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Dr. Brett Sharp teachingOur Mission

As the flagship public service program for Oklahoma’s metropolitan university, the University of Central Oklahoma MPA serves diverse communities by preparing ethical, transformational leaders who creatively and analytically inform public dialogue and manage policy through collaborative action by preparing graduates for careers in government, nonprofit organizations and other public service fields. 

Land Acknowledgement

The MPA faculty acknowledge and honor the Indigenous peoples, the Apache, Arapaho, Caddo, Comanche, Kiowa, Osage and Wichita, whose traditional lands overlap in Oklahoma. In addition, the faculty remember the 60 tribes who were relocated during the genocidal disruptions of the removal era, including, but not limited to the nations of the Sac and Fox, Seminole and Cherokee, as well as Delaware, Osage, Ponca, Chickasaw and Pawnee. Oklahoma has the third-largest number of tribes, behind Alaska and California.


To be the graduate program of choice for Oklahoma’s public servants.


  • Professionalism
  • Ethical Leadership
  • Diverse and Global Perspectives
  • Social and Environmental Justice

UCO MPA Public Service Values Explained

Professionalism in the UCO MPA program is an overarching public service principle encompassing all other values that guide indispensably neutral agents of democracy who carry out the decisions of the elected representatives of the people. In addition to neutrality, other standards are loyalty, transparency, diligence, punctuality, effectiveness and impartiality. 

Ethical Leadership is the ability to exercise evidence-based judgment and discretion when carrying out official duties. It is the duty of MPA graduates to foster communities that are inclusive and that allow all individuals to pursue and fulfill their needs and meet their highest potential.

Diverse and Global Perspectives charge the faculty to teach MPA students to see the world from perspectives other than their own by developing cognitive, affective, behavioral skills and characteristics that support effective and appropriate interaction in a variety of cultural, social and religious contexts.

Social and Environmental Justice calls for the development of conceptually viable connections between personal life and the planet by banishing beliefs that people are different and, therefore, disposable and that the environment is exploitable rather than sustainable.


The University of Central Oklahoma is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, an entity recognized by the United States Department of Education and the Council of Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).