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Degree Requirements

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 concentration are required.

Core Courses

Course Title Quarter Hours
MPS 500INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC SERVICE MANAGEMENT4
MPS 501CROSS-SECTOR ANALYSIS4
MPS 514GOVERNMENT FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATION4
MPS 522FUNDAMENTALS OF HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT4
MPS 533APPLIED STATISTICS FOR PUBLIC SERVICE4
MPS 541ECONOMIC FOUNDATIONS OF PUBLIC SERVICE4
MPS 542POLICY DESIGN AND ANALYSIS4
MPS 583RESEARCH METHODS FOR PUBLIC SERVICE4
MPS 593INTEGRATIVE SEMINAR4
MPS 594ETHICAL LEADERSHIP IN PUBLIC SERVICE4

Concentration

Students in this program are required to choose a concentration: 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, International Public Management, or Public Management concentrations.

Thesis Option

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

Internship Option

Students can opt to complete an internship or professional development experience in a government setting. The student would enroll in MPS 601 for course credit, which will be applied to the MPA degree by the student's adviser. Contact SPSAdvising@depaul.edu for more details.

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