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Where Can I Find Public Service Management Courses Online?

There are courses and programs available online for those interested in public service management. Read on to learn more about these programs and the topics they cover.

Schools with Online Public Service Management Courses

Online public service management courses help professionals already in the field advance and improve their skills for higher-level positions. Courses can be completed anywhere at any time, which is especially helpful for people working full-time.

Important Facts About This Field of Study

Degree Levels Most online public service management courses are available through master's degree programs
Prerequisites Bachelor's degree, personal statement, current resume/CV
Concentrations Students in Master of Public Administration programs can specialize in Public Management, Criminal Justice, Health Administration and Emergency Management, among other options
Possible Careers Program Manager, Legislation Analyst, Quality Management Coordinator, Patient Services Supervisor
Job outlook (2016-2026) 18% (for all social and community service managers)
Median Salary (2018)$65,320 (for all social and community service managers)

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

DePaul University

The DePaul University School of Public Service offers a Master of Science in Public Service Management and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) online. Students in the MPA program can specialize in international public management, public management or metropolitan planning and urban affairs. DePaul's public service management program uses discussion forums and faculty-directed video and audio presentations to disseminate the information. Students are also encouraged to participate in national courses in Washington, DC, or New Orleans, LA, or in the school's study-abroad program. Online public service management courses in the program include the following topics:

  • Human resource management
  • Designing and analyzing policy
  • Public service research methods
  • Lobbying and advocacy

University of North Carolina

Online courses in public service management are offered through the University of North Carolina - Pembroke School of Graduate Studies. The school offers a Master of Public Administration combining curricula from public administration, political science, business, criminal justice and health administration.

The program is appropriate for students interested in entering the field as well as those already working in the public service management sector. Courses offered online include subjects such as those listed below:

  • Leadership in public administration
  • Economics of healthcare
  • Criminal justice policy
  • Emergency management

Golden Gate University

The Edward S. Ageno School of Business at Golden Gate University offers public service management courses online as part of its Executive Master of Public Administration program. Coursework is presented through online seminars and presentations, and students participate in discussions, case studies and written assignments. The program is designed for those already working in public service and focuses on managerial and executive topics. Online courses include topics such as those listed below:

  • Ethics in public service
  • Public service law
  • Business relations in the public sector
  • Organizational development