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Online Degrees

​​The School of Public Service offers the following degrees online:

  • Master of Science in Public Service Management (standard concentration only)
  • Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Public Management
  • Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Metropolitan Planning and Urban Affairs

Admission Requirements
The online programs are cohort style and open for admission every fall quarter.

  • A completed online application
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and/or universities attended
  • Two-page personal statement describing your educational and career goals, relevant work or volunteer experience, and any special circumstances affecting past or prospective academic performance. Please also explain your reasons for seeking the online option of the degree.
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae


All online programs are accredited by NASPAA.

Faculty present course material pairing an innovative 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 be able to complete basic tasks, such as downloading and installing programs, using word processing software (such as Microsoft Word), using a web browser (such as Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox or Safari), and sending e-mail. DePaul University provides free training to graduate students who need to polish their computer skills.

There are no required classroom meetings in an online course (students meet online for a mandatory orientation before classes begin). Online students participate fully in the 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.

Online Degree Course Requirements

The online course requirements are the same as those for the corresponding on-site degrees. Online degrees cohorts begin only in the autumn term and have a required course sequence. Students can choose to study full time (2 courses per term) or part time (1 course per term). Online students are required to have certain equipment and software to fully participate in the online program. For a list of required materials, click here. Online students are also required to participate in the online orientation. 

Online Services and Support

DePaul University Student ID
You will need a student ID to avail of 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). In addition you will need your student ID to take proctored exams in the SPS Online program. To obtain your DePaul student ID, follow the instructions on the DePaul ID information page.

This 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 CampusConnect.

DePaul University Libraries
Students 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. Books will be delivered via FedEx. Students also have access to download and read articles in more than 16,000 online scholarly journals and electronic book databases. Visit Library Services for SPS online student services.

Student Records
For information and assistance with the administrative processes related to your education such as ordering transcripts, understand and making changes in your CampusConnect account, help with registration, the schedule of classes, and the Academic Calendar, visit DePaul Central.

SPS 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 in all courses. Access to Zoom is provided through D2L. Once you register for your courses on CampusConnect your registration will automatically be transferred within 24 hours to the online course offered on D2L. You will be able to view the course once the faculty member makes it available at the beginning of the term.

Virtual classrooms allow you to create a real-time online teaching and learning environment. Our service integrates virtual classrooms directly into your D2L course. These rooms can include two-way audio, multi-point video, interactive whiteboard, application and desktop sharing, dynamic media, and session recording. With Zoom, you can engage with students in many of the same ways as in a traditional classroom. Visit the Teaching Commons site to begin setting-up Zoom.

Financial Aid
DePaul’s Office of Financial Aid provides access to news, updates and alerts as well as general financial program information and forms for online learners.