University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service

Established: 2004

At a Glance

Located on the grounds of the William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Park in Little Rock, the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service is the first graduate school in the nation to offer a Master of Public Service (MPS) degree, helping students further their careers in the areas of government, non-profit, volunteer and private sector service. As part of the school’s unique curriculum, students complete three hands-on public service projects, including local work in Arkansas communities and international projects on six continents. The school also hosts a renowned public lecture series, featuring leaders in government, politics, foreign policy, journalism and philanthropy.

Points of Pride

  • Through the Clinton School’s unique Master of Public Service degree program, its students have completed over 177,000 hours of direct field service work in over 500 projects with more than 350 public service organizations, which translates to a community impact valued at $3.9 million.
  • The school graduated its eighth class of 44 students in May. In eight cohorts, more than 220 students have now completed the program. The school boasts an 85 percent graduation rate and an 85 percent career-placement rate. Graduates have landed jobs with organizations including the Clinton Foundation, the World Bank, the Walmart Foundation, Habitat for Humanity International, City Year and more.
  • Since the Clinton School Speaker Series began in 2006, the school has hosted more than 830 public programs featuring leaders in government, politics, business, foreign policy, journalism and philanthropy addressing issues in public service. These programs have drawn an attendance of more than 145,000 people, and they have been viewed online by over 118,000 people in 184 countries. The series has featured four Nobel Prize winners, 15 Pulitzer Prize winners, 35 ambassadors and eight former heads of state.