Prospective StudentsCurrent StudentsAlumniParentsFaculty & StaffMedia
AdmissionsProgramsAboutResearch & ScholarshipAthleticsCareersGiving to Marquette
Marquette Central


Bulletin Home | A-Z Directory | Previous Bulletins | PDF Version PDF Version



Program Director: Jay L. Caulfield, Ph.D.
marquette.edu/cps/graduate_programs_public_service_index.shtml

Degree Offered

Master of Arts in Public Service, Plan B only

Specializations

Criminal Justice Administration, Dispute Resolution, Health Care Administration, Leadership Studies, Nonprofit Sector

Program Description

Public Service is an interdisciplinary program administered by Marquette University’s College of Professional Studies. Within the program, students may pursue focused study in one of the five specializations described below.

Criminal Justice Administration

The criminal justice administration specialization seeks to produce broadly-educated, highly-motivated, thoroughly-trained professionals and scholars to meet the challenges of urban society. Several objectives underlie the scope and content of the program: 1) to provide urban stewards with an ethical and scholarly understanding of the issues and ramifications of current and anticipated policies in criminal justice; 2) to develop persons capable of exercising independent, analytical thought consistent with the needs of a democratic society; 3) to provide a core of leaders familiar with the issues of criminal justice management and policy analysis.

Dispute Resolution

The dispute resolution specialization attempts to combine the fields of law, business, psychology, sociology, political science, health sciences, education, and communication in dealing with today's multi-faceted issues in resolving disputes. The program seeks to train professionals, primarily those in the fields of law, health care, education and business, to practice as third party neutrals in the field of dispute resolution or to be knowledgeable participants in dispute resolution processes.

Marquette University also offers master’s and certificate programs in dispute resolution. (See the Program section of Dispute Resolution for description and details.)

Health Care Administration

The health care administration specialization seeks to prepare working professionals to meet the leadership challenges of today’s health care system. As managed care and the integration of health care delivery continue to evolve, new skills and knowledge are needed to keep pace with current health care demands. The program provides a foundation in finance, economics, policy, leadership, systems and outcome planning and evaluation, specifically related to the changing health care system. Through the many elective offerings (informatics, case management, marketing, program development, administrative practicum, conflict resolution, long-term care and more), students may explore a wide range of special interests.

Leadership Studies

The leadership studies specialization prepares students to meet the challenges of leadership on multiple levels, including self-leadership, leadership in the context of interpersonal relationships, leadership where diversity is the norm and leadership in organizations. This specialization prepares students to be ethical leaders who are skilled at: leading themselves, leading and managing relationships, leading in organizations, leading and managing change and leading within a variety of contexts.

Marquette University also offers master’s and certificate programs in leadership studies. (See the Program section of Leadership Studies for description and details.)

Nonprofit Sector

The nonprofit sector specialization seeks to provide training for individuals who plan a career in the third sector. Administrative and leadership preparation are particularly central to this training as executives handle budgets, board memberships, personnel oversight, corporate statutes and program development.

Prerequisites for Admission

Applicants to the public service specializations must hold a baccalaureate degree, or its academic equivalent, from a college or university of recognized standing. The undergraduate background must be appropriate to the chosen course of study. Generally, applicants should have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.000 (on a scale of 4.0 0) in their undergraduate course work. Previous professional experience will be a serious consideration in the admission decision.

Application Requirements

Applicants must submit, directly to the Graduate School:

  1. A completed application form and fee online at marquette.edu/grad/future_apply.shtml.
  2. Official transcripts from all current and previous colleges/universities except Marquette.
  3. Three letters of recommendation from academic or professional sources.
  4. Official test scores from the GRE (preferred), GMAT, or LSAT. Waived if the applicant has completed any advanced degree from any school – M.A., M.S., M.B.A., Ph.D., J.D., or M.D.
  5. A statement of purpose.
  6. (For international applicants only) a TOEFL score or other acceptable proof of English proficiency. 

Public Service Master's Requirements

Students must complete a total of thirty-six (36) credit hours of course work for the master of arts in public service. One of the five specializations (criminal justice administration, dispute resolution, health care administration, leadership studies, nonprofit sector) must be chosen.

Students must complete 12 credits of required core course work, 3 credits of constrained elective core course work, plus 15 specialization credits of course work. Students must also choose one of three integrative learning options:

  1. 6 credits of a professional project (PUBS 6998 Professional Project in Public Service),
  2. 6 credits of a research article of publishable quality (PUBS 6998 Professional Project in Public Service), or
  3. 6 credits of additional course work followed by a comprehensive examination.

For options 1 and 2 above, students must submit the project outline to be approved by their program adviser and by the Graduate School.

Students must complete the program within six years. Students are expected to earn a B or above in all courses and must maintain a 3.000 cumulative grade point average to earn the degree of master of arts in public service.

