Public Administration (M.P.A.)
Establish credentials as a public policy leader with a degree from a top institution.
Governments and nonprofit organizations face a host of complex policy and management challenges. Graduates of UND's Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) program learn to navigate those. Because each class is available on campus or online, you'll be able to study while keeping your current job.
- Program type:
- Master's Degree
- On-campus or online
- Est. time to complete:
- 2+ years
- Credit hours:
Why Earn a Master's in Public Administration at UND?
UND's M.P.A. program is offered either 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 M.B.A, 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.
In additional to the general track, our flexible curriculum offers defined tracks in health administration and social entrepreneurship. If you aren't ready to commit to a full master's program, consider a graduate certificate in Policy Analysis, Public Administration or Social Entrepreneurship.
Top Online Master's in Public Administration Program
UND is increasingly regarded as one of the top academic institutions in the nation for earning a master's degree in public administration.
Accredited M.P.A. Program
The M.P.A. program is NASPAA Accredited by the Commission on Peer Review & Accreditation.
Leader in Action
Kyle Thorson credits his experience and education at UND with building the skills necessary to lead in the community.
Earn hands-on experience through internships. Students have worked in city, county and state government, non-profit groups, NGOs and more.
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.
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
- Project Management
- Public Relations
UND Public Administration Alumni
Public Administration alumni have gone on to a variety of successful careers with:
- Grand Forks Police Department
- Sanford Health
- Aptargroup, Inc.
- Best Buy Co.
- City of Hillsboro