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PA Minor Program

Transform your passion for public service into a rewarding career in national, state and local government, and other public and nonprofit organizations, with a Public Administration Minor. In combination with a major, the Public Administration Minor can lead to a baccalaureate degree.



  • The undergraduate Minor in Public Administration offered by the Department of Public Administration at the University of Wisconsin (UW) Oshkosh is designed for students who wish to acquire administrative skills and knowledge in preparation for careers in the public and nonprofit sectors.
  • The PA minor also provides students with a solid foundation to pursue a Master's degree in Public Administration and other graduate degrees.

PA Minor Program Goals

  • Students will demonstrate broad-based knowledge of theory, research, and practice in public administration, leadership, and policy directly applicable at professional levels in public and nonprofit organizations.
  • Students will demonstrate well-developed critical thinking, problem-solving, and research skills in addressing contemporary problems or issues in the public interest.
  • Students will demonstrate strong, positive interpersonal skills and ability to communicate effectively with a diverse constituency both individually and in group settings.

PA Minor Program Values

  • Applied Public Administration: Use theory and evidence to improve practice.
  • Academic Rigor: Provide coursework that adheres to nationally accepted standards and expectations for public administration programs.
  • Public Service and Community Engagement: Inspire students and faculty to serve the communities in which they live and work.
  • Democratic Principles: Develop an understanding of the constitutional foundations that guide public service.
  • Student-Centered and Inclusive Environment: Foster collaborative learning experiences that encourage innovation, flexibility, inclusive excellence, and student engagement.
  • Integrity: Instill a commitment to ethical behavior, accountability, honesty, and fairness in personal and professional activities.

PA Minor Students                 

                            In the PA Minor Classroom

PA Students

  • Diversity best describes our PA minor students' backgrounds. Students range in age from 18-22, for the most part, and are working on their undergraduate degrees. They live on or near campus.  
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Quality Faculty

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  • All courses are taught by faculty who possess strong academic credentials.
  • During their time at UW Oshkosh, students will have the opportunity to work closely with faculty, drawing on their special skills, practical experience, and areas of expertise.

Diverse Delivery Formats

  • The majority of PA Minor required courses are conducted online through the Division of Online and Continuing Education (OCE) during a 7-week session. 
  • PUB ADM 221 Introduction to Public Administration is offered both online (through OCE) and on-campus through the Department of Public Administration. On-campus, students meet twice a week during a 14-week semester.
  • Both face-to-face and online courses facilitate a discussion-based format, while giving students flexibility in terms of the time of day they participate in the discussion session.

PA Minor Program Requirements

PA Minor Admission & Registration

ICMA Student Chapter

  • The ICMA Student Chapter welcomes all undergraduate public administration students who are interested in public service. Please visit our website for more information.

PA Minor Adviser

For more information, please contact:

Mike Ph
Michael R. Ford, Ph.D.
Clow Faculty 422
(920) 424-1580
Fax: (920) 424-2319
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