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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 provides all the necessary instructions to successfully complete an application.

General Application Information

  • Availability: Spring, Summer and Fall
  • Deadlines: Rolling Admission
  • Exams: None. 
  • International Applicants: TOEFL scores must be submitted. Applicants must work through the UW Oshkosh Office of International Student Services.
  • GPA Requirement: An undergraduate GPA 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.). The bachelor's degree must be from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Application Documents Submission: All Master of Public Administration (MPA) program and/or Healthcare Management (HCM) Certificate application documents (see below) must be submitted directly to the UW Oshkosh Office of Graduate Studies via mail, email (gradschool@uwosh.edu), or fax (920-424-0247) 
     Mailing Address: 

     UW Oshkosh Office of Graduate Studies
     800 Algoma Blvd. 
     Dempsey Hall, Room 337
     Oshkosh, WI 54901-8621

  • Checking Application Status. The Office of Graduate Studies has 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. 

 Master of Public Administration Program Application Documents 

  • Online application. The first step in the application process is to complete an online UW System application for admission to UW Oshkosh. A $56 non-refundable application fee is required and cannot be waived. It is recommended that the fee is paid at the time you submit the online application. Processing will not proceed if the fee is not paid.
  • Official transcripts. Official transcripts of all collegiate work must be sent directly to the Office of Graduate Studies from the issuing institution. Copies "issued to student" are not considered official. Only transcripts from regionally accredited schools will be considered. If an applicant is a current or former UW Oshkosh graduate or undergraduate student, he or she does not need to provide an official UW Oshkosh Transcript.
  • 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. 

Graduate Healthcare Management Certificate Application Documents

  • Online application. The first step in the application process is to complete an online UW System application for admission to UW Oshkosh. A $56 non-refundable application fee is required and cannot be waived. It is recommended that the fee is paid at the time you submit the online application. Processing will not proceed if the fee is not paid.
  • Official transcripts. Official transcripts of all collegiate work must be sent directly to the Office of Graduate Studies from the issuing institution. Copies "issued to student" are not considered official. Only transcripts from regionally accredited schools will be considered. If an applicant is a current or former UW Oshkosh graduate or undergraduate student, he or she does not need to provide an official UW Oshkosh Transcript.
  • Essay. A brief essay of 200-500 words stating why the applicant is seeking admission to the graduate HCM Certificate program.
Note: 
  • 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.

Early Registration in MPA Classes Encouraged

  • Because MPA courses have 20-student capacity each and fill very quickly, it is recommended that all current and prospective students register for classes earlier/as soon as course registration is open to reserve their seats. If you prefer that we enroll you in the classes, please contact Jenny Davies (daviesj@uwosh.edu; 920-424-3230). 
  • We strongly encourage prospective students to enroll in MPA 711 Introduction to Public Administration, which is the first required course in the MPA program. Once you apply and pay the $56 application fee, your record is built, and the TitanWeb is created in a nightly batch, that is, it is available shortly after you apply. You can use the TitanWeb to log in and enroll in MPA 711. Enrollment in additional courses, while the application documents are being collected or reviewed, is also possible in consultation with the Department Chair (filipova@uwosh.edu; 920-424-0037).  
  • Registration for classes does not require an immediate payment. Students are charged for the classes by the first due date of the semester. These due dates can be found on the Student Financial Services website. Generally, the first due date for fall and spring terms is at the end of the second week of classes. During summer, payments are due the first day of the summer term.

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 do so as a special student. 

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).
Note: 
  • 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 at least a B in all coursework.
  • Special students are not eligible to receive financial aid.

Contact Information

Academic Department Associate

Please contact Jennifer Davies with any questions about admission documents, registration for classes, marketing brochures about the programs, semester schedules, deadlines and others. 

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

Department Chair & MPA Coordinator 

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. 

  • Office: Clow Faculty Building, 4th floor, Room F420
  • Phone: (920) 424-0037
  • Email: filipova@uwosh.edu

Office of Graduate Studies

If you would like to learn more about the admission process, graduate admission requirements, and information about scholarships, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies.
  • Office: Dempsey Hall, Room 337
  • Phone: (920) 424-1223
  • Fax: (920) 424-0247
  • Email: gradschool@uwosh.edu
  • Website
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by Filipova, Anna A last modified Jun 09, 2016 06:03 AM