Graduate programs

Advance your career and your community. Pursue a graduate degree through the 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 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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Master's programs

Community Resources and Development, M.S.

The master's program prepares students to analyze and understand critical topics and issues pertinent to the fields of tourism; parks and recreation management; nonprofits and nongovernmental organizations; and sustainable communities.

  1. Community Resources and Development (Nonprofits & NGOs), M.S.
  2. Community Resources and Development (Parks & Recreation Management), M.S.
  3. Community Resources and Development (Sustainable Communities), M.S.
  4. Community Resources and Development (Tourism), M.S.

Criminal Justice, M.A.

This degree program provides you with advanced training in program planning and management, policy analysis and program evaluation. 

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.

The MA in emergency management and homeland security degree program will help you promote healthier and more vibrant communities through more effective management of hazards and crises. You can choose a concentration in four areas, or declare no concentration: emergency management, homeland security, community resilience, or biosecurity and threat management.

Executive Master of Public Administration, EMPA

The ASU Executive MPA Program is designed for public sector leaders throughout the world. You will participate in the program as part of a learning cohort, and the one-course-at-a-time online structure will enable you to maintain a work/life balance as you immerse yourself in each topic.

Nonprofit Leadership and Management, MNLM

The program provides an opportunity to obtain an advanced degree that addresses the unique character of nonprofit organizations and the social sector. 

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 students 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 students 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

As a graduate of this program, you should expect to find employment and advancement in all levels of government agencies from local to the private sector. You can choose one of three concentration areas: emergency medical services, executive fire administration or executive police administration.

Social Work (Standard Program), MSW

The professional program leading to the MSW prepares social workers for advanced direct practice or planning, administration and community practice. *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

The program prepares future sustainable tourism professionals to meet the increasing demand for people trained in sustainability practices and the application of those practices in tourism.