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.
The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program at the University of Wisconsin (UW) Oshkosh has grown and progressed since its inception in 1972. The MPA program was established to meet the needs of employees in public, non-for-profit, and health care agencies interested in enhancing their administrative knowledge and skills. It was housed in the Department of Political Science from 1972 to 1983. In 1983 the MPA program became part of the Department of Public Affairs, which also contained undergraduate programs in Criminal Justice and Urban and Regional Studies. A significant addition to the MPA program was the Graduate Certificate in Health Care Management, which admitted its first students in Spring 2004. This interdisciplinary program was developed in recognition of the fact that the need for trained managers in the health care field was expanding rapidly.
In July 2011 the MPA program was removed from the Department of Public Affairs. A separate Department of Public Administration was established that continued offering both the MPA program and the Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Management. Beginning in spring 2017, the department started offering the MPA program 100 percent online in addition to its traditional classroom format.
Over the years the MPA program at the UW Oshkosh has been recognized for providing a top-notch education and training in managing public, nonprofit and health care organizations in Wisconsin and beyond. Nowadays the Department of Public Administration continues to expand its strong commitment to academic excellence and public service that began 48 years ago. The UW Oshkosh MPA program is unique with its comprehensive, career-oriented curriculum that includes four different professional emphases in general public administration, nonprofit management and leadership, health agency administration and fire and emergency administration and management. All department programs are based on a strong culture of student-centered teaching and learning. Through its collaborations with the UW Oshkosh College of Business, College of Nursing, Division of Online and Continuing Education and other university departments, as well as external institutions, such as the City of Oshkosh, the Department of Public Administration also provides its students with various networks and opportunities for learning, practical internships and career destinations.