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Program Outcomes

The Master of Public Service Leadership degree’s program outcomes follow the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) standards for accreditation, which encompass a competency-based approach that covers five domains:

  1. To lead and manage in public governance
  2. To participate in and contribute to the policy process
  3. To analyze, synthesize, think critically, solve problems and make decisions
  4. To articulate and apply a public service leadership perspective
  5. To communicate and interact productively with a diverse and changing workforce and citizenry

The five domains are embedded within the following MPSL programmatic outcomes. Students who earn the Master of Public Service Leadership degree will develop the following competencies:

Strategic Leadership (domain 1)
Evaluate effective strategic leadership for public service administrators.

Ethical Leadership (domain 1)
Synthesize what constitutes ethical & legal constructs in the effective leadership.

Policy (domain 2)
Analyze the policy development for application in areas of Public Service.

Issues of Field (domains 2 and 4)
Analyze significant issues pertaining to specific fields of study.

Analyze and Interpret (domain 3)
Use reflective and research skills to evaluate theory to make informed decisions and improve practice in their field.

Critical Reasoning (domain 3)
Use critical thinking to evaluate, make informed decisions and improve practice in their field.

Diversity (domain 5)
Evaluate the impact of diversity on policy in areas of public service.

The Master of Public Service Leadership degree program is also aligned with the University's institutional graduate program learning outcomes. Area of Study outcomes within the degree reinforce the "praxis" emphasis of the program.

Area of Study Outcomes