Who is it for?

This specialization is for working professionals preparing themselves for public service organization and community leadership positions. It combines practical skills with a values-based foundation so students can become dynamic members of their organization or community.


This specialization is ideal for:


To earn a master's degree in public service, students must complete 36 hours of course work.

Core Courses

Required courses (9 credits)


PUBS 6205 Urban Policy and Public Service Administration 3 credit hours
PUBS 6210 Ethics in Public Service 3 credit hours
PUBS 6025 Research Methods 3 credit hours


Constrained electives (6 credits)


PUBS 6051 Contemporary Leadership 3 credit hours
PUBS 6215 Nature of Cities 3 credit hours
PUBS 6220 Organizational Behavior in Public Service 3 credit hours
PUBS 6230 Legal Issues in Public Service 3 credit hours
PUBS 6235 Communication and the Management Process in Urban Services 3 credit hours
PUBS 6240 Urban Public Sector Economics 3 credit hours
PUBS 6995 Independent Study 1-3 credit hours
PUBS 6931 Topics in Public Service 1-3 credit hours


Specialization Courses

Specialization courses (15 credits)


LEDR 6000 History and Theory of Leadership and Ethics* 3 credit hours
LEDR 6005 Self-leadership 3 credit hours
LEDR 6010 Conflict Resolution, Negotiation and Team Leadership 3 credit hours
LEDR 6015 Influence of Leadership on Behavior in Organizations -OR- 3 credit hours
LEDR 6020 Leaders as Worldly Citizens 3 credit hours
LEDR 6030 Qualitative Research and the Social Impact on Leaders' Decisions -OR- 3 credit hours
LEDR 6035 Applied Quantitative Methods in Leadership Studies 3 credit hours

* Prereq for all LEDR course work


Integrative Learning Options

Integrative Learning Options (choose one)

Professional Project

There are two options for a professional project.

  1. Work independently with a faculty adviser and possibly an organization to produce a research-based service or product.
  2. Submit for publication to a peer-reviewed journal the findings from a research study that has been supervised by a faculty member.

Comprehensive Exams


Contact Us

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P.O. Box 1881
1324 W. Wisconsin Ave., Room 305
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881
(414) 288-7137

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