College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences > Academics > School of Public Service > Graduate Programs > Online Degrees
The School of Public Service offers the following degrees online:
Admission RequirementsThe online programs are cohort style and open for admission every fall quarter.
The online programs in MPA, MPP, and MPS are accredited by
Faculty present course material pairing a mix of asynchronous learning based on discussion forums (using the
Desire2Learn course management system) with faculty-directed real-time synchronous learning with video and audio (using
Zoom technology). Desire2Learn creates a learning environment through a central website rich with course materials, e-mail, discussion boards, online quizzes, an online grade book, workgroup space, and document sharing. An online student must have necessary technology to participate in an online environment such as, a web cam, microphone/headset, and reliable internet access.
Online students participate fully in their graduate degree programs, taking the same courses from the same faculty as in class students. Students can substitute an online course with an on-site class taught on DePaul’s Loop campus. Online students are also encouraged to participate in the school’s rich study abroad program by taking a class in Belgium, India, Northern Ireland or Tanzania.
The online course requirements are the same as those for the corresponding on-site degrees. Online degrees cohorts begin only in the Autumn Quarter and have a suggested course sequence. Students can choose to study full time (2 courses per term) or part time (1 course per term). For more information about course requirements and enrollment please contact the Assistant Director for Academic Advising (SPSAdvising@depaul.edu).
DePaul University Student IDYou will need a student ID to access services provided by DePaul University. These services include online access to DePaul's library resources as well as to physically check out books from our libraries or from our partner libraries (see I-Share network below). To obtain your DePaul student ID, follow the instructions on the
DePaul ID information page.
CampusConnectThis is the online portal you will use for all your administrative tasks during the SPS Online program. Upon enrolling in the SPS Online program you will receive information on how to obtain your CampusConnect user ID and password. These will enable you to enter CampusConnect where you will register for courses, file for graduation, and check your financial records including financial aid. Access
DePaul University LibrariesStudents enrolled in the SPS Online program can order books online either from DePaul University libraries or from libraries belonging to I-Share network which includes the resources of 71 Illinois libraries belonging to CARLI, the Consortium of Academic & Research Libraries in Illinois. Students have access to download and read articles in more than 16,000 online scholarly journals and electronic book databases. For more information about services for online students visit the DePaul University Library.
Student RecordsFor information and assistance with the administrative processes related to your education such as ordering transcripts, understanding and making changes in your CampusConnect account, help with registration, the schedule of classes, and the Academic Calendar, please contact SPSAdvising@depaul.edu.
Desire2Learn & ZoomSPS Online uses
Desire2Learn (D2L) as the Course Management System (CMS) to deliver its online courses. In addition, some courses use Zoom for required synchronous real-time interactions between the instructor and the students. You will be able to view the course on D2L once the faculty member makes it available at the beginning of the quarter. Visit the
Teaching Commons site to begin setting-up Zoom.
Financial AidDePaul’s Office of
Financial Aid provides access to general financial program information and forms for online learners. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for any questions about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).