"UND's online MPA program has been simply outstanding. Although I am a California resident, I formed relationships with fellow students in Grand Forks and across the country. My professors were very accessible and I spoke with them regularly, even though there was a two hour time difference. Classes were delivered in a format that was conducive to discussion and I got to participate just as much, if not more than students present in the classroom in Grand Forks.
I learned from practitioners and scholars within the field of public administration. Furthermore, I was given all the tools necessary to effectively develop, implement, and assess policy and was made aware of the issues that current public administrators face and how to successfully address them.
I am very happy with my choice and am coming out of the program ready to be an administrator at a higher level and well prepared to begin my doctoral studies. I highly recommend the program."
"I believe a Master's in Public Administration will give me an advantage and differentiate myself from the many other talented people within state government. It has already given me a good understanding of why we do a lot of the things we do in state government.
Without the distance degree program and its night classes, I would not have started a master's program. The program was a great fit for my needs. I was also excited to start a nationally recognized program right in the Bismarck/Mandan area.
The distance degree program allowed me to meet many other professionals from other state agencies that I would not have met without the program. The program was a good networking opportunity.
I think I have learned more relevant job-specific information in this first year, than during the prior 4 years in college. I think pairing the program with my years of governmental service has allowed me to get the most benefit out of the program."
- Josh Bearfield, ND Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Bismarck, ND