Is a combined degree in political science or public affairs right for you?

Application Deadlines
Aug. 17
Dec. 15
May 1

Students seeking the combined degree may apply to the School of Graduate Studies after completing 60 credits.

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

*Priority deadline

Combining an undergraduate degree in Political Science or Public Affairs with UND's Master's in Public Administration (M.P.A.) gives you the opportunity to focus your interests on health care, social entrepreneurship or another area that excites you.

The Political Science or Public Affairs undergraduate programs are offered on campus. Qualified students can apply for entry to the master's program after completing 90 credits. You may be able to complete the requirements for both degrees in about 5 years.

Courses needed to complete the M.P.A. are offered both on campus and online. Even if you choose to participate online, you'll enjoy the same attention from faculty and in-class interaction you're used to receiving while here.

How Combined Programs Work

If you are an incoming freshman or transfer student, apply to UND and your program. As a current student, connect with your advisor to make sure you stay on track for the combined or accelerated program. During your junior year, you can officially apply to the School of Graduate Studies. Complete the required courses, and you'll earn both your undergraduate and graduate degree at the same time.

Accredited Degree in Public Affairs or Political Science

UND's combined degree is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) - the gold standard in public affairs education.

Program Highlights

  • Network and build skills outside the classroom in the Pi Sigma Alpha honor society and Public Affairs Club. Graduate students can participate in Pi Alpha Alpha, the national public administration honor society, or UND's MPA Student Organization.

  • Earn hands-on experience through internships: Students have worked in city, county and state government, non-profit groups, NGOs and more.

  • Complete applied research alongside UND faculty members.

Careers in Public Affairs


Typical entry-level salary for a UND M.P.A. grad

Top Management Degrees


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

UND Nistler College of Business & Public Administration 

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:

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

When You Earn a degree in Public Affairs or Political Science

A Public Affairs or Political Science degree gives you the strategic skills you need, including:

  • Strategic Planning
  • Event Planning
  • Legal Research
  • Policy Analysis
  • Public Policies

UND Public Affairs and Political Science Alumni

Public Affairs and Political Science alumni have gone on to a variety of successful careers with:

  • Wells Fargo & Company
  • United States Department of the Army
  • Booth Group
  • Ford Motor Company

Courses You Could Take

Leader in Action

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