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Thank you for your interest in applying to programs offered by the UWO 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 UWO 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.

MPA Program Admission Requirements

Admission Criteria

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • A minimum 2.75 (4.00 scale) overall undergraduate grade point average OR a 2.90 grade point average for the last half of an applicant's baccalaureate program (approximately 60 credits).
  • 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.

To apply for admission to the MPA program submit the following materials to the School of Graduate Studies:

  • A completed on-line application and $56 non-refundable application fee.
  • Official undergraduate transcripts showing completion of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • A statement of professional goals and objectives.
  • Three letters of reference. Please, request letters of reference from professional or academic individuals who are able to assess your likelihood of success in a graduate school.
  • A current resume.
  • A two-page paper that has the following topic: "The National Association of Public Administration (NAPA)  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."

Graduate HCM Certificate Admission Requirements

Admission Criteria

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • A minimum 2.75 (4.00 scale) overall undergraduate grade point average OR a 2.90 grade point average for the last half of an applicant's baccalaureate program (approximately 60 credits).
  • Probationary admission will be cosidered 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.

To apply for admission to the certificate program submit the following materials to the School of Graduate Studies:

  • A completed on-line application and $56 non-refundable application fee.
  • Official undergraduate transcripts showing completion of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • A brief essay of 200-500 words stating  why you are seeking admission to the certificate program.

Applying for Both MPA and Graduate HCM Certificate

  • If you wish to earn both a HCM certificate and an MPA degree, you must apply to both programs separately.
  • Both types of programs use the same application form. Simply indicate which program you are applying to as you submit each application.
  • You only pay the application fee once.

Graduate Studies Admissions

  • Please visit Graduate Studies' website for more information about admissions.
  • 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. 

Contact Information

  • It is recommended that all potential applicants contact Dr. Karen King, Department Chair (920-424-7306, kingk@uwosh.edu), to discuss their interest in the programs before applying for admission.
  • You can also contact the Graduate Studies Office.
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