Why earn a degree in public affairs at UND?

Application Deadlines
Aug. 16
Dec. 15
May 1

As a student in UND's Public Affairs program, you'll learn the skills that prepare you for a career in public service. The Public Affairs curriculum emphasizes practical skills, such as management and budgeting, that are applicable to work in any number of public or nonprofit organizations. If you're interested in particular policy areas, such as politics or economics, the Public Affairs curriculum accommodates a minor in those and many other subjects.

This major features two tracks:

  • A public administration track, which emphasizes managing government organizations
  • A nonprofit administration track, which focuses on administration of nonprofit groups and issues of social awareness.

In a department that cares for you as a student, you will experience small classes, where you will know your professors and your professors will know you.

Public Affairs at UND

  • Network and build experience outside of class with the Pi Sigma Alpha honor society and the Public Affairs Club.

  • Gain practical field experience through internships available to students in the nonprofit track.

  • Earn a M.P.A. in just one extra year by participating in our five-year combined program.

Jobs in Public Administration


Job growth rate for social and community service manager to 2028

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


Number of UND alums who have won Truman Scholarships to attend graduate school

UND Nistler College of Business & Public Administration

Whether you pursue an advanced degree in public administration, go to law school or begin your career immediately, you'll find UND alums in jobs around the country. You'll find UND alumni in organizations including:

  • U.S. Department of State
  • U.S. Department of the Interior
  • City governments
  • Nonprofits that are local and national in scope

Public Affairs Courses You Could Take

Leader in Action

Tyler Larson, a Public Affairs major, launched a non-profit youth center in Grand Forks to provide a place for high school students free of negative peer pressure.