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Master of Public Administration

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The Master of Public Administration (MPA) is the preferred graduate degree for public officials, policy analysts and nonprofit leaders.

Designed with working adults in mind, the MPA program emphasizes flexibility and accessibility. The Tulsa campus offers MPA courses in night, weekend and online formats. Most students complete the degree within two years.

Check out our feature in Tulsa People Magazine!

CONTACT:

Meg Morgan

Meg Myers Morgan, PhD, MPA
Tulsa Director - Graduate Programs in Public Administration/Nonprofit Management 
Faculty Fellow for Community Engagement and Impact
meg.morgan@ou.edu

 

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Spring 2018

CourseInstructorMeeting Time
PSC 5913 Introduction into Political Data Analysis (CORE)Mitch Peck

Feb 2-4

Feb 9-11

Feb 16- 18

PSC 5970 Poverty and Opportunity Policy (one-hour credit)Courtney CullisonMarch 2-4
PSC 5970 Health Policy (one-hour credit)Carly PutnamMarch 16-18
PSC 5970 Criminal Justice Policy (one-hour credit)Ryan GentzlerMarch 23-25
PSC 5183 Public Budgeting and Finance (CORE)Glen Krutz

April 6-8

April 20-22

May 4-5

PSC 5103 Disruptive Innovation (ORG)Dean James SlussTuesdays 5:30pm-8:20pm
PSC 5063 Nonprofit and Public Sector Relations (Management)Meg Myers MorganWednesdays 5:30pm-8:20pm
PSC 5950 Capstone (CORE)Meg Myers MorganThursdays 5:30pm-8:20pm

Summer 2018

CourseInstructorMeeting Time
PSC 5033 Nonprofit Management (Management/Nonprofit Certificate)Meg Myers Morgan

June 1-3

June 15-17

June 29-July 1

PSC 5073 Municipal Management and Leadership (Management)Rodger Randle

July 20-22

August 10-12

August 17-19

Fall 2018

Subject to change

CourseInstructorMeeting Time
PSC 5913 Introduction into Political Data Analysis (CORE)Mitch PeckTBD/Weekend
NPNG 5033 The Sector and The System (POLICY & CERTIFICATE)Meg Myers MorganTBD/Week Night
PSC 5143 Program Evaluation (CORE)Meg Myers Morgan

August 24-26

September 7-9

September 21-23

PSC 5293 Administrative Ethics and the American Government (ORG)Meg Myers MorganTBD/Week night
PSC American Elections: Process and Politics (AMERICAN POLITICAL PROCESS)TBDOnline
NPNG Nonprofit Law and Policy (POLICY & CERTIFICATE)TBDTBD/Weeknight

Meg Myers Morgan, PhD, MPA

Tulsa Director - Master of Public Administration and Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management; Co-Director - President's Office for Community Engagement

Dr. Morgan earned her MPA from the University of Oklahoma in 2009, with concentrations in Public Policy and Public Management. Her career began in the nonprofit sector in Tulsa. She worked three years within a fundraising organization, and then worked six years as a researcher in OU-Tulsa’s Center of Applied Research for Nonprofit Organizations, where she secured grants and conducted program evaluations within the sector. Meg was on faculty for five years at Rogers State University as an instructor in the Public Administration program. She completed her PhD from OU in 2013, focusing on the relationship between the public and nonprofit sector. Her dissertation—A Case Study of a Public Private Partnership in Arts Education—explored the collaboration among the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Tulsa Public School district, and the area nonprofits as they combined efforts to equalize arts education for students in grades K-8. She most frequently teaches in the ares of public and nonprofit management, intersector collaboration, ethics, and program evaluation. Dr. Morgan now leads the the MPA program, and the Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management, on the OU-Tulsa Campus. She also and serves as the Co-Director of the OU-Tulsa President's Office for Community Engagement. 

To seek admission, students must apply directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions by submitting the official online application form, along with transcripts and the application fee. In addition, the Political Science Department requires the following to admit a candidate into the program:

- A minimum 3.0 GPA in an undergraduate degree program. 

