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University of Arkansas - Little Rock — Clinton School of Public Service

Program Type:
Coverdell Fellows
Clinton School of Public Service
Degrees Awarded:
Concurrent Degrees (JD,MPH, MBA), Master of Public Service (MPS)
Admissions Deadlines:

January 25th postmark deadline

Admissions Cycle:

Fall semester only. All admissions decisions will be rendered by April 1st.

Program Start:
Fall semester (August)
Program Founded:
October, 2013


No application fee is required. The Clinton School will award up to five tuition scholarships (totaling $8,000 each) to Coverdell applicants who are admitted to the Clinton School.  A graduate assistantship may be available in the Fellows second year. The scholarship will be noted in an admitted student’s acceptance letter (sent by mail, by April 1st), and will be credited to an enrolling student’s account by September of their Fall enrollment semester. Additionally, each Coverdell Fellow will receive up to a $4,000 stipend for their summer International Public Service Project.


As the first school in the nation to offer a Master of Public Service (MPS) degree, the Clinton School gives students the knowledge and experience they need to work on systemic social change in the areas of nonprofit, government, volunteer or private sector service.  A two-year graduate program with a “real world” curriculum, the Clinton School is located on the grounds of the William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Park in Little Rock, Arkansas. The school embodies former President Clinton’s vision of building leadership in civic engagement and enhancing people’s capacity to work across disciplinary, racial, ethnic and geographical boundaries. Returned Peace Corps Volunteers will find our curriculum to be an excellent fit for the next stage of their professional career.

Clinton School students complete three “hands-on” public service projects (called field projects) throughout the two-year program, ranging from local work in Arkansas communities, to international projects on all of the world’s six inhabited continents.


Admission to the Clinton School of Public Service is determined by several factors including academic background, graduate admissions test scores, public service experience, and personal vision for future public service contributions. In addition, all applicants should meet the minimum criteria for graduate studies at the University of Arkansas, which includes a 2.85 GPA in undergraduate studies. The ideal Clinton School applicant will be one that has demonstrated a strong academic background, vested experiences in the realm of public service, and an articulate vision for their future public service work. The Clinton School is a non-partisan graduate institution, and we continue to welcome academically and experientially qualified applicants of all ideologies, backgrounds, ages, and life experiences.

  •  Completed application form
  • Three short-answer essays
  • Resume
  • Academic transcripts
  • A graduate admissions standardized test score (GRE/MAT/GMAT/LSAT)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  •  International applicants: In addition to all of the requirements listed above (including submitting one of the standardized tests requirement), all international applicants whose native language is not English and who do not have an undergraduate degree from an accredited U.S. college or university, are also required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

For inquiries about Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program, call 855.855.1961 x1440.

Program Contacts

If you have questions, please contact:
Alex Thomas
Director of Admissions

(501) 683-5228

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