Enhance your opportunities for leadership in public service.
Earn your EMPS Online.
The first-of-its-kind Executive Master of Public Service (EMPS) degree at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service is offered entirely online, giving mid-career professionals the enhanced knowledge, skills and network they need to advance their careers without relocating or disrupting their personal lives.
The EMPS program builds on the success of the Clinton School Master of Public Service (MPS) which was founded in 2004 as the first graduate degree program in public service in the nation. The MPS is an in-person full-time degree, based in Little Rock, Arkansas, featuring classroom education.
The EMPS is a distance program, entirely formatted through online courses. Grounded in critical analysis and the formulation of program and policy options, the EMPS teaches students to build stronger communities by understanding, engaging, and transforming complex systems to ensure equity and create positive social change.
Clinton School alums enjoy positions in government, education, and nonprofits, as well as sectors like business development, entrepreneurship, and fundraising.
The program also offers the opportunity to learn and network with the Clinton School’s renowned distinguished lecture series. In its 13-year history, the speaker series has hosted nearly 1,300 programs and welcomed more than 200,000 attendees. More than 500,000 people from over 200 countries have viewed the series online. Guests of the series include 47 ambassadors, 23 Pulitzer Prize winners, 12 heads of state, and seven Nobel Prize winners.
The EMPS program can be an excellent choice for individuals considering either a Master of Public Policy (MPP) or Master of Public Administration (MPA) graduate degree. Much like a MPP or MPA, the EMPS equips individuals to serve as managers in executive roles of local, state, and federal governments, and thrive in positions with nonprofits and businesses alike.
However, while a MPP or MPA primarily teaches students how to manage the world, the EMPS teaches students how to change it.
The ideal EMPS candidate 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. Are you ready to join a cohort of fellow leaders?
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