- Two letters of recommendation.

- A personal statement of no less than 1,000 words describing your academic/professional background and how the MPA degree will specifically enhance your career goals.

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A candidate may be asked to provide GRE scores if he/she does not meet the minimum admissions requirements, or if the committee needs additional information to make a final decision.

 

The Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management includes four core classes and three 1-hour seminars (15 hours total). This certificate is a stand alone program. Upon completion, however, the certificate can be fully applied to the MPA program, or some of the courses (9 credit hours) can be applied to other programs within the College of Arts and Sciences. All courses are offered on nights and weekends to accommodate the working adult. Student must apply to the program and meet the standards of the OU Graduate College. 

Contact Dr. Meg Myers Morgan (meg.morgan@ou.edu) for more information.

Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management

15 credit hours

CourseTopics Covered
PSC 5033 Nonprofit Management (3hr)Mission and vision planning; volunteer recruitment; board development and relations; succession planning; strategic planning; media relations; marketing
PSC 5143 Program Evaluation (3hr)Analyzing and engaging stakeholders; logic modeling; survey design; focus group and interview training; statistics in program evaluation; reporting data
NPNG Nonprofit Law and Policy (3hr)Legal Guidelines and responsibilities; tax code (all 501(c)s); income reporting; transparency; policy and advocacy opportunities and limitations
NPNG Nonprofits: The Sector and The System (3hr)Public/Private partnerships; sector relations; grant-based relationships; government contracts
NPNG Nonprofit Fundraising and GrantmakingOne credit hour practitioner-taught course
NPNG Nonprofit Financial ManagementOne credit hour practitioner-taught course
NPNG Nonprofit Human ResourceOne credit hour practitioner-taught course

What is an MPA?

In general, the MPA is the management degree for the public and nonprofit sectors.  An MPA is much like an MBA. Both are professional degrees focused on management. But the MBA focuses on business models and financial gains, while the MPA focuses on government structure and the public good. A Master of Public Administration (MPA) is the preferred graduate degree of policy analysts, public officials, civil servants and nonprofit leaders.

Public Administration is a concentration area within the field of political science. It is both an academic discipline and a field of practice. Public Administration focuses on the implementation of public policy, the management of public programs and the structure and function of government and nonprofit agencies.

The MPA program at OU involves classes in public policy implementation and analysis, program evaluation, nonprofit and public management, ethics, budgeting, organizational theory, and politics--this program is filled with dynamic and spirited political discourse!

 

 

How long will it take to get my MPA?

Most students can easily complete the program in two years. But a majority choose to do it in three for better work/life balance. There is no set order to the courses, so you can go at a pace that accomodates your work schedule.

 

What can I do with an MPA?

An MPA can help government and nonprofit workers advance in their careers. This is the preferred degree for policy analysts. Also, those individuals interested in running for public office would greatly benefit from this degree.

Much like the MBA, the MPA is a desirable management degree for a wide range of people, specifically those interested in public service. The degree is helpful for those wanting to study policy, manage a public or nonprofit agency, run for public office or work as a civil servant. Our current and past student body is comprised of police officers, fire fighters, administrative lawyers, judges, senators, nonprofit directors, FBI agents, federal employees and policy analysts. It's a diverse group of people all wanting to serve the public.
 

 

Can I earn a specialty concentration within the program?

The MPA offers two concentrations: Public Policy and Nonprofit Management. You do not have to pursue a concentration if you'd rather have your electives freed up for exploration of various interests.

 

I have a full time job. Can I still pursue this degree?

The MPA program in Tulsa is geared for working adults. All classes are offered in night and weekend formats. Note: Very few classes are offered online, by design. This program is centered around discussion and debate within the classroom. 

 

How much does this program cost?

This program, for those seeking in-state tuition, is an extremely valuable cost, and more affordable than comparable programs across the nation. Click HERE to see tuition costs and fees.


When do you accept application?

