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MPA Curriculum

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MPA Curriculum (36 Credits)

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

Core Classes (27 credits)

MPA students must complete nine (9) core classes. 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 or MPA 790 Field Project or MPA 792 Thesis (3 credits)
 
NOTE: Students need to have a Department consent before they can register in a culminating research project 
(Capstone or Field Project, or Thesis). Please contact the Department Chair (filipova@uwosh.edu; 920-424-0037) for more information.

Professional Emphasis Elective Classes (9 credits)

When applying, MPA students must select one of two emphases to complete the MPA program:  

  • General Public Administration Emphasis 
  • 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)

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)

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. 
  •  This tuition amount per credit is different for in-state, out-of-state, and international students. Please check the graduate Tuition and Fees.

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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 elective courses (no core courses) from the online MPA program, or allow students in the online MPA program to take up to three elective courses (no core courses) 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 filipova@uwosh.edu.
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by Filipova, Anna A last modified Aug 23, 2016 12:06 PM