Who is it for?

The specialization is designed for working professionals who want to prepare themselves for leadership positions in public service organizations.

It is geared toward those who want to excel in citizenship and community development. It balances practical skills with a value-based foundation so you can become a dynamic member of your organization and your community.


The Public Service Specialization gives you skills that apply to man organizations, including:

  • Civic groups
  • Government
  • Professional associations
  • Volunteer boards
  • Fundraising committees


To earn a master's degree in leadership studies, students must complete 36 hours of course work.

Leadership Studies Core Courses (18 credits)

Class Name Course Title Credit Hours
LEDR 6000 History and Theory of Leadership and Ethics* 3 credit hours
LEDR 6005 Self-Leadership 3 credit hours
LEDR 6010 Conflict Resolution, Negotiation and Team Leadership 3 credit hours
LEDR 6025 Research Methods 3 credit hours
LEDR 6015 Influence of Leadership on Behavior in Organizations --- OR --- 3 credit hours
LEDR 6020 Leaders as Worldly Citizens 3 credit hours
LEDR 6030 Qualitative Research and the Social Impact on Leaders' Decisions --- OR --- 3 credit hours
LEDR 6035 Applied Quantitative methods in Leadership Studies 3 credit hours
  *Prereq for all LEDR course work  


Public Service Specialization Courses (12 credits)

Class Name Course Title Credit Hours
PUBS 6205 Urban Policy and Public Service Administration 3 credit hours
PUBS 6210 Ethics in Public Service 3 credit hours
ELECTIVE Contact your advisor for elective options 3 credit hours
ELECTIVE Contact your advisor for elective options 3 credit hours


Integrative Learning Options

Integrative Learning Options (choose one)

Professional Project

  • Six (6) credits of a professional project. This course is taken three credits at a time, preferably in two consecutive semesters. The professional project courses are generally not offered during summer.

There are basically two (2) options for a professional project.

  1. Work independently with a faculty advisor and possibly an organization to produce a research based service or product.
  2. Submit for publication to a peer reviewed journal the findings from a research study, which has been supervised by a faculty member.

Comprehensive Exams*

  • Thirty-six (36) credits of course work followed by a comprehensive examination. Students will take: 18 required core credits, 6 required specialization credits, 6 elective specialization options, and the final 6 credits should be approved by the program advisor.



Contact College of Professional Studies

Email the college

Marquette University College of Professional Studies
707 Building, Room 403
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee WI 53201-1881
Phone: (414) 288-3153 or (800) 793-6450, extension 2
FAX: (414) 288-3298