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Public Service Management

Public Service
Management (MS)
Public Service
Management (MS)

Create bold leadership solutions

You know that you want to make a difference by helping solve the problems of our communities and our world. DePaul’s Master of Public Service Management (MPS) is designed to teach you broad-based management skills that lead to careers across many sectors, including nonprofit, governmental agencies, higher education and health care.

You’ll choose a concentration in one of the following areas:

  • Emergency Management
  • Health Care Administration
  • Metropolitan Planning and Urban Affairs
  • Standard Concentration
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Flexible formats for any lifestyle

All courses for this program are offered in the evening on the Loop Campus or entirely online. The program can be completed in two years and one additional quarter (including one summer) by following a schedule of two classes per quarter.

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Online Degree Option

The online Public Service Management (MPS) from DePaul’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences offers small class sizes and is taught by the same award-winning faculty you'll find on campus. Tailored to meet the needs of your busy schedule, you'll achieve the same learning outcomes as in-person classes through collaborative and engaged learning.

Connect to public service jobs in Chicago

DePaul’s connection to Chicago and the region gives you firsthand knowledge that prepares you to create real-world, urban solutions. With nonprofit organizations, as well as city, state and federal government offices just steps from our Loop Campus, you’ll find opportunities to work for public and private sector organizations of any size.

Application Deadlines

The School of Public Service has temporarily paused admission for the Master of Public Service. The program will resume accepting applications for the Fall 2024 term in April 2024.

Admission Requirements

Submit an online application, professional statement, résumé and official transcripts.

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Required Courses

You’ll complete eight core courses and five courses of declared concentration work.

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of Public Service Management graduates were employed, continuing their education or pursuing other goals within six months of graduation.


The median salary for Public Service Management graduates was $58,000.

Study with faculty devoted to public service

Professor Raphael Odom has published research on the implications of higher education as a vehicle for good governance, human security and national development in sub-Saharan Africa countries. He has chaired several public service panels and policy research conferences in the U.S. and abroad.

“My degree from SPS allowed me to stand out from the competition and demonstrate added value—advanced skills and expertise in nonprofit management, public policy analysis and strategy development.”

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Alumni Network

You’ll benefit from extensive networking opportunities with DePaul’s strong alumni network, including more than 3,460 School of Public Service alumni. Connect with fellow Public Service Management grads, who typically pursue careers in government, non-profit association management and within various nonprofit organizations.
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DePaul’s Master of Public Service Management program is NASPAA-accredited according to the Commission on Peer Review & Accreditation. Learn more about our accreditation.

Scholarships & Aid

The School of Public Service offers several quarterly scholarship, graduate assistantship and fellowship opportunities. Learn more about the scholarships and opportunities available to you.

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Contact Information

For more information about applying, contact The Office of Graduate Admission at (773) 325-7315 or

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