Potential MPSL Degree Timeline

This is a hypothetical timeline that shows how a student can complete the Master of Public Service Leadership degree program at Thomas Edison State University in about 18 months.

The timeline is informational in nature and does not represent an actual program plan. Enrolled graduate students work with our deans and academic advisors to develop a program plan that maps out how a student will complete their degree and whether they can transfer previously earned graduate credits or earn graduate credit for what they know through prior learning assessment.

MPLS Sample Course Sequence for Students starting January/July

Term (runs for 12 weeks) Courses To Take
First Graduate Term:
January/July
  • MPL-510: Research Methods in Public Service
  • MPL-580: Public Service Leadership and Governance
Second Graduate Term:
April/October
  • MPL-582: Law, Ethics and Decision Making in the Public Sector
  • MPL-520: Program Analysis & Evaluation*
Third Graduate Term:
January/July
  • MNP-530 Human Resources Management in Public Service**
  • MSP-674: Municipal Finance
Fourth Graduate Term:
April/October
  • (1) MPSL Area of Study requirement
  • (2) MPSL Area of Study requirement
Fifth Graduate Term:
January/July
  • (3) MPSL Area of Study requirement
  • (4) MPSL Area of Study requirement
Sixth Graduate Term:
April/October
  • Public Service Elective
  • MPL-710 Public Service Capstone

*Students must take either MNP-525: Project Leadership and Communications in Public Service (J/J course) ; or MPL-520: Program Analysis & Evaluation (O/A course)

** Students must take either MNP-505: Organizational Management in Public Service (O/A course); or MNP-530: Human Resources Management in Public Service (J/J course)

MPLS Sample Course Sequence for Students starting April/October

Term (runs for 12 weeks) Courses To Take
First Graduate Term:
April/October
  • MNP-505: Organizational Management in Public Service**

  • MPL-520: Program Analysis & Evaluation*
Second Graduate Term:
January/July
  • MPL-510: Research Methods in Public Service

  • MPL-580: Public Service Leadership and Governance
Third Graduate Term:
April/October
  • MPL-582: Law, Ethics and Decision Making in the Public Sector 

  • (1) MPSL Area of Study requirement 
Fourth Graduate Term:
January/July
  • (2) MPSL Area of Study requirement 
  • MSP-674: Municipal Finance
Fifth Graduate Term:
April/October
  • (3) MPSL Area of Study requirement
  • Public Service Elective 
Sixth Graduate Term:
January/July
  • (4) MPSL Area of Study requirement 

  • MPL-710 Public Service Capstone

*Students must take either MNP-525: Project Leadership and Communications in Public Service (J/J course) ; or MPL-520: Program Analysis & Evaluation (O/A course)

** Students must take either MNP-505: Organizational Management in Public Service (O/A course); or MNP-530: Human Resources Management in Public Service (J/J course)

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