Master's in Public Service

A passion for service and an ambition to be a leader in the nonprofit sector

In this interdisciplinary master's program in public service, you'll learn to effectively lead nonprofit organizations, and understand their key components including budgets, board memberships, personnel oversight, corporate statuses, program development, and relations between government and the nonprofit sector.



Credit Hours


Years to Complete


Nonprofit Sector Focus







Learning Outcomes

As a student, you'll understand wider issues affecting urban and international nonprofits such as inequality; race, ethnicity, and language, social movements, and political participation. 

You'll gain the interdisciplinary skills that are critical for today's leaders. From seamless partnerships between university departments to collaborations with Milwaukee-are organizations, government agencies, and fellow institutions of higher education, interdisciplinary learning is built into every program. 

Teaching Excellence

Our programs are small by design. As a result, students receive personal attention both inside and outside the classroom. Our faculty consistently receive strong teaching evaluations, well above Marquette University's already high average. 

Research Excellence

Our faculty are committed to rigorous scholarly inquiry and devoted to successful student learning. Their research has generated books in leading presses, dozens of articles in top political science journals and a visible collection of public scholarship on contemporary political issues and events. 

Career Opportunities

Graduates in this program often seek careers in community organizations, child welfare agencies, family support centers, neighborhood associations, municipal offices, and governmental positions.

Program and course structure

Students can expect most courses to be offered during the weekday evenings from 5-7:40pm once per week per course, allowing the program to be a great fit for both full and part time students.

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To be eligible for admission to the Graduate School at Marquette University, applicants must meet the following requirements:

Application Requirements

1Upon admission, final official transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities, with certified English translations if original language is not English, must be submitted to the Graduate School within the first five weeks of the term of admission or a hold preventing registration for future terms will be placed on the student’s record. 

2Upon admission, an official course-by-course transcript/academic record evaluation must be submitted to the Graduate School within the first five weeks of the term of admission or a hold preventing registration for future terms will be placed on the student’s record. 

This program has rolling admission, which means you may apply and submit all application materials any time before the following dates:

  • Fall term admissions – August 1
  • Spring term admissions – December 15 

Applicants who wish to be considered for merit-based financial aid (scholarships) should be aware of the merit-based financial aid deadlines by which all applicant materials must be received by the Graduate School:

  • Fall term: February 15
  • Spring term: November 15

Financial Aid

Tuition scholarships may be available for Public Service students. For a comprehensive listing of merit-based aid (graduate assistantships/fellowships) please visit the departmental financial aid webpagePrivate scholarships may be available. U.S. citizens and permanent residents may be eligible to apply for need-based federal aid (loans) to help fund their educational expenses.

Trinity Fellows Program

Students interested in this master's program may want to consider applying for the Trinity Fellows Program as well. Trinity Fellows is a graduate fellowship program dedicated to developing urban leaders with a commitment to social and economic justice. Trinity Fellows participate in a 21-month study/ work program while earning a master's degree. Those who have completed a full-time service program (minimum 10 months), and/or have worked for 2+ years in the nonprofit sector are eligible to apply. Details and instructions to apply are found on the Trinity Fellows website.