Master of Science in Public Service Administration

Your college degree opened a lot of doors. Now you want to take your career higher, expand your horizons, open new opportunities, and deepen your knowledge.

A Master of Science in Public Service Administration could be the best choice for you. This degree program is designed for anyone in a field where service to the public is a core value. The PSA program offers an in depth study of the tools needed for successful leaders in today's service-oriented work environment: leadership, marketing, management, communication, and professional skills that can help you become a more effective and productive leader in your chosen field. Best of all, you can earn this graduate degree in four semesters, attending class one night each week with no summer classes. Financial Aid is available.

“The University of Evansville’s Center for the Advancement of Learning MPSA degree was the perfect program for me, both personally and professionally. It enabled me to earn a master’s degree in two years, while being able to balance the other aspects of my daily life. In addition, going through the program with a cohort really allows you to build relationships that will last a lifetime.” Brad Clark, Associate Registrar, University of Evansville

Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution and at least three years of work experience. The following documents are required for admission:

  • Official transcripts from all educational institutions attended
  • Completed application
  • Brief resume that reflects a minimum of three years work experience
  • GRE or Miller Analogies Test scores or undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Two letters of reference


Foundation Block

  • PSA 505 - Public Service Leadership (3 credit hours)
  • PSA 506 - Ethics and Jurisprudence (3 credit hours)
  • PSA 508 - Social Justice and Diversity (3 credit hours)

Market Factors Block

  • PSA 516 Information Systems (3 credit hours)
  • PSA 520 Public Service Marketing (3 credit hours)
  • PSA 528 Public Service Finance (3 credit hours)

Management Block

  • PSA 512 Organizational Behavior (3 credit hours)
  • PSA 514 Management Theory and Human Resources (3 credit hours)
  • PSA 590 Decision Making (3 credit hours)

Professional Skills Block

  • PSA 507 Applied Research and Program Evaluation (3 credit hours)
  • PSA 543 Grant Writing (3 credit hours)
  • PSA 567 Measurement and Statistics (3 credit hours)

Harlaxton Study Abroad

Harlaxton College is located in the British midlands. PSA students are invited to join the UE Harlaxton Alumni trip, which is offered every other summer, for a week long visit to Harlaxton. Current PSA students may join this group while in the PSA program or following graduation, depending on their personal time schedule and preference. Students will visit several historic communities and explore the British culture.

Accommodations for this international experience include dormitory style rooms at Harlaxton Manor with a number of group travel opportunities pre-planned. Harlaxton Manor is a residence hall with dormitory style accommodations cleverly concealed within the manor house, a 101 room Victorian dwelling. PSA students use the same rooms traditional students occupy during the regular academic terms.

The schedule of costs is announced in late fall (alternating years) for both the PSA students and their guests. The schedule of costs includes room and board while at Harlaxton, and scheduled tours. Additional expenses include airfare, personal sightseeing and personal expenses.

Alumni relations handles this opportunity with a deposit required in January and remaining costs typically required by the end of March. Specific dates, times, and costs are announced in late fall.

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Kathy Taylor with Vanderburgh Community Foundation

The Master of Science in Public Administration program culminates with a two part grant writing course, instructed by Johnna Denning-Smith. In this course, students select a non-profit agency for a hands-on project. While this is an academic project, one recent graduate, Katherine (Kathy) Taylor was encouraged to actually submit her proposal to a grant-funding agency.

Working with Hangers, the EVSC Student Clothing Resource, Kathy submitted a grant proposal in May to the Vanderburgh Community Foundation. The proposal asked for funds to purchase a commercial washer and dryer to increase onsite laundry facilities, and to purchase an inventory control system to track donations. The application was successful and the grant was awarded on Sept 19. Kathy said, “It was amazing to see something that you’ve worked on in the classroom actually make a difference in the community.”

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“Completing the PSA program helped in my career in a few different ways. First, due to its flexibility, it allowed me to complete the program while working full-time without taking away from the quality of efficiency of my job. Second, it has helped me secure a promotion at my current job while undoubtedly opening new doors for me down the road.”

Scott Peace, Assistant Athletic Director, University of Evansville, MPSA 2018

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