Course Requirements

Elective Courses

16 credit hours chosen from more than 60 courses based on a student's professional goals and personal interests. If warranted by special needs or interests, students may take up to two elective courses in other departments of the university. Permission of the director is required before registration for such 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 you must take research sequence MPS 586/MPS 587


Students may choose concentrations in a variety of public service fields. While not required, concentrations are available for students in the Master of Science in Public Service Management degree with specialized interests and careers. The concentrations are: Health Care Administration, Higher Education Administration, and Metropolitan Planning and Urban Affairs. ​