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.
Submit the following items to:
Jackson College of Graduate Studies
100 N. University Drive, NUC 404
Edmond, OK 73034
- Online application for admission at www.uco.edu/graduate.
- 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.
- 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.
Required Courses (21 hours)
||Public Administration Dynamics
||Public Finance and Budgeting
||Public Policy Analysis
||Public Executive Leadership
||Public Sector Human Resources
Guided Electives (15 hours)
(Courses offered on a rotating basis)
||Geographical Information Systems
||Urban History of Policy/Admin
||Advanced Contemporary Problems
||Budgeting for Cities & States
||Problems - State & Urban Government
||Urban Planning and Politics
||Public Organizational Theory
||Presidency & Executive Branch
||International Political Risk Analysis
||Constitution & Criminal Procedure
||Constitution & Civil Liberties
||Ethics in the Public Service
||Minority Politics & Policy
||Cases in Public Administration
||Managing Nonprofit Organizations
||Public Program Evaluation
||Urban Housing Policy
||Urban Housing Policy
||State Administration & Policy
||Espionage and Intelligence
||Comparative Public Administration
||Managing Public Sector Crises
||Science and Technology Policy
||Politics and the World Economy
||Health Policy & Administration
||Individual Study in Government
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.
- 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.
- 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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