The Master of Science in International Public Service (IPS) degree educates professionals to the field of international development and global humanitarian affairs. It provides the essential competencies and skills for managing international projects and leading international nongovernmental organizations. The curriculum offers a balanced education in international leadership (ethical, theoretical and practical), project management (for organizations, sectors, institutions) and evaluation (assessment, monitoring and impact analysis). Through study abroad programs, international internships and applied research projects with nongovernmental and intergovernmental organizations, the IPS degree is required for a professional career in international development.

This degree is accredited by National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA).

Mission Statement

The Master of Science in International Public Service educates ethical leaders to work in international organizations in the US and abroad and emphasizes understanding cross-sector relations. We believe that leaders need practical skills and first-hand experiences in solving global problems. We are committed to strengthening local communities and reducing disparities throughout the world, by building capacity through sustainable development. We promote compassion for marginalized communities and service to all people with sensitivity, professionalism, accountability, transparency and justice.

The MS in International Public Service may also be expanded to include select graduate certificate programs covering particular areas of interest.  Students participating in a combined MS/certificate program should consult with their academic advisor to determine what coursework might count toward both programs.  A separate application process for the certificate is required.  Students who are interested in any of the following combination programs should contact the Graduate Student Services Office for additional information.

  • International Public Service + Community Development Certificate
  • International Public Service + Global Health Certificate
  • International Public Service + Metro Planning and Development Certificate
  • International Public Service + Public Health Certificate
  • International Public Service + Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Certificate
  • ​International Public Service + Social Research Certificate
  • International Public Service + Women's and Gender Studies Certificate
Degree Requirements 52 hours
   Total hours required    52 hours