The UCO MPA inspires public values by providing transformative learning experiences for ethical leaders striving to improve communities in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area and the world. As the flagship public service program for Oklahoma’s metropolitan university, the UCO MPA prepares professionals to serve as leaders in local, state, and national governments; nonprofit organizations; and international agencies. UCO MPA graduates inform public debate and address critical policy issues. The values of the UCO MPA include civic engagement/collaboration, discipline knowledge/professional competence, diversity and cultural sensitivity, environmental stewardship, ethical leadership, global awareness, good governance, pride in public service, quality of life, and social justice.

Admission Requirements

Submit the following items to:
Jackson College of Graduate Studies
100 N. University Drive, NUC 404
Edmond, OK 73034

  • Online application for admission at
  • Official copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts from each institution attended with all degrees posted. All transcripts must be from accredited institutions.

A student may be admitted by one of the three following methods:

  • A minimum 2.75 GPA overall or 3.00 GPA in the last 60 hours attempted.
  • GRE scores. The student must obtain a score of 150 on the Verbal portion of the GRE, 145 on the Quantitative portion of the GRE, and 4.5 on the Writing portion of the GRE (pending Regent approval).
  • Possess a master’s degree from an accredited university/college with an overall GPA of 3.00.
  • Students with a native language other than English must submit evidence of English language proficiency.

*Students falling below these standards may qualify for conditional admission.

Other Requirements

  • Plan of Study. Each student must develop a plan of study with his/her program advisor and file it with the Jackson College of Graduate Studies by the end of the first semester of graduate work. The plan must be signed and dated by the student and the graduate program advisor before it can be considered official.
  • Academic Standards. Meet the following coursework standards:
    • Overall GPA of 3.00 or higher.
    • No more than 6 hours of “C”.
    • No more than 6 advisor-approved hours of independent study courses.
  • Core Comprehensive Examination. Achieve a minimum score of “pass” on the Public Administration competency examination. Examinations will be established on a schedule determined by the graduate program advisor. Students may retake an examination only once and only upon approval of the graduate program advisor.
  • Course Completion. Completion of 36 hours: 21 hours of core courses including 3 hours of capstone paper, 9 hours selected from guided electives and 6 hours of general electives.
  • Final Requirements. Apply for graduation through the JCGS by the advertised deadline.

Graduation Requirements

Required Courses (21 hours)

Course Title
POL 5053 Public Administration Dynamics
POL 5033 Research Methods
POL 5193 Public Finance and Budgeting
POL 5413 Public Policy Analysis
POL 5423 Public Executive Leadership
POL 5473 Public Sector Human Resources
POL 5983 Capstone Paper

Guided Electives (15 hours)
(Courses offered on a rotating basis)

Course Title
GEO 5113 Geographical Information Systems
POL 5013 Urban History of Policy/Admin
POL 5043 Municipal Management
POL 5113 Advanced Contemporary Problems
POL 5123 Budgeting for Cities & States
POL 5133 Problems - State & Urban Government
POL 5153 American Politics
POL 5163 Intergovernmental Relations
POL 5173 Urban Planning and Politics
POL 5203 Public Organizational Theory
POL 5223 Presidency & Executive Branch
POL 5273 International Political Risk Analysis
POL 5323 Constitution & Criminal Procedure
POL 5333 Constitution & Civil Liberties
POL 5353 Ethics in the Public Service
POL 5363 Urban Sustainability
POL 5433 Minority Politics & Policy
POL 5443 Environmental Politics
POL 5453 Cases in Public Administration
POL 5463 Managing Nonprofit Organizations
POL 5483 Administrative Law
POL 5513 Public Program Evaluation
POL 5523 Urban Housing Policy
POL 5523 Urban Housing Policy
POL 5533 Dispute Resolution/Negotiation
POL 5543 State Administration & Policy
POL 5553 Espionage and Intelligence
POL 5563 Economic Development
POL 5583 Comparative Public Administration
POL 5793 Managing Public Sector Crises
POL 5503 Immigration Policy
POL 5373 Science and Technology Policy
POL 5653 International Organization
POL 5663 Politics and the World Economy
POL 5783 Health Policy & Administration
POL 5930 Individual Study in Government
POL 5950 Internship

International Scholarships

The University of Central Oklahoma is committed to providing affordable tuition to our students and their families from all over the world. UCO recognizes and rewards student achievements by offering scholarships and awards on the basis of academic merit, talent in the fine arts or athletics. Other awards are based upon financial need. Students may qualify for both types of awards.

On-campus employment is also available to assist international students with their cost of living. International students may apply for on-campus jobs and work up to 20 hours per week after they arrive. On-campus employment is not guaranteed.

Future Students

  • For a full list of Scholarships available to Undergraduate Freshman students, please Click here.
  • For a full list of Scholarships available to Undergraduate Transfer students, please Click here.
  • For a full list of Scholarships available to Graduate students, please Click here.

Please note that applying for most of these scholarships does not require any action from a student. Scholarship decision is made by an Admission's Advisor based on your academic and English proficiency scores. The exceptions are President's Leadership Council, Leaders of Tomorrow Council and Legacy Non-Resident Waiver Scholarships.

Current Students

  • Leadership Scholarship - $400 (one-time award)
    Each Spring semester, several applicants will be awarded pending funding by the administration. The elected ISC President will be awarded $1000.00 each Spring and Fall semester.
  • International Pageant Scholarship
    Scholarship amounts are granted each Spring for the top three winners of the male and female category.
  • Non-Resident Tuition Waiver Scholarship - up to $1,000 (one-time award).
    The scholarship is awarded to students based on their GPA and leadership involvement while studying at UCO.
  • For a list of other scholarship opportunities, please refer to UCO Scholarships and UCO Scholarship Application Utility.

*In most cases, scholarships are stackable but may not exceed the cost of tuition.

Cost & Fees

  • Resident General Tuition Fee per credit hour $268.75
  • Non-Resident General Tuition Fee per credit hour $396.00
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Last updated September 10, 2018
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 2019
2 years
731 USD
General fee: $282.75 / Nonresident fee: $417.00 Total: $731.05 (per international credit hour)
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