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Public Service, Master

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  • 24 months
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The Master of Public Service (MPS) degree program is accredited through a consortium among the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville (UAF); the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR); and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).

Vision of Professional Public Service
  • We believe in the right of all individuals, without exclusion, to participate fully and democratically in the social, cultural, economic, and political systems that affect their lives. Therefore, professional public servants must understand, engage, and transform these complex systems to ensure equity, eliminate injustice, and effect positive social change.
  • We believe in the right of all individuals to reach their full potential and to embody the spirit of democracy. Therefore, public servants must join with those who are marginalized so they are advocates for bettering their own lives and developing their own communities.
  • We believe in moral leadership that includes integrity, compassion, and a commitment to social justice. Therefore, public servants must listen to and learn from diverse groups, compromise and build alliances, and take strategic and decisive action to advance the common good.

The mission of the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service is to educate and prepare professionals in public service who understand, engage, and transform complex social, cultural, economic, and political systems to ensure equity, challenge oppression, and effect positive social change.

We will realize our mission by:

  • Operating at the intersection of theory and practice.
  • Establishing, nurturing and maintaining a community of students, scholars, and experienced public servants.
  • Creating and sustaining partnerships and alliances with public, for-profit, non-profit, philanthropic, and volunteer sectors
  • Systematically evaluating the School’s effectiveness in fulfilling its mission.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

Master in Public Service (requires 40 credit hours for graduation)

  • Professionalism in Public Service (One credit hour)
  • Ethical and Legal Dimensions of Public Service (Two credit hours)
  • Foundations of Public Service (Two credit hours)
  • The Theory and Practice of Global Development (Three credit hours)

Executive Master of Public Service (requires a total of 36 hours)

  • Communication Processes
  • Advocacy in Public Service
  • Data Analysis
  • Organization Case Study

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.75

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.75 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Three short-answer essays
  • A current résumé or curriculum vitae that includes a description of public service experiences (submit by mail)
  • Official transcripts 
  • All students must be enrolled on a full-time basis.
  • Graduate admissions test scores. The GRE and MAT (code 6368) and GMAT (code 9575) are acceptable in fulfilling this requirement, and scores should be sent directly to UALR. The LSAT (code 6368) may be used only when applying for the concurrent Juris Doctor/Master of Public Service degree program.
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • An application fee of $50
  • Applicants must also be available for interviews in person or via video conference calls at the discretion of the Admissions Committee.

Work Experience

The successful applicant will have public service experience before, during, or following undergraduate studies.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    400 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 400 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    400 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 400 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    400 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 400 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Little Rock

  • 875 - 1320 USD/month
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