Master of Public Service

Become a Dynamic Leader

We help aspiring administrators become dynamic leaders.

Applications are now being accepted for Fall 2018 and will remain open until the cohort is full. 

Application reviews will start  February 1st, 2018 and final date to submit an application for the 2018 Fall cohort is May 31, 2018.

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.


The Master of Public Service (MPS) degree at UVU develops the next generation of public service administrators. The MPS offers students an applied and engaging public sector education with broad based knowledge, skills, and abilities in public service administration. The interdisciplinary curriculum focuses on managing, leading, and administering vital public services and public safety functions with an emphasis on ethical considerations, communications, strategic planning, public policy issues, and research methods.

The MPS requires 36 semester hours of graduate course work; currently offered all online. 

This dynamic, two-year part-time program offers required courses in public services administration, finance, legal issues, organizational behavior, and leadership.

Course Schedule - FALL 2018 Cohort

 Year Semester Course Title Credits


MPS 6000: Public Services Administration 3.0
  MPS 6060: Research Methods for Public Services 3.0


MPS 6020: Public Services Policy and Evaluation 3.0
  MPS 6050: Public Services Leadership and Ethics 3.0


MPS 6010: Finance and Budgeting for the Public Services 3.0
  MPS 6040: Organization Behavior in the Public Services 3.0


MPS 6030: Legal Issues for the Public Services 3.0
  MPS Elective Course 3.0


MPS Elective Course 3.0
  MPS Elective Course 3.0


MPS Elective Course 3.0
  MPS 690R: Public Services Project 3.0
Total Degree Credits 36.0

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 speak 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. Upload current resume that includes educational background and professional work experience.
  5. Pay $45 application fee. (The application and application fee differ for International Students).
  6. Send all official university transcripts. If requesting electronic copy from your university, official transcripts must be emailed to


  • transcript must include earned bachelor degree from a regionally-accredited college/university in a related field with at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA or last 60 semester credits.
  • GRE/GMAT scores are no longer required for this program.

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. 

MPS Information Sessions:


January 30 at 12:00 PM, February 28 at 12:00PM, March 29 at 12:00PM              Mountain Time Zone

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.  

First GoToMeeting? Try a test session: 


On campus:

January 25 at 4 PM3131 Mike Jense Pkwy, Provo, UT 84601-8200
February 15 at 4PM
March 15 at 4PM



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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