Jun 17, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Public Administration and Public Policy, B.S. to M.P.A.

Accelerated Public Administration and Public Policy Bachelor of Science to Master of Public Administration Program (B.S. to M.P.A)

The Accelerated Public Administration and Public Policy, B.S. to M.P.A. option is designed for high achieving undergraduate students pursuing a bachelor’s in public administration at Oakland University and wishing to complete a Master of Public Administration degree directly following. The accelerated B.S. to M.P.A. allows students to take four graduate level courses, PA 5100, PA 5200 and PA 5300, and one 5000-level PA elective (excepting PA 5030), while still an undergraduate and pay undergraduate tuition rates. Within the B.S. requirements , PA 5100 replaces PS 3305 . PA 5200 replaces PS 3320 , and PA 5300 replaces PS 3325 .

To be eligible for the Public Administration and Public Policy, B.S. to M.P.A. option, students must:

  1. Have earned a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher and completed at least six classes of the undergraduate program major courses.
  2. Apply for and receive delayed admission into the MPA program thereby allowing the substitution of graduate classes PA 5100, PA 5200, PA 5300 in place of three undergraduate classes, PS 3305 PS 3320 , PS 3325 . Note:  Students must receive formal delayed admission into the program to be eligible to register for PA 5100, PA 5200, and PA 5300.
  3. Maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average to completion of the B.S. degree in Public Administration and Public Policy and gain formal admission into the M.P.A. program.

Students admitted to this accelerated program can graduate with an M.P.A. degree in five years. Students wishing to acquire a specialized concentration may need extra semesters to complete the concentration.

To apply to the B.S. to M.P.A. program, contact the M.P.A. coordinator at (248) 370-4117 or M.P.A. director, Prof. Pat Piskulich (ppiskuli@oakland.edu).

Additional Information

In addition to these major requirements, students must complete the Oakland University General Education Requirement , the College of Arts and Sciences College Exploratory Requirement , and an appropriate number of free elective classes to meet the overall credit requirement for the degree (in most cases 124; some degrees may require a greater number).

As a general rule, no more than eight credits of course work used to satisfy one major, minor or concentration may be applied toward another, but exceptions to this rule may be allowed with the written approval of the program coordinators.