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Public Service Management BA/MS

CLASS 2024 School of Public Service

The combined Bachelor's + Master's degree programs allow students to complete 12 graduate credit hours while still undergraduates. These 12 graduate credit hours will count toward both the undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

DePaul Undergraduate Degree + Public Service Management (MS)

The MS in Public Service Management degree educates leaders to work in public, private, and nonprofit organizations. Through our cross-sectoral 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.

Combined program students take three courses during their senior year, typically one per quarter, which double-count for both the bachelor’s and the master’s degrees. Placement of the successfully completed courses either as open electives or as major field electives on the undergraduate level resides with the College hosting the specific bachelor’s degree program. After the bachelor’s degree is awarded the three courses are credited toward the requirements of the MS degree program as well.  

Through the combined Bachelors/MS program, the student is responsible for working with both their undergraduate advisor to manage their undergraduate degree progress and the SPS academic advisor ( to plan a graduate program of study that includes the MPS courses as open electives or major field electives. Undergraduates are advised to meet a faculty member once per quarter during their senior year as an undergraduate to ensure that they are on track to graduate and transition into the master’s program. They also must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA in their graduate-level courses in order to matriculate into the graduate program.

Click on DEGREE REQUIREMENTS for descriptions of the required MS in Public Service Management coursework.​​

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