Schedules and Plans

Semester Schedules

Spring 2024

MPA Program and FERM Program Courses

Summer 2024

MPA Program Courses

Fall 2024

MPA Program Courses


University’s Books & More

Students can find information about semester textbook titles for all courses by selecting the semester, MPA, course number for graduate classes and Public Administration for undergraduate classes.


Long-Term Plans

  • We use a fixed schedule for offering courses in the online MPA program in order to create more predictability for students as they plan their MPA experience and a more focused experience aligned with best-practices for online education.
  • All classes, with the exception of the capstone, are being offered as 7-week courses. For example, if you plan to take two courses in Spring 2023, the first course will be offered over the first 7 weeks, and the second course will be offered over the second 7 weeks.
  • MPA Fixed Program Schedule

Sample Plans for Completing the MPA Program

Newly admitted MPA students will be provided with three plan options that they can select from for the MPA program: standard, accelerated, or individualized. In those plans, students must take both core courses and elective courses based on their emphasis. Students can start their plan either in Fall semester or Spring semester. 

Plan 1:  Standard MPA Option (2.5 years/7 semesters)

Plan 2:  Accelerated MPA Option (2 years)

Plan 3:  Individualized MPA Option (3+ years) – If students are interested in plans that will require more than three years, such as taking one course per semester, they have the opportunity to work with the Department Chair to develop customized plans to suit their individual needs and schedules.

Once admitted to the MPA program, students are strongly encouraged to consult with Dr. Ford ( about creating a plan with courses for the successful completion of the MPA program.

The majority of MPA students prefer taking 2 courses per semester plus 1 course during summers.

If students are receiving financial aid or GI benefits they may find the UW Oshkosh Graduate Studies definitions below helpful in developing their plans for completing the MPA program.

Full-Time Students

Full-time graduate students are enrolled in nine (9) credits for the fall or spring semester, or at least five (5) credits in the summer session.

If a student is a Graduate Assistant, they are considered full-time with six (6) credits during the fall or spring semester, and three (3) credits in the summer session

Part-Time Students

A student has part-time status as long as they are taking at least 1/2 of the 9 credits needed to be considered full-time.
That is, each semester during the Fall and Spring terms, for all MPA students–whether they are first-semester students or returning ones–they need to take a minimum of 2 courses per semester (or 6 credits) to meet the 4.5 credit requirement for part-time.
In the summer, a 3-credit course will meet the part-time requirement because it is more than half of the 5 credits needed to be full-time during the summer.


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Oshkosh, WI 54901



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Phone: (920) 424-2030
Program Coordinator:
Dr. Michael Ford |
Hours: 7:30am - 3:30pm