At the Clinton School, we value both the acquisition of knowledge and the practical application of that knowledge to solving real-world problems. The two-year Master of Public Service (MPS) degree is a 40-credit-hour program that blends a core set of coursework with field service projects and elective courses for a program grounded in distinct principles, but also tailored to individual interests and pursuits.
In the classroom, Clinton School students learn the concepts and skills necessary to become agents of positive change. In the field, they put those lessons into action in order to improve their abilities as public servants while making a positive impact on the communities and organizations with which they work.
Through the core courses, students and faculty debate, discuss and study public service issues surrounding communication, decision-making, conflict resolution, professionalism, law and ethics, among other topics.
While completing their coursework, students participate in three for-credit public service projects – the Practicum (group) project, the International Public Service Project and the Capstone (final) project. Students are also able to tailor their educational experience through a variety of elective offerings on subjects such as politics, nonprofit management, public policy, public relations, law, health care and education.
The MPS program provides a firm grounding in critical analysis, policy formulation and problem solving, as well as an opportunity for immersion in outstanding service organizations for students to gain competency in the principles and nuances of public service.