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Degree Requirements

Course Requirements

Students complete a total of 13 courses (52 credit hours). Ten courses (40 credit hours) of core course work and three courses (12 credit hours) in a specialization are required.

Core Courses


Students in this program are required to choose a specialization: Emergency Management, Metropolitan Planning and Urban Affairs, International Public Management, and Public Management.  Students interested in pursuing the online degree may choose between the Metropolitan Planning and Urban Affairs, InternationalPublic Management, or Public Management specializations.

Thesis Option

Students with a cumulative GPR of 3.5 or above may choose the thesis option and replace MPS 593 with MPS 598 THESIS

Internship Requirement

Students are required to complete substantial professional experience in a
government setting. Students with such experience, or have professional or economic constraints, may request a waiver by submitting a letter describing their circumstances. Otherwise, students will be required to complete an internship. 


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