Master of Public Service

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The Master of Public Service (MPS) is designed to develop the next generation of public service administrators in the areas of emergency services, criminal justice, and homeland security. The MPS offers students an applied public sector education with broad based knowledge, skills, and abilities in public service administration. It focuses on administering vital public services, public safety functions, ethical considerations, leadership, and strategic communications, along with issues in emergency management, civil security/resiliency, public works, transportation, critical infrastructure protection, post-disaster humanitarian response, pandemics, strategic planning, public health, and public policy issues.

Applications are now being accepted for Fall 2017 for the part-time program with courses delivered at the UVU Orem and Provo-Airport campuses. The application is open until the cohort is full. 

Application reviews will start March 1st, 2017 and final date to submit an application for the 2017 fall cohort is May 1st, 2017.

Contact the MPS Office today to schedule an appointment to receive answers for your questions and get details about the application process.

Have questions in the meantime? Please visit our FAQs.

Program Options

This dynamic, two-year part-time program offers required courses in public services administration, finance, legal issues, organizational behavior, and leadership. The program also offers two areas of electives courses: emergency services and criminal justice.

The emergency services electives include the following:

  • Psychology and the emergency services responder
  • Disaster, vulnerability, and impacts
  • Emergency planning and response
  • Social vulnerability in emergencies

The criminal justice electives include the following:

  • Information based decision-making
  • Criminal justice policy
  • Contemporary issues in criminal justice
  • Seminar in criminal justice

Program Learning Outcomes

Students graduating with a Master of Public Service will have achieved the following learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrate the ability to solve public service related problems and to make effective decisions in a dynamic and constantly changing environment.
  • Demonstrate ability to prepare and execute budgets with an understanding of public finance principles and procedures for planning, mitigation, response, and recovery related to every-day delivery of public services, as well as public safety and disaster-related threats.
  • Develop an understanding of risk management methods as they relate to public services.
  • Develop an understanding of the legal, regulatory, human resource, and ethical issues surrounding service delivery administration, emergency response, safety, security, and resiliency for the community, state and/or nation.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the technical and leadership aspects of all levels of public services, including emergency management and the mitigation of, planning for, response to and recovery from exigent circumstances.

Application Process

To apply for the part-time MPS program:

  1. Schedule appointment to meet with MPS Admissions staff to review admissions requirements.
  2. Complete online application at, which includes uploading responses for essay question.
  3. Provide two letters of recommendation. Name and email address of professional references will be entered in the application.
  4. Submit GRE or GMAT scores. Consideration to waive the graduate test requirement may be given based on 2-3 years of sustentative public service experience or a high GPA. More information can be found in our Request to Waive Graduate Exam Requirement guidelines.
  5. Send all official university transcripts. If requesting electronic copy from your university, official transcripts must be emailed to
    • Note: transcript must include earned bachelor degree from a regionally-accredited college/university in a related field with at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  6. Upload current resume that includes educational background and professional work experience.
  7. Pay $45 application fee. (The application and application fee differ for International Students).

Contact Us

For additional questions, contact the MPS Office by calling (801) 863-7635, or by email at


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Information Session:

Students interested in learning more about the dynamic MPS program at UVU are invited to attend an upcoming information session.

At the info session, you will hear about our dynamic program from current faculty and staff, including details about class dates and times, application deadlines, and prerequisite requirements. 

There are no information sessions scheduled at this time. Please contact us directly with any questions about the MPS program. 


Tuition and student fees are established by the Utah State Board of Regents. The most recent tuition information has been updated beginning Summer 2016 and is viewable on the link below.

Tuition and student fees are subject to change without notice and will be updated as new information is released. Should a tuition increase take place, it is usually applied beginning summer semester. Historically, tuition increases have been approximately 3%.

We encourage students to take potential tuition changes into consideration when establishing resources for financial aid.

For additional information regarding tuition see

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