Public Service Master's Program

Choose a specialization in Health Care Administration or Nonprofit Sector

Public Service is an interdisciplinary Master of Arts program administered by Marquette University’s Political Science department. Within the program, students may pursue focused study in specializations including Health Care Administration or Nonprofit Sector.

Select the specializations below for more information, including access to the program pages that include coursework. 

Health Care Administration 

The Health Care Administration specialization seeks to prepare working professionals to meet the leadership challenges of today's health care system. As managed care and the integration of health care delivery continue to evolve, new skills and knowledge are needed to keep pace with current health care demands.

The program provides a foundation in finance, economics, policy, leadership, systems and outcome planning and evaluation, specifically related to the changing health care system.

Through the many elective offerings (informatics, case management, marketing, program development, administrative practicum, conflict resolution, long-term care and more), students may explore a wide range of special interests.

Get more information including career potential and required coursework, visit the Health Care Administration Specialization program page

Nonprofit Sector 

The Nonprofit Sector specialization is designed for individuals who seek leadership roles in nonprofit organizations. Students learn about budgets, board memberships, personnel oversight, corporate statuses, program development, and relations between government and the nonprofit sector.

This specialization also focuses on the study of topics crucial to urban and international nonprofits, including: inequality; race, ethnicity, and language; social movements; and political participation.

Get more information including career potential and required coursework, visit the Nonprofit Sector Specialization program page

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Application Deadline

This program has rolling admissions, which means you may apply any time before the following dates:

  • Fall term admissions- August 1 (June 1 for international applicants)
  • Spring term admissions- December 15 (October 15 for international applicants)

These are the dates your application must be complete and all required documentation must be received in the Graduate School by these dates.

However, applicants who wish to be considered for merit-based financial aid (graduate assistantships/fellowships) should be aware of the merit-based financial aid deadlines by which all applicant materials must be received by the Graduate School:

  • Fall (August) Term: February 15
  • Spring (January) Term: November 15
  • Summer (May) Term: April 15


Application Requirements

  • Read all application instructions prior to beginning an application.
  • A completed application form and fee online.
  • Copies from all current and previous colleges/university transcripts except Marquette.*
  • Three letters of recommendation from academic or professional sources.
  • Official test scores from the GRE (preferred), GMAT or LSAT. May be waived if the applicant has completed any advanced degree from any school – M.A., M.S., M.B.A., Ph.D., J.D., or M.D.
  • A statement of purpose. The best personal statement summarizes your academic interests and achievements and your career goals. Emphasize strengths that may not otherwise be obvious from your application file.  
  • For International Applicants only: an overall minimum TOEFL score of 100 or other acceptable proof of English proficiency.

*Upon 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. 

Financial Aid

This department offers two sorts of financial aid, research assistantships (RA) and tuition scholarships. For a comprehensive listing of merit-based aid (graduate assistantships/fellowships) please visit the departmental financial aid webpage. Private 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.