MPA: Public Service Leadership Program
The Public Service Leadership Program is for those who are already working in the public sector outside of the local government context and for those who aspire to contribute to such organizations.
It is desirable that Public Service Leadership Program applicants have experience at a professional level at the time of applying, though strong applicants with a lack of experience may also be considered. Students may enter the program in the fall or spring semester and can take courses in at any of our three locations: Lawrence, Topeka (20 miles west of Lawrence), or Overland Park (30 miles east of Lawrence in the Kansas City area).
Public Service Leadership Program students take the MPA core courses and three elective courses to fulfill the requirements of the degree.
Recent Public Service Leadership graduates include:
- Jeremy Anderson, Directory of Policy for the Kansas Governor's Office
- Karen Beckerman, Assistant Director for Economic and Employment Support, Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services
- Abby Coffin, Director of Program Coordination, KU School of Engineering
- Paul Farran, Director, Student Success Technology Services, University of Kansas
- Steve Frost, Regulatory Analyst at the Kansas Dept of Health & Environment
- Kristen Hellebust, Associate Editor for the Government Research Service
- Mike Irvin, Director of the Kansas Farm Bureau Legal Foundation
- Claudette Johns, Executive Director of the Kansas National Education Association (KNEA)
- Major Robin Montgomery, Aide-de-Camp to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
- Shannon Murphy, Deputy Director of Douglas County Community Corrections
- Ryan Roberts, Utilization Review Specialist for The Farm, Inc.
- Angela Williams, Instructional Coach for the Kansas City Missouri School District, Southeast K-8 Zoo Academy