The School of Public Service at Old Dominion University supports the citizens of the region, state, and nation by providing excellence in educational programs, creating cutting edge knowledge, and disseminating the collective knowledge of SPS faculty and students to enhance the quality of life of our fellow citizens.

The mission of ODU School of Public Service is to lead in educating public service leaders, build and disseminate the public service knowledge, and directly address community challenges in the multi-sector environment. Read Director's Message

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Master of Public Administration

Prepares students for careers as professionals in public service and provides students who have considerable experience in the public sector an opportunity to enhance their professional knowledge, skills and abilities, enabling them to advance their careers.

Ph.D. in Public Administration & Policy

Develops expert leaders and scholars in public and non-profit administration and policy capable of creating and disseminating knowledge that advances public service in a multi-sector environment.

Minor in Public Service

Provides students with a solid theoretical foundation in the study and practice of public service, preparing students for citizenship, leadership, and careers in governmental and non-profit agencies.

Master of Public Administration Early Start

Provides qualified ODU undergraduate students with the opportunity to earn credits towards a Master in Public Administration (MPA) degree during their senior year.

Graduate Certificate in Public Procurement & Contract Management

This online graduate certificate program provides students the skills and tools to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of procurement and contract management in public-sector organizations.

Graduate Certificate in Public Administration & Policy

Helps working professionals upgrade their skills in the areas of policy analysis and public management by developing analytical and management knowledge and capabilities.