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MPA Curriculum (36 Credits)

The MPA curriculum is composed of three parts for a total of 36 credits:

  • Core Program (24 credits)
  • Professional Emphasis (9 credits)
  • Capstone Experience (3 credits)

Core Program (24 credits)

MPA students must complete eight (8) courses from the Core Program. 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 courses 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)

Professional Emphasis (9 credits)

When applying, MPA students must select one of two emphases to complete the MPA program:  General Public Administration Emphasis and Health Agency Administration Emphasis

General Public Administration Emphasis (9 credits)

Students who emphasize general public administration within the MPA program need to select three of the following elective courses to fulfill their 9 credits of this professional emphasis:

  • 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 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 796 Independent Study (1-3 credits)
  • MPA 797 Seminar in Current Topics in Public Administration (3 credits)

Health Agency Administration Emphasis (9 credits)

Students who emphasize Health Agency Administration within the MPA program must take the following three courses to fulfill their 9 credits of this professional emphasis:

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

Capstone Experience (3 credits)

At the end of the program, MPA students conduct a 3-credit research project, that can be in the form of: 


Students need to have a Department consent before they can register in a culminating project. Please contact the Department Chair or your adviser for more information.

Elective Courses from Other UW Oshkosh Programs

Some of the following courses can also be considered as elective courses toward the MPA degree, only if applicable to students' professional careers and only with the Department Chair's consent.  

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)

Delivery Format

MPA courses are offered on a Fixed Course Schedule, which allows completing the MPA program in as few as two years. The MPA program is also offered in diverse delivery formats:

  • Fall and Spring Semesters: face-to-face [5 Saturdays per course] and/or hybrid [3 Saturdays and 2 online per course]
  • Summer Semesters: hybrid [2 Saturdays and 3 online per course] and/or 100% online.

Course Sequence

  • MPA 711 Introduction to Public Administration should be taken as a first course in the MPA program. 
  • MPA 732 Analytic Methods in Public Administration and/or MPA 721 Public Policy Analysis should be taken at least a semester before MPA 780, MPA 792 or MPA 790, so that students are able to apply analytic skills gained in those courses with their research projects.
  • It is highly recommended that students meet with the Department Chair, when admitted initially into the MPA program, to develop a personalized course plan to complete the degree.
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