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The School of Public Service at DePaul University is a leader in research, service and education in the areas of public and non‐profit leadership, administration and policy analysis. We are a true Chicago institution; thus, we count a rich set of connections to public, non‐profit and policy actors throughout the city and region. Our alumni network is made up of over 2,700 professionals working in various public service fields throughout the region. Our twelve full time faculty have both practical and scholarly expertise in management, policy formulation and analysis.

Our five graduate programs allow students to choose a path that best fits their career aspirations:

As a teaching institution, DePaul always puts its students first. As scholars, our full‐time faculty are experts in the areas of transportation, housing, crime, community health, cultural public finance, economic development, sustainable international development, inequality, and the science of philanthropic giving, a truly broad department of experts.

Our mission at SPS is an important one: to educate the next generation of public service leaders. Through this, we also seek to build a community of like‐minded individuals who seek to improve the people, places and organizations that make up the public service network in Chicago and beyond.​​​