The University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service is now accepting applications for enrollment in its Master of Public Service (MPS) degree program for the fall of 2018.
Competitive applicants will have a strong academic background, along with a demonstrated passion for helping others through public service.
The Clinton School MPS application is test-optional, meaning if applicants feel their previous academic transcripts, combined with their professional and public service experience, are sufficient, they are not required to submit a graduate school entrance exam in order to be considered for admission and scholarship.
The Clinton School strongly believes in educational accessibility, and in addition to being test-optional, the School has no application fee, inviting all interested public servants to apply to its MPS program.
The first school in the nation to offer a master’s degree in public service, the Clinton School welcomes students who are interested in pursuing or enhancing their careers in nonprofit, for-profit, or governmental work.
The Clinton School MPS program also offers concurrent degree programs in law, public health, and business. Partnerships with those degree programs include the Sam M. Walton College of Business (Master in Business Administration) at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville; The Fay W. Boozman School of Public Health (Master of Public Health) at the University of Arkansas for Medical Science (UAMS); and the William H. Bowen School of Law (Juris Doctor) at UA Little Rock.
Clinton School alums enjoy positions in government, education, and nonprofits, as well as sectors like business development, entrepreneurship, and fundraising. The unique partnerships afforded by the Clinton School enable matching opportunities with organizations and businesses around the world.
“Students at the Clinton School combine skills learned in the classroom with experience gained in the field to provide positive outcomes for the national and international organizations they serve,” said Clinton School Dean James L. “Skip” Rutherford III. “I’m very proud of our high graduation rates, high career placement rates, and the many personal and professional opportunities our students receive during and following their two years of study.”
Modeled on President Bill Clinton’s vision of building leadership through civic engagement, the Clinton School offers a practical approach to learning through the combination of coursework and for-credit field service projects.
During the two-year, 40 credit-hour program, Clinton School MPS students complete three field service projects: a team-based project in Arkansas during their first year; an international project during the summer after their first year; and a final individual project in an area of their own interest.
The program also offers the opportunity to learn and network with the Clinton School’s renowned speaker series. Over its 13-year history, the series has hosted nearly 1,200 programs that have totaled over 190,000 attendees and more than 450,000 online views.
The series hosts more than 100 speakers per academic year, including senators, cabinet officials, ambassadors, academics, CEOs, philanthropists, authors, and journalists. In the past year, the series hosted its 44th ambassador, 23rd Pulitzer Prize winner, and 11th head of state.
This spring, the Clinton School will launch its new Executive Master of Public Service degree. The first-of-its-kind program is offered entirely online, giving mid-career professionals the enhanced knowledge, skills and network they need to advance their careers without relocating while also being able to maintain full-time employment.
For more information on applying to the Clinton School, visit ClintonSchool.uasys.edu or contact the admissions office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (501) 683-5228.