The UW Oshkosh Public Administration Department has been offering the on-campus version of the MPA program for 48 years. The on-campus MPA offers students with the opportunity to have face-to-face interactions with their peers and instructors, practice teaching and learning, form friendships, and find potential lifelong professional connections. Most courses are offered on five Saturdays, other courses (MPA 715 Leadership and Ethics and MPA 734 Applied Economics) are offered in a hybrid format (three Saturdays plus two online sessions) or completely online (MPA 711 Introduction to Public Administration and MPA 780 Capstone Seminar). The on-campus MPA program follows high quality, career-oriented curriculum. All core courses and most elective courses are taught by tenured or tenure-track faculty members, who embrace a hands-on instructional approach.
- Credits: 36 (27 Required Credits | 9 Elective Credits)
- Delivery Format: Weekend (5 Saturdays per Course, 9 AM-4 PM), or Hybrid (3 Saturdays + 2 Online), or 100% Online
- Application Deadline: Rolling Admission (effective 3/23/2020)
- Time of Completion: As Few As Two Years
- Faculty: Tenured or Tenure-Track
- Curriculum: Career-Oriented with Emphasis on Experiential Learning
- Course Offerings Predictability: Courses Offered according to Long-Term Plans
- Semester Offerings: Fall | Spring | Summer
- Units Involved in Delivery: COLS PA Department
- Student Population: In-career | Pre-Career | Age Group 23-56; Average age 35.1 (Fall 2019)| Veterans
- Student Geography: State of Wisconsin |Out-of-State (e.g., Michigan) | International (Europe, Asia, Africa, South America and Canada)
- Class Capacity: 10-20
Renovated Classrooms. On-campus courses are held in the newly renovated classrooms of Clow Hall building on the second floor (see more pictures here)
Small Class Sizes Allow for Personable Education. Class sizes are set to 20 capacity.
Technology-Driven Education. Faculty integrate technology-based and innovative pedagogy in a myriad of ways, creating a lively, modern approach to teaching, learning, and assessment. Students also use technology on campus to teach their team colleagues.
Convenient Parking. Parking is free on Saturdays when MPA classes are held. The parking is next to Clow Building.
Application and Fees
Application Process and Requirements
Fees and Financial Aid
- The expected tuition for the on-campus MPA program option can be found on the Student Financial Services website under Graduate.
- When on-campus students take courses in 100% online format they pay an additional $150.00 technology fee.
- Information about financial aid and other opportunities can be found on this website.