The University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service will enroll 34 students in the first-of-its kind Executive Master of Public Service (EMPS) degree program this spring. The first day of classes for the online program is March 2.
“We had projected 25 students in the first class,” said Clinton School Dean James L. “Skip” Rutherford III. “With 34 students, we have exceeded that number and look forward to watching this program grow and expand.”
Academic Dean Susan A. Hoffpauir will teach the first class, “Foundations of Public Service,” which covers the history, contexts, and practices of public service. The course will explore the various roles public servants play and the various contexts in which they practice public service.
“It’s exciting to offer our curriculum in the new online format,” Hoffpauir said. “We look forward to reaching working professionals who previously were unable to come to the Clinton School.”
The new two-year program is offered entirely online, giving professionals the enhanced knowledge, skills, and network, they need to advance without relocating or giving up their current employment.
The inaugural class includes representatives from Alaska, Arkansas, Indiana, Maryland, Mississippi, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, China and Mexico.
The class features professionals working in various industries and career fields, including banking, education, healthcare, law, nonprofit management, and philanthropy among others.
Grounded in critical analysis and the formulation of program and policy options, the EMPS teaches students to build strong communities and organizations.
The new EMPS builds on the success of the school’s traditional Master of Public Service (MPS) degree, which graduated its first class in 2006.
For more information on the EMPS, visit ClintonSchool.uasys.edu/EMPS.