Criminal Justice Administration

Students must complete a total of 36 credit hours of course work:

PUBS 6000History and Theory of Leadership and Ethics3
PUBS 6025Research Methods in Social Sciences3
PUBS 6205Urban Policy and Public Service Administration3
PUBS 6210Ethics in Public Service3
CJAD 6400Critical Issues in Criminal Justice3
CJAD 6405Criminological Theory in Public Service and Social Policy3
3 credits of elective core course work (any PUBS course not yet chosen)3
9 credits of elective specialization course work (any CJAD courses not yet chosen)9
One of the three integrative learning options outlined above.6
Total Credit Hours36


Students enrolled in the law enforcement leadership and management (LELM) certificate program may take PUBS 6571 Economics and Budgeting of Policing in lieu of PUBS 6240 Urban Public Sector Economics and may take PUBS 6581 Police Leadership and Ethics in lieu  of PUBS 6000 History and Theory of Leadership and Ethics. The two final courses that make up the LELM certificate (CJAD 6510 Policies in Policing and CJAD 6511 Legal Issues in Law Enforcement) will go toward CJAD elective specialization requirements for this degree.

Dispute Resolution

Students must complete a total of 36 credit hours of course work:

PUBS 6000History and Theory of Leadership and Ethics3
PUBS 6025Research Methods in Social Sciences3
PUBS 6205Urban Policy and Public Service Administration3
PUBS 6210Ethics in Public Service3
DIRS 6600Mediation3
DIRS 6605Advanced Mediation3
DIRS 6610Dispute Resolution Theory3
DIRS 6615Advanced Issues in Dispute Resolution3
DIRS 6964Practicum in Dispute Resolution3
3 credits of elective core course work (any PUBS course not yet chosen)3
One of the three integrative learning options outlined above.6
Total Credit Hours36

Health Care Administration

Students must complete a total of 36 credit hours of course work:

PUBS 6000History and Theory of Leadership and Ethics3
PUBS 6025Research Methods in Social Sciences3
PUBS 6205Urban Policy and Public Service Administration3
PUBS 6210Ethics in Public Service3
or NURS 6007 Ethics, Policy, and Health Care Advocacy
HEAL 6820Health Care Program Development3
HEAL 6841Health Care Finance3
HEAL 6848Health Care Policy3
NURS 6009Organizational and Systems Leadership3
3 credits of elective core course work (any PUBS course not yet chosen)3
3 credits of elective specialization course work:3
Accounting Foundations
Mediation
Case Management
Health Care Informatics
Ethical Issues, Regulatory Environment and Human Resource Management
Diversity in Organizations
Training and Development
Theoretical Constructs: Dimensions of Aging
Issues in Long Term Care Administration
Advanced Practicum: Care of Older Adults
Practicum in Public Service
Independent Study in Public Service
or other courses approved by adviser.
One of the three integrative learning options outlined above.6
Total Credit Hours36

Leadership Studies

Students must complete a total of 36 credit hours of course work:

PUBS 6000History and Theory of Leadership and Ethics3
PUBS 6025Research Methods in Social Sciences3
PUBS 6205Urban Policy and Public Service Administration3
PUBS 6210Ethics in Public Service3
LEDR 6000History and Theory of Leadership and Ethics3
LEDR 6005Self-Leadership3
LEDR 6010Conflict Resolution, Negotiation and Team Leadership3
LEDR 6030Qualitative Research In Leadership Studies3
or LEDR 6035 Applied Quantitative Methods in Leadership Studies
3 credits of elective core course work (any PUBS course not yet chosen)3
3 credits of elective specialization course work (any LEDR course not yet chosen)3
One of the three integrative learning options outlined above.6
Total Credit Hours36

Nonprofit Sector

Students must complete a total of 36 credit hours of course work:

PUBS 6000History and Theory of Leadership and Ethics3
PUBS 6025Research Methods in Social Sciences3
PUBS 6205Urban Policy and Public Service Administration3
PUBS 6210Ethics in Public Service3
NPSE 6521Social Entrepreneurship: Leadership and Management Issues for the Third Sector3
NPSE 6525Financial Matters in the Non-Profit Sector3
NPSE 6530Social Justice and Social Activism3
NPSE 6535Legal Aspects of the Non-Profit Sector3
3 credits of elective core course work (any PUBS course not yet chosen)3
3 credits of elective specialization course work:3
Victims and Victims Policy
Clinical Issues in Criminal Justice
Topics in Criminal Justice
Health Care Program Development
Health Care Quality Improvement
Health Care Finance
Health Care Policy
Ethical Issues, Regulatory Environment and Human Resource Management
Organizational Behavior
Practicum in Public Service
or other courses approved by adviser.
One of the three integrative learning options outlined above.6
Total Credit Hours36