Clinton School Accepting Applications for Fall 2020 MPS Cohort

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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 2020.

Those interested in applying for fall 2020 enrollment can apply online now. The MPS application deadline is January 20, 2020. Visit the Clinton School’s MPS FAQ page for more information.

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 and there is no application fee required.

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 a variety of industries, including nonprofit, for-profit, and 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 of 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 Sciences (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. The series hosts more than 100 speakers per academic year, including senators, cabinet officials, ambassadors, academics, CEOs, philanthropists, authors, and journalists.

For more information on applying to the Clinton School, visit or contact the admissions office at or (501) 683-5228.



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