Course Requirements 

Students complete a total of 13 courses (52 quarter hours). Eleven courses
(44 quarter hours) of required core courses and 2 courses (8 quarter hours)
of electives are required.

Core Courses

Introductory Courses (Required 3 courses)

International Courses (Required 2 courses)

International Specific Courses (2 courses)

Research (4 courses)

Elective Courses (8 Credit Hours):

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.

​Language Requirements

The IPS requires proficiency in a foreign language. A second language is essential for a successful career in international public service. International Public Service students aspiring to a long-term international career should demonstrate proficiently in English and ONE other language appropriate to the student’s field or geographical interests. Students will fulfill this requirement in one of the following ways:

  • By taking a language placement test.
  • By being in possession of an undergraduate major in a foreign language.
  • By passing the TOEFL Internet exam with a score of 96 or above.

The common languages for an international career are: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish. The Language Placement Test at DePaul University is also available for German, Italian, Japanese and Polish. To fulfill this requirement students must take the test during their first quarter and score at minimum of ‘low-intermediate’ level. This corresponds to a placement for a 104-course number.

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 Requirements

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.​