Applications for the MPA program are taken and reviewed on a rolling basis. You may apply at any time. Keep in mind that classes do fill up quickly, so the sooner you apply the more likely you are to get into the classes you want. Typically, submitting your application five months before your intended start date is ideal. Click HERE to apply.

MPA Program Overview

36 credit hours

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) is the preferred graduate degree for public officials, policy analysts and nonprofit leaders. This program immerses students in real-world projects that build their skill sets and offers lively political discourse, exploring the many facets of our government’s (and nonprofits’) purpose. Designed with working adults in mind, the MPA program emphasizes flexibility and accessibility. The OU-Tulsa campus offers MPA courses in night, weekend and online formats. Most students complete the degree within two years. 

 

Degree Structure

Required courses:                                     12 hours

Area Requirements:                                 +12 hours

Electives (4 courses, any area):             +12 hours

Total hours for MPA:                              =36 hours

 

 

Required Courses

PSC 5913 - Introduction to Analysis of Political & Administrative Data         

PSC 5143 - Program Evaluation & Applied Policy Analysis                     

PSC 5183 - Public Budgeting & Finance                                                        

PSC 5950 - Research Problems (Capstone)                                                 

 

 

Area Requirements

Organizations (one course required, 3 credit hours):

PSC 5103 - Organizations: Design, Structure & Process

PSC 5193 - Comparative Administration

PSC 5293 - Administration, Ethics & American Government

PSC 6143 - Public Organizational Behavior

PSC 6173 - Leading Public Organizations

 

Management (one course required, 3 credit hours):

PSC 5033 - Foundations of Nonprofit Management

PSC 5063 - Nonprofits & Public Sector Relations

PSC 5073 - Municipal Management & Leadership

PSC 5133 - Strategic Planning & Performance Measurement

PSC 5243 - Managing Public Programs

PSC 5253 - Human Resource Administration

PSC 5363 - Public Financial Management

 

Public Policy (one course required, 3 credit hours):

PSC 5043 - Public Policy Implementation

PSC 5053 - Agenda Setting-Public Policy

PSC 5223 - Public Policy Analysis

PSC 5233 - Health Policy

PSC 5323 - Problems in Public Policy

PSC 5333 - Environmental Policy & Administration

PSC 5343 - Public Policy & Inequality

PSC 5373 - Education Policy

PSC 5393 - Regulatory Policy

PSC 6133 - Foundations in Public Policy

 

American Political Process (one course required, 3 credit hours):

PSC 5113 - Federalism & Intergovernmental Relations

PSC 5163 - Legislative Process & Behavior

PSC 5173 - Bureaucracy & Politics

PSC 5213 - Risk, Public Policy & Law

PSC 5263 - Congress in the Political System

PSC 5453 - The Presidency

 

Students may work toward a concentration (9 hours) in either "Public Policy" or "Nonprofit Management." The “Standard Concentration” has no specific requirements and allows students to take any courses to fulfill the elective hours in the program. Student may also take classes of interest from other departments within the College of Arts and Sciences with approval from their advisor.

 

 

Job Titles of MPA Students Current and Past

MPA students use their degree in a variety of ways. Below is a list of the job titles for current students and recent alumni. In 2017, 40% of the current students had either been promoted within their organizations, or had taken a new job at a higher rank since starting the MPA.

Development Coordinator

Agriculture and Natural Resources Program Coordinator

Education Coordinator

Area Supervisor

Director of Development

Vice President of Government Affairs

Executive Director

Secretary of Interior Affairs

Director of Communications

TYPros Executive Director

Division Director of Data and Information

Legal Assistant at Social Security Administration

Communications Specialist

Policy Analyst

Program Services Coordinator

Chief Operating Officer

Senior Account Executive

Business Services Specialist

City Council Aide

Department Business Manager

Quality Assurance Associate

Administrative Associate

Assistant Principal

Manager of Quality Assurance

Program Development Specialist

Americorps Vista

Corp Member at City Year Tulsa

Client Service Associate

Community Development Planner

Operations Manager

Creative Director