Master's in Public Service

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Attend Our Information Session: October 19, 2021

Join us for an Information Session for our Master's in Public Service Program. You will have an opportunity to meet with the Director of the Program and the Graduate Admissions Recruiter as we discuss program highlights, curriculum and the application process. There will be plenty of time for Q & A, so have your questions ready.

The Information Session will be held on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at 7:00 PM CST. Please RSVP at the link below. We look forward to seeing you there!

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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, and municipal offices. 

See where our alumni have made their careers with their master's degree from Marquette University

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Learn more about Marquette's master's in public service master's program.

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Application Deadline

This program has rolling admission, 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 online application form and fee.
  • Copies from all current and previous colleges/university transcripts except Marquette.1
  • Three letters of recommendation from academic or professional sources.
  • 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.

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. 

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.