Essay Requirements Uwo

Nevin James Writing Contest

Department of English, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

Deadline for submission of entries: Feb. 7, 2018

Submissions are accepted via email. Follow the directions on the entry form.

Download the entry form (PDF)

Who is Eligible?

Any student enrolled in any Writing-Based Inquiry Seminar (WBIS) or equivalent class during the Spring 2017 or Fall 2017 semesters.This includes WBIS 188, English 110, English 101, and CAPP English 101.


  • Essays must have been submitted for a grade in WBIS 188, ENG 110, or CAPP English 101 (revised essays acceptable).
  • One submission per writer, please.
  • Instructors should limit their nominations to five total students per semester, across all sections.
  • The student's and instructor's names should be removed from all pages of the essay and assignment sheet.
  • The Entry Form must be submitted with the essay.
  • Winners will be honored at the University Honors and Awards Ceremony (held in April).


  1. After the entry form is filled out and names are removed from all other materials, email your submission to the Director of First-Year Writing (instructions on entry form). Submissions should be prepared collaboratively by students and instructors, but either one may send the submission email.
  2. Your submission will be acknowledged via email.
  3. Winners notified in March 2018.
  4. Winners will receive cash prizes applied to their UW Oshkosh student accounts and will be invited to participate in the Honors and Awards Ceremony held in April 2017.

Dr. Samantha Looker-Koenigs, Director of First-Year Writing

  • A statement of professional goals and objectives. The statement should consist of a minimum of two paragraphs, single-spaced on one sheet of paper, communicating how a candidate's career aspirations fit with the MPA program. 
  • A current resume.
  • A two-page paper that has the following topic: "The National Academy of Public Administration has identified four pillars of public  administration-economy, efficiency, effectiveness, and social equity. Please explain why they are all equally critical to the successful practice of public administration today."
  • Letters of reference from three professional and/or academic individuals who are able to assess the likelihood of success in graduate school.
Professional or volunteer experience in the public or non-profit sectors, or health care industry is preferred, but not required. 

Graduate Healthcare Management (HCM) Certificate Admission Requirements

  • Online application. The first step in the application process is to complete an online UW System application for admission to UW Oshkosh. 
  • A $56 non-refundable application fee is required and cannot be waived. It is recommended that the fee is paid at the time you submit the online application. Processing will not proceed if the fee is not paid.
  • Official transcripts. Official transcripts of all collegiate work must be sent directly to the Office of Graduate Studies from the issuing institution. Copies "issued to student" are not considered official. Only transcripts from regionally accredited schools will be considered. If an applicant is a current or former UW Oshkosh graduate or undergraduate student, he or she does not need to provide an official UW Oshkosh Transcript.
  • Essay. A brief essay of 200-500 words stating why the applicant is seeking admission to the graduate HCM Certificate program.
  • If you wish to apply to both the MPA program and the graduate HCM Certificate program, you must submit two separate applications, indicating which program you are applying to. Both types of programs use the same application form. You do not need to pay the application fee of $56 if you are already admitted in the MPA or another graduate program.

MPA & HCM Application Submission & Review Procedures

  • Application Documents Submission: All Master of Public Administration program and/or Healthcare Management Certificate application documents (see above) must be submitted directly to the UW Oshkosh Office of Graduate Studies via email (, or fax (920-424-0247), or mail. 
     Mailing Address: 
     UW Oshkosh Office of Graduate Studies
     800 Algoma Blvd. 
     Dempsey Hall, Room 337
     Oshkosh, WI 54901-8621
  • Checking Application Status. The Office of Graduate Studies has added a checklist to the students' TitanWeb.  This will list all of the items that a student would need in order to have their admission application complete.  On the student's TitanWeb Student Service Center home page it will list the items under their To Do list.  Under details it will state if the items were received or still pending (initiated).  This will allow the students to be able to check on the status of the application process. Once the admission decision has been made the checklist will be removed from the student's TitanWeb. 
  • Application Documents Review Procedures. Once the Public Administration Department receives the candidate's complete application package from the Graduate Studies Office, all faculty in the department review the documents and make a decision about the candidate's admittance. The Graduate Studies Office is informed of the department's admission decision. Candidates are then notified officially by mail. 

Early Registration in MPA Classes Encouraged

  • Because MPA courses have 20-student capacity each and fill very quickly, it is recommended that all current and prospective students register for classes during their application process to reserve their seats
  • Once prospective students apply and pay the $56 application fee, their record is built overnight and they acquire a special student status. Students can enroll in any classes having special student status, but they do not qualify for financial aid with that status. Once students' documents are reviewed and they are admitted to the MPA program, their special student status changes and they may qualify for financial aid (if needed). 
  • Students can use the TitanWeb to log in and enroll in MPA 711 Introduction to Public Administration-a first required course in the MPA program. Enrollment in additional courses is also possible in consultation with Dr. Anna Filipova (; 920-424-0037).  
  • Registration for classes does not require an immediate payment. Students are charged for the classes by the first due date of the semester. These due dates can be found on the Student Financial Services website. Generally, the first due date for fall and spring terms is at the end of the second week of classes. During summer, payments are due the first day of the summer term.

Applying as a Special Student

If you want "to test the waters" about the MPA program before you make a decision to apply for it, or if you simply want to take some MPA courses without pursuing a graduate degree, you can do so as a special student. 

Read the special student registration procedures below:

  1. Print the two-page special student registration form (PDF format).
  2. On TitanWeb log in as a guest and find current semester class offerings of courses.
  3. Place the required course information at the bottom of the registration form (first page, boxed area).
  4. Mail, fax or email the completed registration form to the Graduate Studies Office. Make sure both pages of the registration form are completed and signed. 
  5. You will receive a letter from the Graduate Studies office once a record is built for you including information on e-mail and Desire to Learn (D2L).


  • No more than 12 credits earned as a Graduate Special student may later apply to degree requirements. 
  • See the Graduate Studies Policy about Special Students and non-degree student classifications.
  • Special students must receive grades of at least a B in all coursework.
  • Special students are not eligible to receive financial aid.

Contact Information

Department Chair & MPA Coordinator 

If you would like to learn more about the programs offered by the Department of Public Administration, or if those are the right programs for you, please contact Dr. Anna Filipova (please see advising times). 

  • Office: Clow Faculty Building, 4th floor, Room F420
  • Phone: (920) 424-0037
  • Email:

Office of Graduate Studies

If you would like to learn more about the admission process, graduate admission requirements, and information about scholarships, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies.

  • Office: Dempsey Hall, Room 337
  • Phone: (920) 424-1223
  • Fax: (920) 424-0247
  • Email:
  • Website

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