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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.


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 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.


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.

Let’s Get Started



  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

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