2021-2022 Graduate Catalog

Master of Arts in Executive Development for Public Service

CIP Code


30 credits

This 30 credit hour interdisciplinary and intercollegiate degree prepares graduates to provide educational services in a variety of social, industrial, health and human services, military, and governmental settings. Students take a broad range of courses related to management and public agency administration which prepare them to function in an executive, managerial, or supervisory capacity within government or not-for-profit agencies. It is possible to complete the Master of Arts in Executive Development for Public Service via distance education or online options.

Program Objectives

  • Provide an in-depth examination of society and community.
  • Develop an awareness of the role of government in individual lives.
  • Emphasize an understanding of human behavior and the differences among individuals comprising public service organizations.
  • Teach principles of human relations and communication techniques.
  • Provide training in the application of principles of administration and management.
  • Provide opportunities to design a unique program of study based on educational expectations and occupational goals.

Degree requirements

The MA degree program in Executive Development for Public Service requires a minimum of 30 credits of graduate course work. Students must maintain a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Students must complete a research requirement as well as take a minimum of two courses in adult education and one course from four of the other seven categories of study which are listed below:

  • adult education, program evaluation, and staff development

  • business and related areas

  • communications

  • computer science and educational technology

  • educational administration and supervision

  • health science, gerontology, and wellness

  • political science

  • psychology

  • other concentrations approved by the student’s advisor

It is strongly recommended students choose one additional course from adult education, management, communication studies, political science, and psychology to complement their skills/competencies and to sharpen a public service focus.

In order to fulfill the research requirement, students often select one of the following courses: EDPS 640 - Methodology of Educational and Psychological Research; EDST 697 - The Grant Process and Research; EDST 660 - Ethnographic Research in Education; or POLS 625 - Research Methods in Political Science.


Students may elect to participate in a 2- or 3-credit internship experience with a business or a not-for-profit firm by enrolling in EDAC 699 Internship in Adult and Community Education. This field experience or internship is under the joint supervision of the university (supervisor) and an experienced practitioner in a business or nonprofit setting. The program director and/or department chairperson must approve of the internship experience. A total of 6 credits may be earned.