Department of Political Science & Public Administration
Are you intrigued by current events, policy formulation, or the day-to-day operations of government? The Department of Political Science and Public Administration offers a dynamic curriculum to prepare students for graduate studies or careers in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors.
Our department offers two undergraduate majors: Political Science and Public Administration, both through the College of Business and Public Administration.
BA in Political Science
Our Political Science students are educated in a breadth of topics including American politics, international relations, comparative politics, public policy, and political thought. Students acquire essential skills in policy analysis, writing, and critical thinking, and have gone onto work in nonprofits, and local, state, and federal government roles.
BS in Public Administration
Public Administration is known as “the business of government.” With a curriculum that combines essential business studies such as management, accounting, and economics with a foundation of political science, our graduates have pursued exciting careers at a variety of public, private, and nonprofit organizations.
Four-Plus One Accelerated Master's Degree
Qualified students seeking a BA in Political Science or a BS in Public Administration can earn a Master of Public Administration (MPA) with an additional year of study. Read more about it and speak to your academic advisor for more information.
The College of Business and Public Administration has a long tradition of acclaimed Truman Scholarship winners dating back to 1978 to 2011 with UND Students awarded scholarships most recently in 2010 and 2011.
The Truman Scholarship Foundation was established by Congress in 1975 as the federal memorial to our thirty-third President. The Foundation awards scholarships for college students to attend graduate school in preparation for careers in government or elsewhere in public service. The activities of the Foundation are supported by a special trust fund in the US Treasury. There have been 2730 Truman Scholars elected since the first awards were made in 1977.
Students are elected by sixteen independent selection panels on the basis of leadership potential, intellectual ability, and likelihood of 'making a difference.' Each Scholarship provides up to $30,000 for graduate study. Scholars also receive priority admission and supplemental financial aid at some of the premier graduate institutions, leadership training, career and graduate school counseling, and special internship opportunities within the federal government. Recipients must be US citizens, have outstanding leadership potential and communication skills, be in the top quarter of their class, and be committed to careers in government or the not-for-profit sector.
The College of Business & Public Administration is proud to acknowledge the great accomplishments of our Truman Scholarship Winners as well as the well-established tradition from our distinguished Alumni.
"Being awarded a Truman Scholarship encouraged me to go to law school,