B.S. in Public Service Leadership

“Pursuing the BPSL program at NIU has been one of the greatest decisions of my life. The program is very convenient and affordable, allowing me to work and obtain an education, but more importantly it provided me with an outstanding learning experience. The small classroom size mixed with mid-career students and taught by a group of accomplished instructors and professors made class discussion engaging and practical. I highly recommend this program to anyone thinking of pursuing it.” Austin Pollack MPA ('16) Senior Management Analyst, Village of Elk Grove, IL

About the Program

Do you work in the field of public service and want to advance your career? Completing a bachelor's degree in applied management - public service can open doors to new positions and leadership opportunities. Our online degree completion program is designed for working professionals like you who are ready to take their career to the next level. Career options for graduates include:

  • Public works director
  • Police sergeant
  • Emergency management director
  • Fire lieutenant
  • Water/wastewater supervisor

Our program allows you to earn up to 30 hours of proficiency credit based on your professional credentials. In order to apply, you must have at least two years of experience in a related field and an associate degree (A.A.A., A.A. or A.S.).

Program Mode of Delivery

This program is entirely online.


You will take classes in subjects such as public service leadership, public budgeting, and intercultural communications.

Information about specific course requirements can be found in the NIU course catalog.

Applying to the Program

You'll apply as a transfer student. Start your application now.


Faculty from political science, public administration, economics, sociology, business and communications will teach your courses.

Why NIU Online?

We know you have responsibilities and commitments. It's just easier if you're able to take classes where you are without the commute. The good news is that with NIU, you're not alone. Your classmates and instructors are available via the same technology that helps deliver your classes. In our classrooms or in your living room, we want you to succeed academically because your future is our focus.

Program Type: Online bachelor's degree completion
College: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, School of Public and Global Affairs
Credits Required: 40-70
Tuition per Credit: $377.04 (Learn more about tuition and fees)

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Application Deadlines

Term Deadline
Fall August 1
Summer May 15
Spring  December 1



Contact advisor Colleen Barker at lynchbarker@niu.edu or 815-753-0114.

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