The Masters of Public Administration (MPA) 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 & 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.