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MPA Curriculum (36 Credits)

The MPA curriculum consists of 27 hours of core classes and 9 hours of elective classes required for a total of 36 credits. There are four professional emphases: general public administration, health agency administration, nonprofit management and leadership, and fire and emergency administration and management. Students must select one of the three emphases to fulfill the 9 hours of elective courses.

  • Core Courses (27 credits)
  • Professional Emphasis Elective Courses (9 credits)

Core Courses (27 credits)

MPA students must complete nine core courses. With a strong foundation in academic theory and applied research, students will learn the tools of visionary, results-based leadership and effective management. 

The core classes include:

  • MPA 711 Introduction to Public Administration (3 credits)
  • MPA 715 Leadership and Ethics (3 credits)
  • MPA 721 Public Policy Analysis (3 credits)
  • MPA 723 Organization Theory and Practice (3 credits)
  • MPA 732 Analytic Methods in Public Administration (3 credits)
  • MPA 734 Applied Economics for Public Administration (3 credits)
  • MPA 742 Human Resource Management in the Public Sector (3 credits)
  • MPA 752 Public Budgeting and Financial Management (3 credits)
  • MPA 780 Capstone Seminar (3 credits) or MPA 790 Field Project or MPA 792 Thesis
 
NOTE: Students need to have a department consent before they can register in MPA 780 Capstone Seminar. Please contact the instructor teaching the course to get information about the course and to get permission to register in the class. MPA 780 is offered both spring and fall semesters as a regularly scheduled course.
 
Please contact the Department Chair, Dr. Anna Filipova, for more information regarding MPA 790 and MPA 792 culminating experience options at filipova@uwosh.edu or (920) 424-0037.

Professional Emphasis (9 credits)

When applying, MPA students must select one of four emphases to complete the MPA program: General Public Administration Emphasis or Health Agency Administration Emphasis, Nonprofit Management and Leadership, or Fire and Emergency Administration and Management Emphasis.

General Public Administration Emphasis 

The general public administration emphasis is for students who desire preparation in public administration as a “generalist” rather than a “specialist” in a particular area. Students must choose 3 courses (9 crs.) from the following list of elective MPA courses: 

  • MPA 718 Revisiting Bureaucracy (3 credits)
  • MPA 726 State and Local Government (3 credits)
  • MPA 727 Municipal Management (3 credits) 
  • MPA 729 Health Care Organization and Management (3 credits)
  • MPA 730 Privatization and Public-Nonprofit Partnerships (3 credits) 
  • MPA 738 Intergovernmental Management (3 credits)
  • MPA 744 Nonprofit Management and Leadership (3 credits)
  • MPA 747 Labor Management in Public and Nonprofit Organizations (3 credits)
  • MPA 750 Strategic Planning in Public and Nonprofit Organizations (3 credits)
  • MPA 751 Program Evaluation (3 credits)
  • MPA 755 Managing Economic Development (3 credits)
  • MPA 760 Administrative Law (3 credits)
  • MPA 762 Health Care Administration Law (3 credits)
  • MPA 773 Health Care Policy (3 credits)
  • MPA 795 Internship (3 credits) 
  • MPA 796 Independent Study (1-3 credits)
  • MPA 797 Seminar in Current Topics (3 credits) (e.g., Grants Writing for Government and Nonprofit Organizations) 

Health Agency Administration Emphasis 

The health agency administration emphasis is for students who want to specialize in the administration, management, and leadership of diverse health care organizations in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Students must take the following 3 courses (9 crs): 

Required Courses (9 credits)

  • MPA 729 Health Care Organization and Management (3 credits)
  • MPA 762 Health Care Administration Law (3 credits)
  • MPA 773 Health Care Policy (3 credits)

Nonprofit Management and Leadership Emphasis 

The nonprofit management and leadership emphasis is for students who want to specialize and master specific knowledge and skills that are typical for effectively administering all types of nonprofit organizations. Students must take a required 3-credit course and select two additional elective courses (6 credits) from the list below.
 
Required Course (3 credits)
  • MPA 744 Nonprofit Management and Leadership (3 credits)
Elective Courses (6 credits)
  • MPA 730 Privatization and Public-Nonprofit Partnerships (3 credits)
  • MPA 750 Strategic Planning in Public and Nonprofit Organizations (3 credits)
  • MPA 751 Program Evaluation (3 credits)
  • MPA 796 Independent Study (3 credits)
  • MPA 797 Seminar in Current Topics (3 credits) (e.g., Grants Writing for Government and Nonprofit Organizations) 

Fire and Emergency Administration and Management Emphasis (NEW!)

The Fire and Emergency Administration and Management emphasis is for students who want to specialize and master specific knowledge and skills that are typical for effectively administering fire and emergency management organizations. This emphasis is offered as part of the online MPA program only. Students must take a required 3-credit course and select two additional elective courses (6 credits) from the list below.
 
Required Course (3 credits)
  • MPA 764 Fire and Emergency Services Administration (3 credits)
Elective Courses (6 credits)
  • MPA 765 Supervisory Skills for Fire and Emergency Personnel (3 credits)
  • MPA 766 Multicultural and Diversity Strategy for the Fire Service (3 credits)
  • MPA 767 Crisis Management and Leadership (3 credits)
  • MPA 768 Strategic Planning for Fire Departments (3 credits)
  • MPA 726 State and Local Government (3 credits)
  • MPA 727 Municipal Management (3 credits) 
  • MPA 738 Intergovernmental Management (3 credits)
  • MPA 729 Health Care Organization and Management (3 credits)
  • MPA 762 Health Care Administration Law (3 credits)
  • MPA 773 Health Care Policy (3 credits)
Note: The UW Oshkosh accepts up to 9 credits toward the MPA's Fire and Emergency Administration and Management emphasis for students who have completed the National Fire Academy's Executive Fire Officer Program.

Elective Courses from Other UW Oshkosh Programs

The following courses from other UW Oshkosh graduate programs can also be considered as elective courses toward the MPA program degree, only if applicable to students’ professional careers and only with the department chair’s consent.

College of Letters and Science 
  • Geography 591 GIS I Mapping and Visualization (4 credits)
  • Geography 671 GIS II Fundamentals of GIS (4 credits)
  • Geography 672 GIS III Advanced GIS (4 credits)
College of Business
  • ECON 704 Basic Economic Theory (3 credits)
  • BUS 700 Accounting Foundations (3 credits)
  • BUS 762 Organizational Reward Systems (3 credits) 
  • BUS 763 Employee Relations (3 credits)
College of Nursing
  • Nursing 701 Translational Scholarship (3 credits)
  • Nursing 702 Health Care Systems Policy and Advocacy (3 credits)
College of Education and Human Services
  • EDL 730 Introduction to Leadership in Educational Systems (3 credits)
  • EDL 729 Dialogues in Social Justice (3 credits)
 
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