Master of Arts in Public Service Leadership

Complex societal problems/issues need trained professionals to mitigate & problem solve as agents of change for their communities. The problem and solution focused, MA in Public Service Leadership degree is looking to bring together justice sensitive leaders who will mitigate complex societal problems and issues and lead to serve our communities.

This degree broadens the concept of public service and places specific emphasis on leadership in public service through governmental, non-profit, and human service organizations. Students will move between the disparate but overlapping health/social sectors and the values and skills attained are adaptable to a variety of organizations, including public-private partnerships.

Students will engage with one another and faculty through assignments, discussion, and exercises which will provide you with intellectual challenges and true dialogue that invites you to consider different ideas and realities in new and deeper ways. You will discern your unique and particular gifts and find ways to put that into the service of others.

MA in Public Service Leadership students elect to complete one of the two track options:

  • Disaster Management & Emergency Preparedness
  • Global Social & Sustainable Development


Total Number of Major Courses


Total Number of Major Credit Hours

30 credit hours

Start Terms

Students will start the master’s degree in Fall I (August) of each year.

Transfer Credit Accepted Toward Major

6 credit hours, requires program director approval

Schedule Format for Courses

Courses offered in 8-week sessions in a fully online format with evening synchronous meetings.

Course Locations

Online with synchronous meetings held in the evening.

Application and Admission Requirements

Completed application. When applying, please indicate your track preference.

Official transcripts from all prior institutions. To be eligible for admission, your transcript must show an earned bachelor's degree or a bachelor’s degree in progress (with an expected graduation to occur before the start of your graduate program).

2.5 GPA or higher and in good standing at all prior institutions. In exceptional cases, applicants whose undergraduate GPA is below 2.5 may be admitted. Each program area gives meaningful consideration to the applicant's graduate GPA, recommendations, professional experience and reasons for pursuing a graduate program.

Optional letter of recommendation (up to 2 letters accepted). If you supply your recommender's email address as part of your completed online application form, then your recommendation letters will be submitted directly through the online application system. Recommenders may be academic or professional in nature.

Personal statement. Please discuss how Loyola's Public Service Leadership Master’s Degree Program and our focus on “a reason for being” leadership will prepare you to achieve your career goals. Your statement should be 2 - 3 pages in length, double-spaced. For applicants who may feel that one or more parts of their application are weak, the personal statement provides the admission committee with more insight on your candidacy.

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