Admission Requirements

Effective 3/23/2020, the Department of Public Administration is enforcing rolling admission (i.e., candidates can submit their application materials any time for any semester) and suspending the application deadlines to provide as much accommodation to applicants as possible due to the COVID-19 overwhelming situation.

Please submit all application materials to Graduate Studies. Faculty will evaluate all applications as soon as they are received from Graduate Studies. The PA Department Chair, Dr. Anna Filipova, will inform potential candidates of the department’s final decision on their applications over the email right away.

Please direct any questions about application requirements to Dr. Filipova at or to Graduate Studies at Thank you very much!


Application Deadlines

Application Deadlines  (Suspended Effective 3/23/2020)

Summer and Fall Semesters: March 1 

We will continue accepting and considering applications from March 1st through August 1st. However, if classes are full, applicants may have to wait to start the MPA program in the following spring semester if admitted. Please check with Dr. Filipova ( if there are still seats available in on-campus and online MPA classes if you missed the deadline but you still want to apply for summer or fall semester.

Spring Semester: October 1 

We will continue accepting and considering applications from October 1st through December 1st. However, if classes are full, applicants may have to wait to start the MPA program in the following summer or fall semester if admitted. Please check with Dr. Filipova ( if there are still seats available in on-campus and online MPA classes if you missed the deadline but you still want to apply for spring semester.



Graduate Studies Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • GPA Requirement: An undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75 (4.00 scale) or at least 2.90 during the last half (approximately 60 credits) of undergraduate work. (Probationary admission will be considered on an individual basis if an applicant has a 2.25 overall undergraduate grade point average AND a 2.50 undergraduate grade point average for the last half of a baccalaureate program.). The bachelor’s degree must be from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Official transcripts. Official transcripts of all collegiate work must be sent directly to the Office of Graduate Studies from the issuing institution. Copies “issued to student” are not considered official. Only transcripts from regionally accredited schools will be considered. If an applicant is a current or former UW Oshkosh graduate or undergraduate student, he or she does not need to provide an official UW Oshkosh Transcript.
  • A $56 non-refundable application fee is required and cannot be waived. It is recommended that the fee is paid at the time you submit the online application. Processing will not proceed if the fee is not paid.
  • Admission Test for International Applicants:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores must be submitted. Due to COVID-19 there are changes to the administration of TOEFL. Please contact the Graduate Studies Office ( for more information.
    • International students must complete application requirements for BOTH: International Student Admission as a Graduate Student (NOTE: “The estimated expenses” chart on this page does not apply to the online MPA program) and the MPA program admission requirements listed below. 
  • No GRE and GMAT admission tests are required for MPA program.

MPA Application Documents

  • A statement of professional goals and objectives. The statement should consist of a minimum of two paragraphs, single-spaced on one sheet of paper, communicating how a candidate’s career aspirations fit with the MPA program. You can use the same statement that you write in the on-line application form, but include it on a separate sheet of paper and provide it to Graduate Studies.
  • A current resume.
  • A two-page, double-spaced paper that has the following topic: “The National Academy of Public Administration has identified four pillars of public  administration-economy, efficiency, effectiveness, and social equity. Please explain why they are all equally critical to the successful practice of public administration today.” If you use sources for the essay, please cite them accurately in text and references (APA style). The committee considers the organization/logical flow of the essay, whether it addresses specifically the topic, and spelling/grammar/mechanics/citations (if any).
  • Letters of reference from three professional and/or academic individuals who are able to assess the likelihood of success in graduate school. In addition, to providing the three contacts in the on-line application form, you can also submit the three letters, if you have those, directly to the Office of Graduate Studies.

Note: Professional or volunteer experience in the public or non-profit sectors, or health care industry is preferred, but not required. 


Graduate Healthcare Management Certificate Application Documents

In addition to the Graduate Studies Admission Requirements, the following application documents need to be submitted:

  • Essay: A brief essay of 200-500 words stating why the applicant is seeking admission to the graduate HCM Certificate program.


If you wish to apply to both the MPA program and the graduate HCM Certificate program, you must submit two separate applications, indicating which program you are applying to. Both types of programs use the same application form. You do not need to pay the application fee of $56 if you are already admitted in the MPA or another graduate program.


Application Submission & Review Procedures

  • Online application. The first step in the application process is to complete an online UW System application for admission to UW Oshkosh. Candidates should select either (a) the on-campus MPA program option OR (b) the online MPA program option in the electronic application form (NOTE: Once admitted to the face-to-face MPA program or the online MPA program, graduate students are not allowed to switch between the two versions of the MPA program). 
  • Application Documents Submission: All application documents must be submitted directly to the UW Oshkosh Office of Graduate Studies via email (, or fax (920-424-0247), or mail. 

     Mailing Address: 
     UW Oshkosh Office of Graduate Studies
     800 Algoma Blvd. 
     Dempsey Hall, Room 337
     Oshkosh, WI 54901-8621

  • Checking Application Status. The Office of Graduate Studies has added a checklist to the students’ TitanWeb.  This will list all of the items that a student would need in order to have their admission application complete.  On the student’s TitanWeb Student Service Center home page it will list the items under their To Do list.  Under details it will state if the items were received or still pending (initiated).  This will allow the students to be able to check on the status of the application process. Once the admission decision has been made the checklist will be removed from the student’s TitanWeb. 
  • Application Documents Review Procedures. Once the Public Administration Department receives the candidate’s complete application package from the Graduate Studies Office, all faculty in the department review the documents and make a decision about the candidate’s admittance. The Graduate Studies Office is informed of the department’s admission decision. Candidates are then notified officially by mail. 

Applying as a Special Student

If you want “to test the waters” about the MPA program before you make a decision to apply for it, or if you simply want to take some MPA courses without pursuing a graduate degree, or if you are MPA alumni and want to take some additional courses, you can do so as a special student. 

Read the special student registration procedures below:

  1. Print the two-page special student registration form (PDF format).
  2. On TitanWeb log in as a guest and find current semester class offerings of courses.
  3. Place the required course information at the bottom of the registration form (first page, boxed area).
  4. Mail, fax or email the completed registration form to the Graduate Studies Office. Make sure both pages of the registration form are completed and signed. 
  5. You will receive a letter from the Graduate Studies office once a record is built for you including information on e-mail and Desire to Learn (D2L).
  • No more than 12 credits earned as a Graduate Special student may later apply to degree requirements. 
  • See the Graduate Studies Policy about Special Students and non-degree student classifications.
  • Special students must receive grades of at least a B in all coursework.
  • Special students are not eligible to receive financial aid.


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838 High Ave.
Oshkosh, WI 54901 



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