Online MPA

The 100% Online Master of Public Administration (MPA) has been offered at UW Oshkosh since 2017 Spring semester. Our first cohort of students graduated from it in 2019 Spring semester!

The online MPA program is conducted asynchronously in CANVAS. It provides flexibility and access to students who cannot take classes on campus because of life, work, military and/or other commitments. Our MPA students come from anywhere in the state, the country and the world. They have diverse interests and career goals that match the MPA program degree goals and requirements.

The MPA program offers high quality curriculum that aligns with NASPA standards. All core and most elective MPA courses are taught by full-time, tenured faculty members, who embrace a hands-on instructional approach and asynchronous, and synchronous communication methods and tools.




Distinguishing Features

  • Manageable Credits: 36 (27 Required Credits | 9 Elective Credits)
  • Fast Time to Degree Completion: As Few As Two Years (see Sample Plans for Completing the MPA)
  • Rigorous Admission: Application Requirements
  • Affordability: Tuition and Fees
  • Transfer of Credits Possibilities: Department Policies 
  • Quality Teaching & Community Engagement: Tenured, Experienced Faculty
  • Comprehensive and Career-Oriented Curriculum: The Curriculum Features Four Emphases
  • Diverse Semester Offerings: Fall | Spring | Summer
  • Solid Planning of Offerings: Courses Offered according to Long-Term Plans
  • Diverse Student Population: In-career | Pre-Career| Age Group 23-56; Average age 35.1 (Fall 2019) | Veterans | Other
  • Diverse Student Geography: State of Wisconsin |Out-of-State (Michigan, Illinois, Colorado, Massachusetts, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Missouri, Minnesota, Texas, Connecticut, California, other) | International (Europe, Asia, Africa, South America and Canada)
  • Small Class Sizes for Personalized Education and Networking: 20

Application and Fees

Application Process and Requirements 

  • Prospective students should select the online MPA option when completing the electronic application. You can apply online at (please see MPA Admission Requirements). 
  • International students in the online MPA may take up to three classes (9 credits) in residence on the UW Oshkosh campus as part of the online program plan during their last semester in the program (either fall or spring semesters). They can also participate in the graduation ceremony that last semester. Students must obtain a student visa to take those three classes on campus.
  • Diplomas for international students will be sent by mail. Students who wish to participate in person during the graduation ceremony in the United States will be sent an invitation to obtain a tourist visa. 

Online Fees and Financial Aid

  • The expected tuition for the online MPA program option can be found on the Student Financial Services website under Online and Continuing Education (OCE), MPA Online.
  • This tuition amount is the same for in-state, out-of-state, and international students. The Minnesota Reciprocity and Midwest Student Exchange programs do not apply.
  • Information about financial aid and other opportunities can be found on this website