Why earn a master's degree in public administration?

Graduate Application Deadlines
May 15* | Aug. 1
Oct. 15* | Dec. 1
March 15* | May 1

*Priority deadline

Online and On-Campus M.P.A. Program

UND's M.P.A. program is offered in person or online. Whether you attend on campus or stream your class via the Internet, you'll interact with faculty members and other students. That flexibility means you can earn a top-ranked degree no matter where you live, and pay in-state tuition. While the M.P.A. degree is similar, in some respects, to a MBA, it specifically prepares you to address the strategic challenges facing government and non-profit organizations. You'll confront issues such as ethics, management, leadership and other topics specific to public policy.

Unique M.P.A. Master's Degree

UND's graduate degree is unusual among M.P.A. programs in that it can be specialized in the field of health care with a health-administration track. Further focus may be added with graduate certificates in Policy Analysis or Public Administration.

UND's M.P.A. Program

  • Students must complete an internship, a capstone project and an independent study project. Students with at least one year of administrative experience may apply for an internship waiver.

  • Gain access to the tools, resources and people of UND's Career Services office. We will help you find a job.

  • Students in our Public Affairs bachelor's degree program can earn a M.P.A. in just one extra year in our five-year combined program.

  • Distance doesn't affect our faculty's care. Students who participate online engage with faculty during class, over the phone and via email.

  • The Bureau of Governmental Affairs serves as the research department for this program.

  • The M.P.A. program is NASPAA Accredited by the Commission on Peer Review & Accreditation.

Public Administration Careers


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Number of M.P.A. grads either employed or pursuing further education within 6 months of graduation

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Employers recognize that candidates with an M.P.A. understand the leadership and policy challenges facing governments and non-profit organizations and how to achieve greater efficiency. You'll find career options in fields such as:

  • Hospital administration
  • Human resources
  • Nonprofit management
  • City and county administration
  • Management consulting

What can you do with a master's degree in Public Administration?

A master's degree in Public Administration gives you the strategic skills you need, including:

  • Strategic Planning
  • Event Planning
  • Public Administration
  • Fundraising
  • Project Management
  • Public Relations

UND Public Administration Alumni

Public Administration alumni have gone on to a variety of successful careers with:

  • Sanford Health
  • Aptargroup, Inc.
  • Best Buy Co.
  • City Governments
  • City Police Departments

Graduate Public Administration Course Options

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Top Online M.P.A. Program

UND is increasingly ranked as one of the top academic institutions in the nation for earning a master's degree in public administration online.

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Leader in Action

Kyle Thorson credits his experience and education at UND with building the skills necessary to lead in the community.