Students complete a total of 13 courses (52 credit hours).
- Choose two of the following international courses:
- Choose two of the following Public Service elective courses:
Students with a grade point average of 3.5 or above may choose the thesis option and replace MPS 593 with MPS 598. To qualify for the thesis option students must take the Policy Based research sequence.
Study Abroad Requirement
Students in the IPS program are required to take at least ONE course abroad. These unique one to two week study abroad trips allow both full-time and part-time students to participate.
International Work/Internship Requirement
Students must complete substantial professional experience in an international or intercultural setting. Students with such experience may request a waiver by submitting a letter describing the extent of their work in international or cross-cultural countries and organizations. In this case, students choose an alternative four-credit hour course with the director's approval. Students without such experience enroll in MPS 610 while completing an internship with an appropriate organization.
Foreign Language Proficiency
Students in the International Public Service (IPS) degree are not required to demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language as a graduation requirement. However, please note that a second language is critical to helping your resume stand out and for constructing an effective career in IPS. Therefore all IPS students are strongly encouraged to build and demonstrate their proficiency in at least one other language appropriate to the applicant’s field or geographical interests.