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The Public Administration Department is one of the leading departments in offering a graduate program in the College of Letters and Science at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.

History of PA Department

Clow Faculty Building

The Public Administration Department at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh continues, and expands its strong commitment to academic excellence and public service that began in 1972. Over the years, it has become recognized for its Master of Public Administration (MPA) program in the state of Wisconsin, providing a top-notch training in managing public, nonprofit and health care organizations. Since 2011 the department has also offered rigorous public administration courses at the undergraduate level.

These academic programs are enhanced by a culture of learning through collaborative student and faculty research and publications, student field projects, conferences, prominent guest speakers, and study trips. The UWO is accredited, ensuring the best education to the future leaders in management and administration fields.

Through its collaborations with the College of Business, College of Nursing, Division of Lifelong Learning and Community Engagement and other university departments, and external institutions, such as the City of Oshkosh and the Criminal Justice Executive Development Institute, the department also provides its students with various networks and opportunities for learning, practical internships and career destinations. Our graduates become leaders in public, non-profit and health care administration.


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Dr. Karen King was officially appointed as the new Public Administration Department Chair, June, 2012 through the 2015 Spring semester.

We all congratulate her and look forward to her leadership and guidance of the department!

If you would like to schedule a personal meeting and learn more about the programs, please contact Dr. King at:

Tel.: (920) 424-7306

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by Filipova, Anna A last modified May 22, 2013 11:00 AM
What Alumni Say

Manny P. Vasquez                                 


"The MPA Program at UW Oshkosh helped me to better understand the big picture - all the players and scenarios involved in leading a public organization...