Graduate programs

Advance your career and your community. Pursue a graduate degree through the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions.

Be a part of a comprehensive public service college at a Research 1 university with strong local and global connections. 

Prospective students interested in graduate program offerings within the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions at Arizona State University are encouraged to submit their application materials as early as possible. Visit the ASU Graduate College website to learn more.

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Prospective Student Contact:

Our Recruitment Team in The Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions is here to help provide admissions guidance and support to prospective students.

Please call us at (602) 496-7827 or email us using the addresses below: 

Undergraduate

publicservice.recruitment@asu.edu 

Graduate

publicservice.gradrecruitment@asu.edu

Master's programs

Community Resources and Development, M.S.

The master's program prepares you to analyze and understand critical topics and issues pertinent to the fields of tourism; parks and recreation management; nonprofits community development, and sustainability. You can customize your coursework to meet your goals by choosing a degree specific concentration in Nonprofits & NGOs, Parks & Recreation Management, Sustainable Communities, or Tourism.

Criminal Justice, M.A.

Offered online, this degree program provides you with advanced training in program planning and management, policy analysis and program evaluation in as little as 18 months. 

Criminology and Criminal Justice, M.S.

The MS in criminology and criminal justice is a research degree designed to provide you with a high level of theoretical and empirical knowledge about crime and criminal justice. *Offered concurrently with MPA & MPP.

Emergency Management and Homeland Security, M.A.

Offered online, this degree helps you influence resilient communities through more effective management of hazards and crises. You can customize your coursework to meet your goals by choosing a concentration in emergency management, homeland security, community resilience, or biosecurity and threat management. The program can be completed in as little as one year.

Executive Master of Public Administration, EMPA

The ASU Executive MPA is a 19-month, online program designed for experienced public sector leaders throughout the world. The degree enables you to maintain work/life balance while building your professional network and portfolio through cohort designed courses, executive sessions in Phoenix and Washington, D.C, and the partnership with the McCain Institute for International Leadership.

Nonprofit Leadership and Management, MNLM

Offered online, this degree is intended for professionals who work in or desire to work in the nonprofit sector. The courses address key responsibilities in nonprofit organizations and the social sector such as financial and resource management, entrepreneurship, and grant writing. 

Program Evaluation, M.S.

This program is designed to provide graduate-level instruction and experience in conducting evaluation research with training in a broad spectrum of evaluation research methods.

Public Administration, MPA

The MPA is an interdisciplinary, professional degree program designed to prepare you for public service, public management and policy analysis at the local, state and national levels of government. *Offered concurrently with American Indian Studies M.S., Criminology &Criminal Justice M.S., Social Work MSW, Sustainable Solutions M.S., and Urban & Environmental Planning M.S.

Public Administration (Emergency Management), MPA

The concentration in emergency management prepares graduates for a challenging career as a professional emergency manager. This program allows you to focus on concerns related to emergency management within the larger field of public administration. 

Public Administration (Nonprofit Administration), MPA

The concentration in nonprofit administration is intended for professionals who work in or desire to work in the nonprofit sector and who wish to explore research, theory and the practice of management and leadership in the nonprofit sector.

Public Administration (Urban Management), MPA

The urban management concentration provides knowledge and skills for those seeking careers in local urban government management and enables you to develop the skills and techniques used by city and urban leaders and managers.

Public Policy, MPP

The master's in public policy program will prepare you for professional careers as policy analysts and leaders in public service involved in the formulation, approval, implementation and evaluation of public policy at all levels of government and in the private and nonprofit sectors. *Offered concurrently with Criminology & Criminal Justice M.S., Sustainable Solutions M.S., and Urban & Environmental Planning M.S.

Public Policy (Environmental Policy), MPP

With a concentration in environmental policy, you will have the knowledge base and skills to bring sustainability solutions to corporate, government and nonprofit sectors.

Public Policy (Policy Informatics), MPP

This concentration emphasizes theories and research concerning decision-making, complexity theory and visualization of quantitative and qualitative information, collective intelligence, behavioral economics, and persuasive technologies.

Public Policy (Science & Technology Policy), MPP

This concentration emphasizes theories and research concerning the role of science in decision-making, complexity theory, institutional design of knowledge production organizations, national innovation systems, innovation and industrial policy, technology transfer and research evaluation.

Public Safety Leadership & Administration, MPSLA

Offered online, this degree prepares you, as a public safety professional, with the skills and knowledge needed in leadership roles in public safety organizations. You can customize your coursework to meet your goals by choosing a concentration in emergency medical services, executive fire administration or executive police administration. The program can be completed in as little as one year.

Social Work (Standard Program), MSW

Offered in Phoenix, Tucson, and online, this degree prepares social workers for advanced direct practice or planning, administration and community practice. *Also Offered concurrently with MPA.

Social Work (Advanced Direct Practice), MSW

The program is designed to prepare social workers who are capable of responding effectively to the needs of special populations in the Southwest.

Social Work (Planning, Administration and Community Practice), MSW

The curriculum for this is designed to provide you with knowledge, skill, and practice opportunities in the areas of program planning and evaluation, administration, policy analysis and advocacy, and community practice. 

Sustainable Tourism, MAS

Be on the forefront of sustainable tourism with this online degree. Curriculum designed to redefine future sustainable tourism professionals’ roles as decision makers and leaders when considering the environmental, economical, and social aspects of tourism.