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.
"Oakland University’s Master of Public Administration Program is committed to creating a welcoming environment for all students, faculty, and staff. We will work to inculcate an awareness of the value of diversity and to impart the ability to interact respectfully and productively with all stakeholders, regardless of race, ethnicity, sex, class, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, disability, age, and/or veteran status."
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The requirement for the MPA is 40 credits. All required courses are offered during weekday evenings and, in some cases, on Saturdays. If students successfully carry a full-time class load of 8 credits, it will be possible to complete the program in two calendar years or five semesters, starting in the fall of one year and ending in the spring/summer of the next academic year.
View the academic catalog for a full description of the program and all necessary MPA Program requirements.
In addition to the 24 credits in the core curriculum, a student may take all 12 elective credits in one of five concentrations:
Admission to the program is selective. Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited undergraduate institution, and must have a grade record that indicates above-average work (generally, a GPA of 3.0 or greater.)
Please contact the MPA Program Coordinator, Suzanne Rossi, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (248) 370-4117
- 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 reference forms
- Submit two essays
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The Post-Master’s Certificate program, offered by the Master of Public Administration program, is designed to provide students who have already earned an MPA or a similar degree with additional education and training in specialized areas of public management and administration.
How many students are enrolled in the program, and do they have prior experience?
On average there are around 40 students in a cohort. For the 2014-2015 cohort, 49% percent of students were pre-service and had not worked in public or nonprofit organizations prior to their enrollment in the program; 51% percent were currently working, or had some experience, in public or nonprofit settings beforehand. 70% of the students in this cohort were considered full-time and enrolled in at least two classes.
How many enrolled students complete the program?
The program is designed for students to finish in five semesters. Full-time students complete the program in two years with continuous full-time enrollment, while part-time students have up to six years to complete the program. The data below show the completion rate for the cohort of 39 students who entered the program during the 2009-2010 academic years:
Graduated within 2 years:
Graduated within 3 years:
Graduated within 6 years:
Of the 39 students who were newly enrolled in 2009, 69% graduated within six years of starting the program. Students who did not graduate moved to other programs or had circumstances arise that otherwise prevented completion within the required time frame.
Where are our students after graduation?
Oakland University MPA graduates go on to hold a variety of positions in the public and nonprofit sectors, with a number of graduates also either moving on to utilize their skills in the private sector or opting to further their education. The chart below presents job placement statistics for MPA graduates in the 2014-2015 cohort; employment categories were created by the Network of Schools for Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA).
Who Employs Oakland University’s MPA Graduates?
MPA graduates are employed in a variety of state and local government settings, including Oakland County, Auburn Hills, Clinton Township, as well as in various nationally-recognized nonprofit organizations including the American Cancer Society, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and Forgotten Harvest. Our organization is also represented in hospitals and correctional facilities around the state, as well as in various areas of the private sector. Alumni, including members of the 2014-2015 cohort, are currently working in the following positions: