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The Master of Public Administration (MPA) is the preferred graduate degree for public officials, policy analysts and nonprofit leaders.

Designed with working adults in mind, the MPA program emphasizes flexibility and accessibility. The Tulsa campus offers MPA courses in night, weekend and online formats. Most students complete the degree within two years.


To learn more about the University of Oklahoma Master of Public Administration degree please visit

Check out our feature in Tulsa People Magazine!

For questions about our graduate programs in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management, CONTACT:

Chelsea Appleton

Meg Morgan

Meg Myers Morgan, PhD, MPA
Tulsa Director - Graduate Programs in Public Administration/Nonprofit Management 
Co-Director for the Office of Community Engagement


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Spring 2019

PSC 5183 Public Budgeting and Finance (CORE)Paul Valentine

January 18-20

February 1-3

February 15-17

PSC 5033 Nonprofit Management (MANAGEMENT/CERT)Meg Myers Morgan

April 5-7

April 19-21

May 3-5

PSC 5133 Stragetic Planning and Performance ManagementMeg Myers MorganTuesdays 5:30pm-8:20pm
PSC 5950 Capstone (CORE)Paul ValentineWednesdays 5:30pm-8:20pm
PSC 5103 Organizational Design and StructurePaul ValentineThursdays 5:30pm-8:20pm

Summer 2019

PSC 5373 Education PolicyMeg Myers Morgan

May 17-19

May 31-June 2

June 14-16

NPNG 5721 Human Resources in Nonprofit Management (One Hour; CERT)Jeff WilkieJuly 19-21
NPNG 5701 Nonprofit Fundraising and Grantmaking (One Hour; CERT)

Diana Busch HartleyJuly 26-28
NPNG 5711 Nonprofit Financial Management (One Hour; CERT)Stewart BerkinshawAugust 2-4

Fall 2019

PSC 5143 Program Evaluation and Applied Policy Analysis (CORE/CERT)Meg Myers Morgan

August 23-25

September 6-8

September 20-22

P SC 5913 Intro to Analysis of Political and Adminstrative Data (CORE)TBD

September 27-29

October 11-13

October 25-27

P SC 5293 Administration, Ethics, and American Gov. Meg Myers MorganTuesdays 5:30pm-8:20pm 
P SC 5003 Introduction to Public Administration

TBDWednesdays 5:30pm-8:20pm
NPNG 5033 Nonprofits: The Sector and The System (CERT)Meg Myers Morgan

November 1-3

November 15-17

November 22-24

P SC 6133 Foundations in Public Policy TBDThursdays 5:30pm-8:20pm

Meg Myers Morgan, PhD, MPA

Tulsa Director - Master of Public Administration and Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management; Co-Director - President's Office for Community Engagement

Dr. Morgan earned her MPA from the University of Oklahoma in 2009, with concentrations in Public Policy and Public Management. Her career began in the nonprofit sector in Tulsa. She worked three years within a fundraising organization, and then worked six years as a researcher in OU-Tulsa’s Center of Applied Research for Nonprofit Organizations, where she secured grants and conducted program evaluations within the sector. Meg was on faculty for five years at Rogers State University as an instructor in the Public Administration program. She completed her PhD from OU in 2013, focusing on the relationship between the public and nonprofit sector. Her dissertation—A Case Study of a Public Private Partnership in Arts Education—explored the collaboration among the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Tulsa Public School district, and the area nonprofits as they combined efforts to equalize arts education for students in grades K-8. She most frequently teaches in the ares of public and nonprofit management, intersector collaboration, ethics, and program evaluation. Dr. Morgan now leads the the MPA program, and the Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management, on the OU-Tulsa Campus. She also and serves as the Co-Director of the OU-Tulsa President's Office for Community Engagement. 

To seek admission, students must apply directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions by submitting the official online application form, along with transcripts and the application fee. In addition, the Political Science Department requires the following to admit a candidate into the program:

- A minimum 3.0 GPA in an undergraduate degree program. 

