Prepare For A Career With Meaning

Now, more than ever, the public and nonprofit sector at every level needs people committed to serving the greater good of society. UCO’s Master of Public Administration prepares you to take a leadership role in public service, contributing to meaningful programs and advancements that make our communities thrive.

The UCO MPA is a 36-credit hour program that is usually completed within two years of full-time study. The program may also be completed part-time. The UCO MPA program is housed in the Political Science Department of the UCO College of Liberal Arts. The number of students enrolled at the start of the 2017-2018 academic year is 95 with an interdisciplinary team of 15 full-time faculty teaching in the program.


  • Six required courses (18 hours): Public Administration Dynamics, Public Executive Leadership, Public Finance & Budgeting, Public Sector Human Resources, Public Policy Analysis, and Research Methods
  • Five guided elective courses (15 hours)
  • A capstone paper (3 hours)
  • A comprehensive exam.

Students choose from these MPA options (tracks):

  1. Public and Nonprofit Management
  2. Urban Management

Here’s Why You Should Connect to the UCO MPA


  • The UCO MPA is respected at all levels of the public and nonprofit sector as a quality degree that prepares graduates to succeed. Just take a look at some of the places our graduates are working in the sidebar.
  • The UCO MPA is one of the most affordable in the Oklahoma City metro, offering competitive tuition and financial assistance to qualified students. Tuition estimate calculator available at
  • UCO MPA classes are offered in the evening and on weekends at the Edmond campus and UCO Downtown in Oklahoma City, and increasingly online making it easier for students working full time to achieve their degrees.
  • UCO MPA students enjoy small classes taught primarily by full-time Ph.D. faculty who integrate academic excellence, rigorous research, and professional experience.


The UCO MPA is a professional degree providing students with the training and practical skills to be successful in local, county, tribal, state, and national governments and nonprofit organizations. The “graying” of the public-sector workforce at all levels of government, especially among mid-management and professional positions best served by an MPA education, ensure continued opportunity for employment and career growth for the next several years. Growth in the nonprofit sector has increasing appeal for professionals desiring to pursue meaningful careers that really make a difference.


Students are routinely placed in a variety of professional settings including local governments like the cities of Edmond, Guthrie, Pryor, and Oklahoma City; state agencies such as the Governor’s Office, Oklahoma Health Care Authority and the State Treasurer’s Office; and federal offices such as the Veterans Administration, the U.S. Secret Service, and the White House. Note that an internship is not required for the UCO MPA.


The UCO Political Science Department offers 3-5 Teaching Assistantships each year. These opportunities are posted with the UCO Careers at Central: and the MPA Director usually sends an email notice to all departmental graduate students at the beginning of the recruitment period (usually at the beginning of each semester if available). UCO MPA Students may also be eligible for tuition waivers, financial aid, and scholarship opportunities ( For a helpful listing of how to pay for school, please visit:


For the initial cohort of sixteen students who matriculated in the program in Summer 2012, 25% completed their program within two years, 75% completed the program within four years, and 87.5% graduated within six years.

UCOO MPA Graduate Employment Statistics for 2016-2017 Graduates


19 Graduates








International Quasi-Governmental


Nonprofit, Domestic


Nonprofit. NGO


Private Sector (Not Research Oriented)


Military Service


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Let’s Get Started


  • A bachelor’s degree from an appropriately accredited institution in any field.
  • Overall GPA of 2.75, or 3.0 in last 60 hours.
  • If the GPA criteria is not met, a student may be admitted via one of two methods:
    • GRE with a minimum score of 160 Verbal and 145 Quantitative. The writing assessment portion must be at 4.0 or greater;
    • Or a master’s degree from an accredited university with an overall GPA of 3.0.
      Note: a student does not need to take the GRE/have a master’s degree if a student meets the above GPA criteria. Students who do not meet the GPA requirement may be granted conditional admission, but typically must complete 9 hours in required graduate MPA courses with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher, as approved by the MPA graduate director.


  1. Online application for UCO Graduate Admission, available at:
  2. Official transcripts from each institution attended with all degrees posted
  3. Evidence of English language proficiency (if applicable)
  4. Immunization records