Who is it for?

This nonprofit sector administration specialization is for those who want management positions in the nonprofit sector. It balances practical skills with a values-based foundation so you can become a dynamic member of your organization and community.


This specialization is ideal for:

  • Community organizations
  • Neighborhood associations
  • Child welfare agencies
  • Family support centers
  • Health care organizations
  • Municipal offices


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

Core Courses

Required courses (12 credits)

PUBS 6000 History & Theory of Leadership & Ethics 3 credit hours
PUBS 6205 Urban Policy and Public Service Administration 3 credit hours
PUBS 6210 Ethics in Public Service 3 credit hours
PUBS 6025 Research Methods 3 credit hours


Constrained electives (3 credits)

PUBS 6051 Contemporary Leadership 3 credit hours
PUBS 6215 Nature of Cities 3 credit hours
PUBS 6220 Organizational Behavior in Public Service 3 credit hours
PUBS 6230 Legal Issues in Public Service 3 credit hours
PUBS 6235 Communication and the Management
Process in Urban Service
3 credit hours
PUBS 6240 Urban Public Sector Economics 3 credit hours
PUBS 6995 Independent Study 1-3 credit hours
PUBS 6931 Topics in Public Service 1-3 credit hours


Specialization Courses

Specialization courses (15 credits)

NPSE 6521 Social Entrepreneurship: Non-profit Organizations 3 credit hours
NPSE 6525 Financial Matters in the Non-profit Sector 3 credit hours
NPSE 6530 Social Justice and Social Activism 3 credit hours
NPSE 6535 Legal Aspects of the Non-profit Sector 3 credit hours
ELECTIVE Contact 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: 12 required credits, 3 credits from constrained core electives, 15 credits from specialization courses, 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