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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With a concentration in environmental policy, you will have the knowledge base and skills to bring sustainability solutions to corporate, government and nonprofit sectors.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The program is designed to prepare social workers who are capable of responding effectively to the needs of special populations in the Southwest.
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.