About the MPA Program
The Master of Public Administration (MPA) at Oakland University provides a challenging education for recent graduates seeking professional careers and for those already employed in governmental and other public agencies. The need for such programs is recognized, given the growth in the number and complexity of agencies at the state and local level and the concerns for both responsive and effective public service at all levels. The MPA program seeks a generalist focus through a set of core courses and provides an opportunity for specialization through the electives and the directed project/internship option. Persons with significant experience in public service will be advised to undertake a directed project; those seeking a transition to a public service career will be encouraged to find a public administration internship in one of the area agencies. All courses in the program will be offered weekday evenings, or in some cases, on Saturdays.
Program director will review undergraduate transcript to determine if these courses are needed. They are not required of all students entering the program and are not included in the 40 credit program total.
View the academic catalog for a full description of the program and all of the necessary requirements for the MPA program.
Featured video: MPA Foundations Course Overview
View the online catalog for concentration requirements.
Featured video: Meet OU's MPA Program Coordinator!
Preparation for the MPA
Degrees in a wide variety of majors will prepare the student for admission. Students with limited or no background in statistics, accounting, and macro-economics are provided foundation courses to correct these deficiencies. Students otherwise qualified for admission to the program, but lacking in these areas, may be admitted conditionally with the requirement that the deficiency be corrected during the first year of the program. During an applicant's initial interview with the MPA Program Coordinator, a plan will be made for meeting these requirements. Credits earned to meet these standards will not be counted toward the total graduate credits needed for the degree. Note: Neither the GRE nor the GMAT are required for admission to this program.
- Send an official transcript from the university that the student attended directly to the Graduate Admissions office
- Complete the Application for Admission To Graduate Study
- Submit two letters of reference
- Submit two essays
You may contact the MPA Program Coordinator, Suzanne Rossi, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (248) 370-4117 if you have any questions.
Oakland University's Campus Location in Mt. Clemens
Oakland University's MPA program is now offering courses at the new Mt. Clemens campus: The Anton/Frankel Center (AFC). The AFC building provides an opportunity for students to have access to a quality OU education closer to where they work and live. The AFC building itself has state of the art classroom technology, as well as free Wi-Fi for the students' convenience. Each fall and winter semester, one core MPA course and one elective in the criminal justice leadership or the court administration concentration will be offered.
It is possible for a student to earn an MPA degree in three years by taking classes entirely at the AFC location. A student can concentrate in either criminal justice leadership or court administration exclusively at the AFC, or they can choose to pursue a generalist MPA degree. Please contact Suzanne Rossi (email@example.com) to set up an advising appointment and learn how the new AFC center can benefit you as you pursue your master's degree!