Public Service Leadership MA

About the Public Service Leadership MA at Loyola

The Master of Arts in Public Service Leadership (MAPSL) program at Loyola's School of Continuing and Professional Studies is problem- and solution-focused. This forward-leaning degree program will prepare you to become an agent of change for your community through public service leadership.

Complex societal problems and issues require trained professionals who can serve as justice-sensitive leaders. The public service leadership degree places emphasis on critical roles in governmental, non-profit, and human service organizations. You will move between the disparate yet overlapping health/social sectors to attain values and skills that are adaptable to a variety of organizations, including public-private partnerships.

Program Structure

The MA in Public Service Leadership is a 10-course, 30-credit hour degree with six required core courses and four track-specific courses. As a student in the program, you can choose between two track options:

  • Disaster Management & Emergency Preparedness
  • Global Social & Sustainable Development

Complete the program within one year as a full-time student, or move at your own pace and complete the program on a part-time basis. Classes are offered online with synchronous meetings held in the evening.

Why Choose Loyola for Your MA in Public Service Leadership?

With a mix of knowledge, values, and skills drawn from an inter-professional, transdisciplinary approach, the program will challenge you to become a humanistic leader who can work collaboratively to find solutions to problems. As justice-sensitive leaders, our graduates help communities address entrenched and emerging societal issues.

An intellectually rich environment with options to focus your skills

As you engage with other students and faculty through assignments, discussions, and exercises, your public service leadership studies provide the intellectual challenges and true dialogue necessary to grasp diverse ideas and realities in new and deeper ways. You will discern your unique and particular gifts and find ways to put that into the service of others. Two degree tracks allow you to focus on where your greatest impact lies.

The program is designed for working adults who seek values- and social justice-based education and need the flexibility of an online program to assume leadership roles or advance careers with a graduate degree.

The MA in Public Service Leadership broadens the concept of “public service” to focus on providing action-oriented training and education that applies theory to real-life human services challenges, whether in the public, nonprofit, or for-profit sector. We'll prepare you for leadership with a challenging curriculum and relevant research opportunities, transforming learning into ethical, workable solutions to serve our communities, especially the most vulnerable among us.

Within the full spectrum of changing societal demands, public service leaders must adapt to a variety of settings and challenges that cross sectors. Our instructors are full-time faculty within different schools/disciplines at Loyola, and experts with a wide variety of practice and policy-based interests. Faculty members are working in diverse fields and bring real-world experiences in public service leadership, community engagement, communications, social development, and disaster management to the online learning environment.

Meet the Faculty

Loyola is proud to have talented and nationally-recognized scholar-teachers as part of our diverse community of exceptional faculty, students and staff. Loyola faculty are known for their commitment to teaching, the dissemination of knowledge through innovative and interdisciplinary scholarly research, and a commitment to social justice and cura personalis, or care for the whole person. Visit the School of Continuing and Professional Studies faculty and staff directory to learn more about the teachers and mentors involved with the Public Service Leadership MA program.

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Curriculum and Program Outcomes

While courses for the Public Service Leadership MA program may vary from semester to semester, Loyola’s extensive Academic Catalog will always house the official listing of courses, programs of study, academic policies, degree requirements, and specialization or concentration options.

Additionally, this resource will provide Public Service Leadership MA learning outcomes, showcasing the commitment to specific skills and growth graduates can expect to achieve following completion of the program.

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Costs, Scholarships, and Aid

Loyola University Chicago is committed to making your return to school a reality. Our Cost & Financial Aid page can help better inform you about the costs and potential funding opportunities through scholarships, loans, and aid for graduate and professional education.

If you are a current Loyola undergraduate or recent alum, you may be eligible for a Returning Rambler discount. Learn more and see if you qualify on our Returning Rambler Scholarship page.

Tuition and Costs

The estimated tuition and fees for the Public Service Leadership MA totals $22800.00, or 30 credit hours at a cost of $760.00 per credit hour. Please note that tuition and fees for all of Loyola's academic programs are subject to change.

For more detailed information about tuition and fees, and a breakdown of how these costs are calculated on a yearly basis, please visit Tuition and Fees from the Office of the Bursar.

Public Service Leadership MA Scholarships

Scholarship award decisions for all graduate degree-seeking students are made at admission. For selected students, SCPS offers scholarships to cover 20 percent of tuition costs. Additionally, we offer the opportunity for graduate students with a demonstrated high financial need to apply for scholarships after admission.

For detailed information about tuition, costs, and aid, please visit the SCPS Tuition & Financial Aid page.

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Application Process

Application Deadlines

The available start terms and corresponding application deadlines for the Public Service Leadership MA are listed below:

Fall: June 30
Fall Funding Deadline: February 15

Spring: November 30

Application Requirements

Application requirements for the Public Service Leadership MA include:

  • Transcripts

  • 2.5 Minimum GPA

  • Statement of Purpose

Statement of Purpose Details

Please write a brief statement describing your academic and research interests as well as your professional goals.

International Student Requirements

Additional information regarding the application process for international students can be found on the International Student Requirements page.

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