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Now, more than ever, our communities need people committed to serving the greater good of society. The UCO 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.

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.

The UCO MPA may be completed online or on campus.

On Campus


Courses You'll Take

The UCO MPA is a 36-credit hour program that is usually completed within two years of full-time study (nine hours per semester). UCO MPA students enjoy small classes taught primarily by full-time Ph.D. faculty who integrate academic excellence, rigorous research, and professional experience. The program also may be completed part time. It is housed in the Department of Political Science in the College of Liberal Arts.



The values of the UCO MPA include:

  • Professionalism;
  • Ethical Leadership:
  • Diverse and Global Perspectives; and, 
  • Social and Environmental Justice.

Requirements for Admission

  • A bachelor’s degree from an appropriately accredited institution in any field.
  • Overall GPA of 2.75 or 3.0 in the last 60 hours attempted.
  • 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;
    • Obtains a GRE 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;
    • Or possess a master’s degree from an accredited university/ college with an overall GPA of 3.00.


Accelerated Degree Pathway (ADP) 

Look forward to applying your junior year. 

  • Begin graduate studies your senior year;
  • Count graduate courses toward your undergraduate AND master's degrees; and,
  • Reduce time completing both degrees.

B.A. to M.P.A.

Undergraduate students wishing to apply for the B.A./MPA Accelerated Degree Pathway in Public Administration may enroll in three MPA graduate-level courses as seniors under the Graduate College’s Accelerated Degree Pathway Program Policy. Admission requires a 3.0 undergraduate GPA and application to and approval of the POL Accelerated B.A./MPA Committee.

Career Opportunities

The UCO MPA is a professional degree that provides the training and practical skills to be successful in local, county, tribal, state, national governments, nonprofit organizations and even private companies. 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 make a difference. Private companies also are looking for public service-minded employees who care about the triple bottom line – not only financial success, but also social and environmental impacts.


The UCO MPA offers flexibility for working adults with night and weekend classes on our Edmond campus and downtown Oklahoma City facility, as well as online and streaming classes. Students can also create customized learning opportunities such as internships, field studies, institutes, workshops and independent studies that can help them complete their degree faster.

JD/MPA Paired Degree

Students can now work faster toward their leadership role in public service with our paired-degree program. In collaboration with the Oklahoma City School of Law, J.D. and MPA students may complete both degrees in less time.

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MPA Program Accreditation

The UCO MPA is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) — the global standard for public service education. The NASPAA standard ensures programs promote public service values, bound in the pursuit of programmatic improvement and educational quality. Central is one of only two institutions in Oklahoma to be accredited, and one of 208 programs globally.