Frequently Asked Questions

General Information

The MPS is an in-person full-time degree, based in Little Rock, Ark., featuring classroom education and three required field service projects (domestic and international). The EMPS program, designed for mid-career professionals with significant public service experience, is a distance program, entirely formatted through online courses, with one required Capstone field project.
The 36 credit-hour degree will be offered one course at a time (12 courses, each lasting 8 weeks) over a period of 24 consecutive months. Courses are grouped in four 24-week terms, with a week break after each term.
The enrollment term will be March 2019 and end March 2021.
Cohort size for the EMPS will be approximately 25 students.

Admission Information

A qualified applicant is a mid-career professional who has demonstrated leadership in his or her career and in his or her personal pursuit of public service, and is someone with a strong academic background. Someone with 5+ years of both professional and public service experience after their undergraduate degree would be a competitive candidate.
  • A completed application form
  • Final transcripts of all higher education degrees awarded
  • An updated resume
  • One required short-answer question
  • One required letter of recommendation: a recommender addressing the applicant's professional experience and work ethic
  • The EMPS application does not require a GRE test score, nor an application fee
There are two application deadlines under which an applicant may choose to submit application. The Priority Deadline is September 1 – those who have fully submitted required documents by this deadline will be notified of their Admission Decision two weeks after submitting a completed application. The Regular Deadline is December 1​ – those who have fully submitted required documents by this deadline will be notified of their Admission Decision by ​December 20​. The EMPS program will start in March 2019.
No. Students will only be admitted for the current March 2019 enrollment cycle.

Cost & Payment Information

The EMPS degree program has a total cost of $33,600 in tuition and fees.
Yes, admitted students will be eligible for merit-based scholarships to support their pursuit of the EMPS degree​. Admitted students will be notified of merit-based scholarships in their acceptance letter.
Tuition is $850 per credit hour. There is a one-time technology fee is of $500 and a one-time programming fee of $2500.
Students will pay tuition one term at a time (there will be 4 payments over the two year program, one for each term). Both the technology and programming fees are paid at the start of the first term of the program.
No. The cost of the program is the same for domestic and international students.

Coursework & Degree Program Information

No. The EMPS program is designed on a set two-year progressive academic plan, and withdrawing during the program will unfortunately disrupt the sequence.
Students can expect up to 7 hours of online class work per week, plus an additional 10+ hours of readings/class preparation. Depending on other commitments in the student’s life, and a given student’s time-management skills, it should be possible for someone to work full-time and perform well in the EMPS program.
Depending on the course, there may be infrequent real-time meetings but the majority of class work will be delivered online.
The Capstone course is the only field service EMPS students will complete. The collaborating partner organization could be the student’s current employer, another organization in his or her local community, another organization in his or her country of residence, or an international organization.
No. The EMPS program runs for 24 consecutive months, one course at a time. An enrolled student will not be able to accelerate through the program or take multiple courses at a faster pace.
It is the responsibility of students to determine if their present country of residence and technology infrastructure will allow them to access the program.
All course content will be available on the Friday of the week it is scheduled at 8 a.m. US Central Standard Time. Previous content for lectures will remain accessible online until the end of that course.
Yes. Students can transfer up to 3 hours of core credit and 3 hours of elective credit from other programs, subject to advance approval by the UACS Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. Courses to be transferred must meet the following criteria: 1.) Be taken at an accredited higher education institution; 2.) Be passed with a grade of ‘B’ or better; 3.) For electives, have course content relevant to the EMPS degree and for core courses, have course content equivalent to the course taught in the EMPS program.
All assignments will be submitted through Blackboard, our online platform.
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