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.

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 some including synchronous meetings held in the evening and others being fully asynchronous. Additionally, while some elective course options may be offered on-campus, the program can also be completed fully online.

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.

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.

Faculty and Staff