Course Requirements

Students complete a total of 13 courses (52 credit hours). Ten courses (40 credit hours) of core course work and three courses (12 credit hours) in a specialization 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 INTEGRATIVE SEMINAR with MPS 598 THESIS


Students in this program are required to choose a specialization: Public Management, International Public Management, Metropolitan Planning and Urban Affairs, and Emergency Management. Students interested in pursuing the online degree may choose between the Public Management, International Public Management, or Metropolitan Planning and Urban Affairs specializations.


Internship Requirement

Students are required to complete substantial professional experience in a
government setting. Students with such experience, or have professional or economic constraints, may request a waiver by submitting a letter describing their circumstances. Otherwise, students will be required to complete an internship. 

​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.