master of arts in Public service administration

With a strong emphasis on social responsibility and civic engagement, the master of arts in public service administration is a graduate degree program that gives students the skills necessary to effectively and compassionately confront the challenges of today's metropolitan environment and its diverse populations. Unique to the program is its focus on social justice, public policy and regulation in urban governmental environments.

  • Professors and instructors who are experts in their fields and can give students career guidance and offer real-world application of the information learned in class
  • Hands-on professional training in public service with one of the following areas of specialization to match students' professional interests:

Learning Outcomes

  • Apply public service concepts to a community issue.
  • Identify ethical issues and apply ethical principles, values, theories or frameworks to public service practice.
  • Demonstrate the cultural and communication skills necessary to interact in a reciprocal exchange that honors the human dignity of all people.
  • Apply theory and principles of group dynamics that assist in solving complex urban problems.
  • Apply quantitative and qualitative research methods to issues in public service.

Course Work

Students must complete a minimum of 36 credit hours (12 classes), including:

    • 12 credit hours (four classes) of required core course work.*
      • PUBS 6000: History & Theory of Leadership & Ethics
      • PUBS 6205: Urban Policy & Public Service Administration
      • PUBS 6210: Ethics in Public Service
      • PUBS 6025: Research Methods
    • Three credit hours (one class) of elective core course work.
    • 15 credit hours (five classes) of specialization course work.
    • One of three six-credit-hour integrated learning optionsa professional project, a research article of publishable quality or additional course work followed by a comprehensive exam.
    • Students must choose one of the two specializations offered.
    • In addition to class time, students spend an average of 12 hours a week on course work outside of class for every three-credit course.
    • Full-time students taking three classes a semester can complete the program in as few as two years. Part-time students, on average, complete the program in three to four years. Students must complete the program in six years.

    * Depending on your selected specialization, these courses may vary. Please check with your academic adviser for specifics.