Course Requirements

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

​Core 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.​

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.