Executive Master of Public Service Degree (program begins March 2018)

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Frequently Asked Questions

General Information

  • 1.) What is the difference between the MPS and the EMPS?

    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 case study project.
  • 2.) What is the schedule of classes?

    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.
  • 3.) When does the program start/end?

    The inaugural enrollment term will be March 2018 and end March 2020.
  • 4.) Will you enroll a new cohort class every year?

  • 5.) How many people will you enroll in March 2018?

    Cohort size for the EMPS will be approximately 25 students.

Admission Information

  • 6.) What does a qualified applicant look like for the EMPS?

    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.
  • 7.) What are the requirements for a complete application?

    To apply, students must complete the online application form, submit a resume, complete essay questions, submit all previous transcripts of completed degrees, and two letters of recommendation. No graduate exam or application fee is required.
  • 8.) What is the application deadline?

    There are two application deadlines under which an applicant may choose to submit application. The Priority Deadline is July 31 – those who have fully submitted required documents by this deadline will be notified of their Admission Decision by August 25. The Regular Deadline is September 15 – those who have fully submitted required documents by this deadline will be notified of their Admission Decision by November 1. The EMPS program will start in March 2018.
  • 9.) Is there a deferment option for enrollment?

    No. Students will only be admitted for the current March 2018 enrollment cycle.

Cost & Payment Information

  • 10.) How much does the EMPS degree program cost?

    The EMPS degree program has a total cost of $33,600 in tuition and fees.
  • 11.) Are merit-scholarships available for admitted EMPS students?

    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.
  • 12.) What is the breakdown of tuition and fees?

    Tuition is $850 per credit hour. There is a one-time technology fee is of $500 and a one-time programming fee of $2500.
  • 13.) What is the payment schedule for tuition and fees?

    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.
  • 14.) Is there a different tuition for international students?

    No. The cost of the program is the same for domestic and international students.

Coursework & Degree Program Information

  • 15.) If a student needs to withdraw for any other reason, can the student pick up where she or he left off at his or her convenience?

    No. The EMPS program is designed on a set two-year progressive academic plan, and withdrawing during the program will unfortunately disrupt the sequence.
  • 16.) How many weekly hours of school work and classes are expected of the students? Is it possible to still work full-time and do the EMPS program?

    Students can expect up to 6 hours of on-line class work per week, plus an additional 5-8 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.
  • 17.) Is there a required live component to the weekly curriculum?

    Depending on the course, there may be infrequent real-time meetings but the majority of class work will be delivered on-line.
  • 18.) What is the field service project commitment for the EMPS degree?

    The Organizational Case Study 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.
  • 19.) Is there a list of course descriptions for the EMPS curriculum?

    Yes. A list of the course can be found here: http://clintonschool.uasys.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/EMPS-Courses-with-Descriptions.pdf
  • 20.) Is there an accelerated track for the EMPS program?

    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.
  • 21.) What are the computer/technology requirements?

    Students will need to have a computer with a webcam and a strong internet connection; students will also need the ability to access content and HD videos without filters or interruption.
  • 22.) Is this program accessible in my country?

    It is the responsibility of students to determine if their present country of residence and technology infrastructure will allow them to access the program.
  • 23.) Will course content be available 24 hours a day?

    All course content will be available on the Friday of the week it is scheduled at 8:00 a.m. US Central Standard Time. Previous content for lectures will remain accessible online until the end of that course.
  • 24.) Can I transfer courses into the EMPS program?

    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.
  • 25.) How will assignments be submitted? How will students be notified about their grades?

    All assignments will be submitted through Blackboard, our online platform.