MPS FAQs

What are the admissions requirements?

  • Earned bachelor degree from a regionally-accredited college/university in a related field with at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  • Complete MPS Graduate School Application.
  • Submit official transcripts.
  • Provide two letters of recommendation.
  • Submit resume.
  • Submit answer to essay questions.

What are the graduation requirements?

  • Complete all course work with a B or higher.
  • Maintain at least a 3.0 GPA.

How and when will courses be delivered?

  • Students will enroll in two courses each semester: fall, spring, and summer.
  • Courses will be delivered online. 

How will the program be delivered?

  • The MPS will be delivered as a part-time program over a two-year period. Students will enroll in two courses each semester: fall, spring, and summer.

What is the schedule of courses?

MPS course schedule by year and semester

What electives are available for this program?

  • Students will be able to choose from a variety of electives. Currently, electives are available from within emergency services and criminal justice. Additional electives are being considered within emergency management, national security, cyber security, public and community health, and additional courses in administration/management of public services.

Do I need to take the GRE or GMAT?

  • No, GRE or GMAT scores are no longer required for admission into this program.  

Which is better: GRE or GMAT?

  • Either is acceptable, neither is preferred. UVU has access to a process that allows us to compare GMAT and GRE scores.

How many students will be admitted into the program?

  • The MPS program will admit a cohort of 25 students.

What does it mean that this program uses a cohort?

  • A cohort is a group of people banded together as a group. The 25 students selected for the cohort will attend core courses together over the first year.

When will applications be reviewed and the cohort selected?

  • Application reviews will start March 1, 2017 and continue until the cohort is filled. Final date to submit an application for the 2017 fall cohort is May 1st.

Is this program accredited?

  • Our MPS is regionally approved by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
  • We will seek program accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). This is the same body that accredits Master of Public Administration (MPA) programs. NASPSAA requires that a program operate for at least a four-year period before seeking accreditation.

What are the essay questions?

  1. Why are you pursuing a graduate degree in Public Service?
  2. What makes you a good candidate for this program?
  3. What are your professional goals?

How do I apply to the MPS Program?

  1. Complete online application at www.apply.uvu.edu
  2. Provide two letters of recommendation. Name and email address of professional references will be entered in the application.
  3. Submit GRE or GMAT scores.
  4. Send all official university transcripts. If requesting electronic copy from your university, official transcripts must be emailed to etranscriptr@uvu.edu.
  5. Upload current resume that includes educational background and professional work experience.
  6. Provide responses to the essay questions.
  7. Pay $45 application fee. (The application fee differs for International Students).

What are tuition costs for this program?

  • The tuition and fees for the MPS program will be finalized in the summer of 2017 by the Utah State Board of Regents. Our current proposed resident tuition and student fees for one 3 semester hour course is $1,305. Total cost per semester is $2,610.
  • Please keep in mind that these are proposed fees. Updates will be provided on our MPS website.

Are any scholarships available?

  • With this being a new degree, we currently do not have specific scholarships for our program. Dean McEntire will be working with our Development Officer to seek funding of scholarships for this program. We encourage you to visit the university's scholarship web page to see if you qualify for other available scholarships.

Is financial aid available for the MPS degree?

  • Yes, for information about available financial aid please visit the MPS website and Financial Aid under the quick links tab.

Can I transfer graduate credit to the MPS degree?

  • Yes. Generally, graduate courses from another regionally accredited institution can be transferred, up to 12 hours, if completed within four years of the graduate student's matriculation into the MPS. For additional information on graduate transfer credit requirements visit the quick link on the MPS web site.

What is the job outlook, pay and types of jobs available with this degree?

  • Job openings and pay vary depending on the specific public service area you are interested in. Provided are a few websites where you can find specific information:

    • A national resource is BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook website. For example, here is the detail for the occupation group “protective services” and “public service”  from that website. Note that this information is a national aggregate and not specific to Utah.

    • For Utah specific occupation data, you may find the Utah DWS occupation website useful. You can search by keyword but since a search has to match the government defined occupation title, it is often easier to use the drop down menu in Option 2. Option 3 provides a drop down of occupational groups which is helpful for listing all of the occupations within an area. For example, when you open “protective services” in option 3, and select “first line supervisors police and detectives (33-1012)” a full data report provides growth projections, wage information and other data by Utah metro area. 

    • The UVU Career Development Center also has additional information on labor market and salaries.