Course Requirements

Students complete a total of 13 courses (52 credit hours). Eleven course (44 credit hours) of core coursework and two courses (8 credit hours) of electives are required.

​Core Courses

Elective Courses

Choose one from each of the following two groups:

Urban Analysis Group

Comparative Policy Group (Study Abroad)

Electronic Portfolio Requirement

Students are required to assemble an electronic portfolio that features notable papers and projects prepared in both required and elective courses. These portfolios, reviewed by a member of the faculty, provide an opportunity for the student to demonstrate expertise in a particular area of study while also supporting career goals.

Study Abroad Requirement

Students in the LPS 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.

Thesis Option

Students with a grade point average of 3.5 or above may choose the thesis option and replace MPS 593 (Integrative Seminar) with MPS 598 (Thesis).​​

​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.