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Admission Requirements

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Thank you for your interest in applying to programs offered by the UW Oshkosh Department of Public Administration. This section of the website provides all the necessary instructions to successfully complete an application.

Prospective students are accepted throughout the year and may enroll at the beginning of fall, spring or summer semesters. They are not required to submit GRE or GMAT scores, though international applicants must submit TOEFL scores and work through the UW Oshkosh Office of International Student Services.

Should you have any questions regarding the admissions process, we encourage you to contact us. We are always available to address any questions or concerns you may have about applying to the programs.

Graduate Studies Minimum Admission Requirements 

Admission in full standing to a master's degree program requires the applicant to meet minimum Graduate Studies requirements:
  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • An undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.75 (4.00 scale) or at least 2.90 during the last half (approximately 60 credits) of undergraduate work. (Probationary admission will be considered on an individual basis if an applicant has a 2.25 overall undergraduate grade point average AND a 2.50 undergraduate grade point average for the last half of a baccalaureate program.)
  • Submission of official transcripts of all collegiate work.
  • A completed on-line application and $56 non-refundable application fee.

Additional information 

  • Please visit Graduate Studies' website for more information about admissions.
  • This is UW Oshkosh Graduate Studies Office Contact Information.
  • Graduate Studies Office has now added a checklist to the students' TitanWeb.  This will list all of the items that a student would need in order to have their admission application complete.  On the student's TitanWeb Student Service Center home page it will list the items under their To Do list.  Under details it will state if the items were received or still pending (initiated).  This will allow the students to be able to check on the status of the application process.  Once the admission decision has been made the checklist will be removed from the student's TitanWeb. 

MPA Program Admission Requirements

  • Availability: Spring, Summer and Fall
  • Deadlines: Rolling Admission
  • Exam: None
  • Requirements: 
In addition to the minimum Office of Graduate Studies' requirements (see above), admission to the MPA program requires applicants to submit the following four documents directly to the UWO Graduate Studies Office via mail or email ( 
  • A statement of professional goals and objectives. The statement should consist of a minimum of two paragraphs, single-spaced on one sheet of paper, communicating how a candidate's career aspirations fit with the MPA program. 
  • A current resume.
  • A two-page paper that has the following topic: "The National Academy of Public Administration has identified four pillars of public  administration-economy, efficiency, effectiveness, and social equity. Please explain why they are all equally critical to the successful practice of public administration today."
  • Letters of reference from three professional and/or academic individuals who are able to assess the likelihood of success in graduate school.

Professional or volunteer experience in the public or non-profit sectors, or health care industry is preferred but not required. Questions about eligibility should be addressed to Dr. Anna Filipova (

Graduate HCM Certificate Admission Requirements

In addition to the minimum Office of Graduate Studies' requirements (see above), admission to the graduate HCM Certificate program requires applicants to submit: 

  • A brief essay of 200-500 words stating why the applicant is seeking admission to the graduate HCM Certificate program.

Admission to Both the MPA and Graduate HCM Certificate Programs

  • If you wish to apply to both the MPA program and the graduate HCM Certificate program, you must submit two separate applications, indicating which program you are applying to. Both types of programs use the same application form.
  • You only pay the application fee of $56 once.
  • If you wish to apply to the MPA program or the graduate HCM Certificate program once you have been admitted to one of those (i.e., at a later point in time), you must submit an application for the specific program you are applying to. You do not need to pay the application fee of $56 again.

Applying as a Special Student

If you want "to test the waters" about the MPA program before you make a decision to apply for it, or if you simply want to take some MPA courses without pursuing a graduate degree, you can start with a special student status.  

Read the special student registration procedures below:

  1. Print the two-page special student registration form (PDF format).
  2. On TitanWeb log in as a guest and find current semester class offerings of courses.
  3. Place the required course information at the bottom of the registration form (first page, boxed area).
  4. Mail, fax or email the completed registration form to the Graduate Studies Office. Make sure both pages of the registration form are completed and signed. 
  5. You will receive a letter from the Graduate Studies office once a record is built for you including information on e-mail and Desire to Learn (D2L).

  • No more than 12 credits earned as a Graduate Special student may later apply to degree requirements. 
  • See the Graduate Studies Policy about Special Students and non-degree student classifications.
  • Special students must receive grades of B in all coursework.
  • Special students are not eligible to receive financial aid.

Academic Department Associate Help

Please contact Jennifer Davies with any questions about admission documents, registration for classes, marketing brochures about the programs, semester schedules, deadlines and others. She would be more than happy to assist you and address all questions that you have in person or via email or phone.  

  • Office: Clow Faculty Building, 4th floor, Room F414
  • Phone: (920) 424-3230
  • Email:

Department Chair & MPA Coordinator Help

If you would like to learn more about the program(s) offered by the Department of Public Administration, or if this is the right program(s) for you based on your current or future career goals, please contact Dr. Anna Filipova. She would be more than happy to address any questions that you may have in person or via email or phone.

  • Office: Clow Faculty Building, 4th floor, Room F420
  • Phone: (920) 424-0037
  • Email:
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by Filipova, Anna A last modified May 06, 2016 12:34 PM