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Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements

Course Requirements 

Students are required to complete a total of 13 courses (52 credit hours): eleven core courses (44 credit hours), two elective courses (8 credit hours).

Core Courses

Course Title Quarter Hours
MPS 500INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC SERVICE MANAGEMENT4
MPS 510INTERNATIONAL DIMENSIONS OF PUBLIC SERVICE4
MPS 511SUSTAINABLE INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT4
MPS 533APPLIED STATISTICS FOR PUBLIC SERVICE4
MPS 575STUDY ABROAD SEMINAR IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION/INSTITUTIONS4
MPS 583RESEARCH METHODS FOR PUBLIC SERVICE4
MPS 593INTEGRATIVE SEMINAR4
MPS 594ETHICAL LEADERSHIP IN PUBLIC SERVICE4
MPS 611MANAGEMENT OF INTERNATIONAL NGOs4
MPS 612INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY4
MPS 616INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND CONFLICT MANAGEMENT4

Elective Courses

Course Title Quarter Hours
Choose two of the following:8
MPS 501
CROSS-SECTOR ANALYSIS
MPS 513
VOLUNTEERISM
MPS 514
GOVERNMENT FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATION
MPS 515
NONPROFIT FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATION
MPS 516
MANAGEMENT OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
MPS 519
RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT
MPS 521
LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT
MPS 522
FUNDAMENTALS OF HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
MPS 524
MARKETING FOR SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS
MPS 525
WORKING WITH NONPROFIT BOARDS
MPS 529
STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT AND PLANNING
MPS 535
HEALTH CARE POLICY
MPS 537
COMPARATIVE HEALTHCARE SYSTEMS
MPS 541
ECONOMIC FOUNDATIONS OF PUBLIC SERVICE
MPS 542
POLICY DESIGN AND ANALYSIS
MPS 543
POLICY IMPLEMENTATION
MPS 546
ADVOCACY AND LOBBYING
MPS 552
GIS FOR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
MPS 563
LAW AND PUBLIC POLICY
MPS 573
HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
MPS 600
INDEPENDENT STUDY
MPS 604
SPECIAL TOPICS
MPS 610
INTERNATIONAL PROFESSIONAL INTERNSHIP
MPS 614
INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS SEMINAR
MPS 615
MANAGEMENT OF INTERCULTURAL DIVERSITY

Thesis Option

Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above may choose the thesis option and replace MPS 593 with MPS 598 .​

Study Abroad Requirement 

Students are required to take the MPS 575 study abroad course. This one week study abroad trip allows both full-time and part-time students to participate. Students should apply for the competitive study abroad scholarships to help with travel costs.

International Work/Internship Option

Students have the option to complete substantial professional experience in an international or intercultural setting for course credit. Students without substantial professional experience in an international or intercultural setting, are strongly encouraged to pursue an internship with an approved organization. To pursue this option, students enroll in MPS 610 while completing the internship. For more information contact SPSAdvising@depaul.edu

Foreign Language Proficiency 

Students 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 a resume stand out and for constructing an effective career in international public service. Therefore all students are strongly encouraged to build and demonstrate proficiency in at least one other language appropriate to their field or geographical interests.

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