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Master of Public Service Leadership

Let's Talk with Ann Prime-Monaghan

Watch Ann Prime-
Monaghan, assistant
dean in the Watson
School of Public Service
and Continuing
Education, discuss the
Master of Public Service
Leadership degree

The Master of Public Service Leadership is designed to develop the next generation of leaders for nonprofit organizations, faith-based and community-based organizations and local, state and federal government.

The 36-credit program is offered entirely online and meets the accelerating demand for education and careers in public service, a broadly defined sector that includes government agencies as well as nonprofit, philanthropic and non-governmental organizations.

The program has been developed in alignment with the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) standards for accreditation. Students will have the option of selecting one of the following areas of study, including:

The program has a competency-based curriculum focusing on advancing the knowledge, research and practice of public affairs that emphasizes theory, research and application. The program gives students an applied experience that provides an opportunity to apply what they learn to their actual work environments.

Credit Distribution

Subject Area/Courses Credits
I. Core Requirements 18
  • MPL-582 Law, Ethics and Decision Making in the Public Sector
  • MPL-510 Research Methods in Public Service

Students select one of the following:

  • MNP-525 Project Leadership and Communications 
  • MPL-520 Program Analysis and Evaluation

Students select one of the following:

  • MNP-505 Organizational Management in Public Service
  • MNP-530 Human Resources Management for Public Service
  • MPL-580 Public Service Leadership & Governance

Students select one of the following:

  • MSP-574 Public Finance
  • MSP-674 Municipal Finance
II. Area of Study Requirements 12
Students select one of the following:  
III. Public Service Electives 3
IV. Public Service Capstone: MPL-710 3
Total Credits 36

Graduate Programs focusing on Public Service

What Can You Do With a Master's Degree in Public Service Leadership?

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