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Degree Requirements

Degree 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 SERVICE (USING EXCEL)4
or MPS 536 APPLIED STATISTICS FOR PUBLIC SERVICE (USING SPSS)
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

Internship Capstone Option

Students may choose to replace MPS 593 with MPS 610 Internship Capstone option. 

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.  Three of these concentrations can also be completed in the online only MPA: public management; emergency management; and metropolitan planning and urban affairs.

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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