- Two letters of recommendation.

- A personal statement of no less than 1,000 words describing your academic/professional background and how the MPA degree will specifically enhance your career goals.



A candidate may be asked to provide GRE scores if he/she does not meet the minimum admissions requirements, or if the committee needs additional information to make a final decision.


The Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management includes four core classes and three 1-hour seminars (15 hours total). This certificate is a stand alone program. Upon completion, however, the certificate can be fully applied to the MPA program, or some of the courses (9 credit hours) can be applied to other programs within the College of Arts and Sciences. All courses are offered on nights and weekends to accommodate the working adult. Student must apply to the program and meet the standards of the OU Graduate College. 

Contact Dr. Meg Myers Morgan ( for more information.

Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management

15 credit hours

CourseTopics Covered
PSC 5033 Nonprofit Management (3hr)Mission and vision planning; volunteer recruitment; board development and relations; succession planning; strategic planning; media relations; marketing
PSC 5143 Program Evaluation (3hr)Analyzing and engaging stakeholders; logic modeling; survey design; focus group and interview training; statistics in program evaluation; reporting data
NPNG Nonprofit Law and Policy (3hr)Legal Guidelines and responsibilities; tax code (all 501(c)s); income reporting; transparency; policy and advocacy opportunities and limitations
NPNG Nonprofits: The Sector and The System (3hr)Public/Private partnerships; sector relations; grant-based relationships; government contracts
NPNG Nonprofit Fundraising and GrantmakingOne credit hour practitioner-taught course
NPNG Nonprofit Financial ManagementOne credit hour practitioner-taught course
NPNG Nonprofit Human ResourceOne credit hour practitioner-taught course

What is an MPA?

In general, the MPA is the management degree for the public and nonprofit sectors.  An MPA is much like an MBA. Both are professional degrees focused on management. But the MBA focuses on business models and financial gains, while the MPA focuses on government structure and the public good. A Master of Public Administration (MPA) is the preferred graduate degree of policy analysts, public officials, civil servants and nonprofit leaders.

Public Administration is a concentration area within the field of political science. It is both an academic discipline and a field of practice. Public Administration focuses on the implementation of public policy, the management of public programs and the structure and function of government and nonprofit agencies.

The MPA program at OU involves classes in public policy implementation and analysis, program evaluation, nonprofit and public management, ethics, budgeting, organizational theory, and politics--this program is filled with dynamic and spirited political discourse!



How long will it take to get my MPA?

Most students can easily complete the program in two years. But a majority choose to do it in three for better work/life balance. There is no set order to the courses, so you can go at a pace that accomodates your work schedule.


What can I do with an MPA?

An MPA can help government and nonprofit workers advance in their careers. This is the preferred degree for policy analysts. Also, those individuals interested in running for public office would greatly benefit from this degree.

Much like the MBA, the MPA is a desirable management degree for a wide range of people, specifically those interested in public service. The degree is helpful for those wanting to study policy, manage a public or nonprofit agency, run for public office or work as a civil servant. Our current and past student body is comprised of police officers, fire fighters, administrative lawyers, judges, senators, nonprofit directors, FBI agents, federal employees and policy analysts. It's a diverse group of people all wanting to serve the public.


Can I earn a specialty concentration within the program?

The MPA offers two concentrations: Public Policy and Nonprofit Management. You do not have to pursue a concentration if you'd rather have your electives freed up for exploration of various interests.


I have a full time job. Can I still pursue this degree?

The MPA program in Tulsa is geared for working adults. All classes are offered in night and weekend formats. Note: Very few classes are offered online, by design. This program is centered around discussion and debate within the classroom. 


How much does this program cost?

This program, for those seeking in-state tuition, is an extremely valuable cost, and more affordable than comparable programs across the nation. Click HERE to see tuition costs and fees.

When do you accept application?

