The College of Business & Public Administration offers five graduate degree programs.
- Master of Business Administration
- Master of Public Administration
- Master of Science in Applied Economics
- Master of Science in Industrial Technology
The Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree program at the University of North Dakota emphasizes the development of mid-to upper-level managers, for organizations of all sizes and types. The program seeks to develop knowledge of advanced business functions, decision-making skills and understanding of internal and external factors affecting management of organizations.
The Program emphasizes planning, organizing, operating and controlling an enterprise. Central to the curriculum is the manager's responsibility for diagnosing, isolating, and defining problems, evaluating alternative courses of action, and making effective decisions. The MBA program is designed with strong one-on-one student-faculty interaction. The classroom element of the program is focused more on the quantitative aspect of business. The M.B.A. degree program is designed to attract and accommodate those with non-business degrees as well as those who graduated in business fields.
The College of Business and Public Administration is one of a select group of schools in the United States and Canada whose graduate M.B.A. Program and undergraduate business programs are accredited by AACSB International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business).
The Masters of Public Administration is the only MPA program in North Dakota. It was established in 1976 and serves students on the main campus in Grand Forks and students in other locations through internet-assisted live classrooms. The interaction of in-service students, along with traditional students provides a great synergy. Students with practical experience can help novice students integrate theory and practice, while traditional students bring a wealth of knowledge of recent academic developments.
The core of the program resides in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration. It also offers a track in Health Administration as well as a JD/MPA option. Our students come from a broad variety of backgrounds, from accountants to political scientists to zoologists. They also work at every level of government, as well as in the nonprofit sector. Some go on to work in the private sector.
Our faculty come from some of the best universities in the U. S.The department has won university awards for its teaching. Students can also get involved in research projects at the Bureau of Governmental Affairs which conducts research on issues of importance to state and local governments and non-profit organizations.
The Master of Science in Applied Economics reflects the current state of knowledge and skills used by professional economists. It is characterized by strong foundational courses in economic theory, mathematical economics, and advanced statistical methods. It is focused on specialized areas of study serving but not limited to North Dakota and the North Central Region.
The MSAE is about preparing graduates to do real-world economic research. Their formal studies will have broadly prepared them in research methods, applied to at least one specialized area, such as economic development or business economics. Additionally, they will have actively participated in research projects, both in their classes and through the Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER) and all will have had the opportunity to participate in a research internship.
Career opportunities for MSAE graduates compare best to those of “Business Economists,” and “Economists and Market and Survey Researchers,” as described in the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Occupational Outlook Handbook (Bulletin 2540, U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics). BLS projects a growth rate of 21% - 35% for positions as “Economists and Market and Survey Researchers” over 2000 to 2010. This translates to 118,000 new positions for 2000 - 2010. The BLS also states that employment and advancement opportunities are expected to be strongest for those with advanced degrees. Based on National Association of Business Economists estimates, starting salaries of MSAE graduates would be expected to range between $49,728 and $66,311 in 2004 dollars.
The Graduate School at the University of North Dakota is fully accredited by the National Association of Colleges to offer Master degree programs. The Master of Industrial Technology (MSIT) is available through the Department of Technology and is unique in that it provides students with the opportunity to individualize their program of study for further academic pursuits in colleges or universities, administration, or for technical/managerial careers in government, business, and industry.
Students in the MSIT program learn by doing and utilize a variety of technologies to conduct research, design or innovate, and solve problems of a technical nature. Classes in the MSIT program are small and enable faculty to work with students to achieve identifiable program or course goals.
Graduates of our program use the MSIT to leverage career options within industry, government, and education. Some manage their own businesses and others who have worked to establish themselves in business ultimately become consultants, technical managers, directors, and in some cases CEOs.
Your future is bright as a student in the MSIT program at UND where our students are the future!