College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences > Academics > School of Public Service > Graduate Programs > International Public Service (MS) > About the Program
The Master of Science in International Public Service (IPS)degree educates ethical leaders to work in international organizations in the US and abroad and emphasizes understanding cross sector relations. We believe that leaders need practical skills and first-hand experiences in solving global problems. We are committed to strengthening local communities and reducing disparities throughout the world, by building capacity through sustainable development. We promote compassion for marginalized communities and service to all people with sensitivity, professionalism, accountability, transparency and justice.
Students entering the International Public Service (IPS) degree in Fall 2015 and beyond are not required to demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language as a graduation requirement. However, please note that a second language is critical to helping your resume stand out and for constructing an effective career in IPS. Therefore all IPS students are strongly encouraged to build and demonstrate their proficiency in at least one other language appropriate to the applicant’s field or geographical interests.
52 credit hours are required to complete the program. The length of time varies according to student need. Some students pursuing the degree full-time (2 courses per quarter) finish in two years. Others take one course a quarter and complete their program requirements in three to four years. Students often switch between full and part time status throughout their academic careers at SPS, dependent on their personal and professional duties.
In 2016, the most recent year in which graduation rates were reported to NASPAA, for the cohort of students that began their IPS degree five years earlier, 18 percent graduated in 2 years, 52 percent graduated in 3 years and 67 percent graduated in 4 years.
National or central government in the United States: 0 (0%)
State, provincial, or regional government in the United States: 1 (7%)
City, county, or other local government in the United States: 0 (0%)
Foreign government (all levels) or international quasi-governmental: 0 (0%)
Nonprofit domestic-oriented: 1 (7%)
Nonprofit/NGOs internationally-oriented: 4 (29%)
Private Sector - Research/Consulting : 2 (14%)
Private Sector but not research/consulting: 2 (14%)
Obtaining further education: 1 (7%)
Military Service: 0 (0%)
Unemployed (Not Seeking Employment): 0 (0%)
Unemployed (Seeking Employment): 3 (21%)
International Education Credential Evaluator, Educational Perspectives Inc.
International Program Development Coordinator, Lions Clubs International
Regional Grant Officer for South America, Rotary International
Service & Justice Coordinator, Xavier University Dorothy Day Center for Faith & Justice
Regional Project Manager, Sow a Seed, Haiti
Sales, Marketing and Press Manager, Facets Multimedia
Annual Giving Coordinator, Opportunity International
Manager of Institutional Research, Chicago Cares
Auditing and Monitoring Specialist, Rotary International
Refugee Case Manager, RefugeeOne
Sales Associate, Global Heart Fair Trade
Liaison for U.S. Defense Attaché Office, United States Embassy Managua, Nicaragua
Project Development, International Organization for Migration
Immigration Case Specialist at VISANOW, P.C.
Program Director, Mil Milagros
Marketing Coordinator, AXA Assistance USA
Engineers in Action- Intern Engineering Resource Associates- GIS Specialist working on MWRD project
International project specialist
First-year PhD candidate in Political Science with a focus in Comparative Politics at Northwestern University.
Workforce Development Program Manager at RefugeeOne