Applications for the MPA program are taken and reviewed on a rolling basis. You may apply at any time. Keep in mind that classes do fill up quickly, so the sooner you apply the more likely you are to get into the classes you want. Typically, submitting your application five months before your intended start date is ideal. Click HERE to apply.

MPA Program Overview

36 credit hours

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) is the preferred graduate degree for public officials, policy analysts and nonprofit leaders. This program immerses students in real-world projects that build their skill sets and offers lively political discourse, exploring the many facets of our government’s (and nonprofits’) purpose. Designed with working adults in mind, the MPA program emphasizes flexibility and accessibility. The OU-Tulsa campus offers MPA courses in night, weekend and online formats. Most students complete the degree within two years. 


Degree Structure

Required courses:                                     12 hours

Area Requirements:                                 +12 hours

Electives (4 courses, any area):             +12 hours

Total hours for MPA:                              =36 hours



Required Courses

PSC 5913 - Introduction to Analysis of Political & Administrative Data         

PSC 5143 - Program Evaluation & Applied Policy Analysis                     

PSC 5183 - Public Budgeting & Finance                                                        

PSC 5950 - Research Problems (Capstone)                                                 



Area Requirements

Organizations (one course required, 3 credit hours):

PSC 5103 - Organizations: Design, Structure & Process

PSC 5193 - Comparative Administration

PSC 5293 - Administration, Ethics & American Government

PSC 6143 - Public Organizational Behavior

PSC 6173 - Leading Public Organizations


Management (one course required, 3 credit hours):

PSC 5033 - Foundations of Nonprofit Management

PSC 5063 - Nonprofits & Public Sector Relations

PSC 5073 - Municipal Management & Leadership

PSC 5133 - Strategic Planning & Performance Measurement

PSC 5243 - Managing Public Programs

PSC 5253 - Human Resource Administration

PSC 5363 - Public Financial Management


Public Policy (one course required, 3 credit hours):

PSC 5043 - Public Policy Implementation

PSC 5053 - Agenda Setting-Public Policy

PSC 5223 - Public Policy Analysis

PSC 5233 - Health Policy

PSC 5323 - Problems in Public Policy

PSC 5333 - Environmental Policy & Administration

PSC 5343 - Public Policy & Inequality

PSC 5373 - Education Policy

PSC 5393 - Regulatory Policy

PSC 6133 - Foundations in Public Policy


American Political Process (one course required, 3 credit hours):

PSC 5113 - Federalism & Intergovernmental Relations

PSC 5163 - Legislative Process & Behavior

PSC 5173 - Bureaucracy & Politics

PSC 5213 - Risk, Public Policy & Law

PSC 5263 - Congress in the Political System

PSC 5453 - The Presidency


Students may work toward a concentration (9 hours) in either "Public Policy" or "Nonprofit Management." The “Standard Concentration” has no specific requirements and allows students to take any courses to fulfill the elective hours in the program. Student may also take classes of interest from other departments within the College of Arts and Sciences with approval from their advisor.



Job Titles of MPA Students Current and Past

MPA students use their degree in a variety of ways. Below is a list of the job titles for current students and recent alumni. In 2017, 40% of the current students had either been promoted within their organizations, or had taken a new job at a higher rank since starting the MPA.

Development Coordinator

Agriculture and Natural Resources Program Coordinator

Education Coordinator

Area Supervisor

Director of Development

Vice President of Government Affairs

Executive Director

Secretary of Interior Affairs

Director of Communications

TYPros Executive Director

Division Director of Data and Information

Legal Assistant at Social Security Administration

Communications Specialist

Policy Analyst

Program Services Coordinator

Chief Operating Officer

Senior Account Executive

Business Services Specialist

City Council Aide

Department Business Manager

Quality Assurance Associate

Administrative Associate

Assistant Principal

Manager of Quality Assurance

Program Development Specialist

Americorps Vista

Corp Member at City Year Tulsa

Client Service Associate

Community Development Planner

Operations Manager

Creative Director