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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)