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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 two professional emphases: general public administration, health agency administration, and nonprofit management and leadership. 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 or (920) 424-0037.

Professional Emphasis (9 credits)

When applying, MPA students must select one of two emphases to complete the MPA program: General Public Administration Emphasis OR Health Agency Administration 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) (NEW!)
  • 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) (NEW!)
  • MPA 796 Independent Study (1-3 credits)
  • MPA 797 Seminar in Current Topics (3 credits)

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): 

  • 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 (New!)

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)

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 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)

Diverse Delivery Formats

HC Students

On-Campus MPA Program Option

  • The traditional, face-to-face MPA program can be completed in as few as two years.
  • It is offered on campus on weekends (5 Saturdays per course). 
  • Some core and elective courses may be offered in a hybrid format (3 Saturdays + 2 online sessions)
  • Occasionally, some elective courses may be offered 100% online.
  • Students who prefer face-to-face education should select this option when applying to the MPA program. 
  •  The tuition amount per credit is different for in-state, out-of-state, and international students. Please check the graduate Tuition and Fees.


Online MPA Program Option

  • Beginning in Spring 2017, the Public Administration Department, in collaboration with the Division of Lifelong Learning and Community Engagement, is pleased to offer an online version of the MPA program. 
  • The online MPA program option can be completed in as few as two years.
  • All courses in the MPA curriculum will be offered 100% online (see more information about this option).
  • Students who prefer online education should select this option when applying to the MPA program. 
  • The expected tuition for the MPA Online option for 2016-2017 is about $536.80 per credit. This tuition amount is the same for in-state, out-of-state, and international students. The Minnesota Reciprocity and Midwest Student Exchange programs do not apply.

Policies in Relation to the Face-to-Face and Online MPA Program Options

  • Once admitted to the face-to-face MPA program or the online MPA program, graduate students are not allowed to switch between the two versions of the MPA program. 
  • In some cases, the department chair may allow on-campus students to take up to three  courses (9 credits) from the online MPA program, or allow students in the online MPA program to take up to three courses (9 credits) from the face-to-face MPA program. 
  • Students from other UW Oshkosh graduate programs and the Graduate Healthcare Management Certificate can take courses from both the face-to-face and online MPA program. 
  • For more information about policies in relation to the online MPA program, please contact the department chair, Dr. Anna Filipova at (920) 424-0037 or
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