rates for 2015-2016 School of Public Service Cohort by Program
Public Service Management — On Campus

Number of students initially enrolled: 23

  • 2 years — 39%
  • 3 years — 52%
  • 4 years — 61%

Graduation Rates for 2015-2016 School of Public Service Cohort by Program
Public Service Management — Online

Number of students initially enrolled: 11

  • 2 years — 36%
  • 3 years — 45%
  • 4 years — 73%

Employment of 2019-2020 SPS Graduates by program and sector
Public Service Management
(Total Number of Graduates — 13)

  • Nonprofit, domestic oriented — 7
  • National or central government — 0
  • Private sector — 2
  • City, County or local government — 0
  • State, provincial or regional government -- 1
  • Nonprofit/NGOs, nationally oriented -- 1
  • Unemployed, seeking employment -- 1
  • Unknown — 1

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.