The mission of OU’s Master of Public Administration (MPA) program is to equip students with knowledge and skills to adapt to changing public service environments and to work collaboratively to solve problems in the public and nonprofit sectors. We accomplish this mission through:
- offering a robust curriculum in a manner sensitive to the diverse perspectives present in Oklahoma,
- preparing our graduates to provide leadership and analytic skills within their communities,
- generating knowledge relevant to public service based on rigorous research,
- engaging our community in teaching, research and service activities.
The MPA is the preferred graduate degree for a career in public service, enabling our graduates to pursue a multitude of career paths in federal, tribal, state, and local government; and the nonprofit, education and private sectors.
An OU-MPA graduates with an understanding and knowledge of government institutions, actors, and processes. As a professional program, emphasis is placed on learning the concepts, processes, and techniques associated with conducting society's business. The degree blends theoretical and practical dimensions while encouraging a broadened scholarly and professional perspective. It also provides an understanding of the role of public administration and public policy in social and political contexts.
The Department of Political Science, an academic unit of the College of Arts and Sciences at OU, is the academic home of the MPA program. All OU academic units offering master’s and doctoral degrees are guided by the policies of the OU Graduate College. The Graduate College ensures quality, observance of policy, and academic excellence in all areas of graduate study at the University.
The MPA degree requires completion of 36 hours of graduate credit and is designed as a self-paced program giving both part-time and full-time students flexibility in completing the degree. Courses are scheduled in the evening, weekends, online and during the day. The full degree can be completed on either the Norman or Tulsa campus.
Many prospective students inquire if our degree can be completed online. The OU-MPA program is not an online degree program. While our program does offer occasion online courses throughout the academic year, the degree cannot be completed online.