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MPA Degree Online

  • The UW Oshkosh Public Administration Department, in collaboration with the UW Oshkosh Division of Online and Continuing Education, has been offering an online version of the MPA program since 2017 Spring semester. We are proud to have our first cohort of students graduating from the online MPA program in 2019 spring semester!
  • The online MPA program allows greater flexibility and access for students who cannot come to campus because of life, work, military and/or other commitments. Both traditional and online students earn the same MPA degree.
  • The online MPA program offers the same high quality curriculum that is a hallmark of the traditional, face-to-face MPA program. The majority of core courses are taught by accomplished full-time, tenured or tenure-track faculty members, who embrace a hands-on instructional approach. 

Distinguishing Features

  • Take Advantage of the Easy-to-Use Online Learning Platform: All online MPA courses are built in the Desire 2 Learn (D2L) instruction platform. Beginning 2019 Summer, UW Oshkosh is shifting to the CANVAS platform. Instructors use discussion feeds, videos, readings, and a drop box for assignments. Students receive advance orientation to successfully navigate the system.  
  • Experience Enhanced Classroom Discussions: The online discussion forums allow students to gain an in-depth understanding of course content. Using the interactive power of social and multimedia, students and faculty can marshal additional research to support points of view and expand on important topics.
  • Improve Your Virtual Communication Skills: The online program offers the opportunity to build virtual communication and technology skills. 
  • Enjoy Learning Anytime, Anywhere: Students can complete the online course work from anywhere in the state, the country or the world with Internet access. In the online program, students work within program deadlines to prioritize their time and online classes are accessible 24/7. 
  • Get Your Degree Fast: Students can complete the online MPA program in as few as two years (please see the Long-Term Plan and Sample Plans for the online MPA Program with Four Emphases)

Applying to the Online MPA Program and Fees

Application Process and Requirements 

  • Prospective students should select the online MPA option and emphasis when completing the electronic application. You can apply online at (please see MPA Admission Requirements). 
  • International students in the online program may take an 8-week summer elective course (3 credits) in residence on the UW Oshkosh campus as part of the online program plan. Please contact the department chair, Dr. Anna Filipova (; (920) 424-0037), first to inquire about availability of this on-campus summer option. Students must obtain a student visa to take this course.
  • 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 for 2019-2020 is $550.00 per credit. 
  • 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


  • Please contact Dr. Anna Filipova Department Chair and MPA Program Coordinator at (920) 424-0037 or if you have questions related to the online MPA program, its curriculum requirements, the scheduling of courses, enrollment, and applications.
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by Anna Filipova last modified Mar 05, 2019 10:12 AM