Course Requirements 

Students complete a total of 13 courses (52 credit hours). 

Core Courses

International Courses


Elective Courses

Thesis Option

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.

​GPA Requirement

Students must earn and maintain a 2.7 or higher cumulative grade point average (CGPA) while in the School of Public Service. A 2.7 or higher CGPA allows students to maintain good academic standing within the school and is a requirement for graduation.