Degree type(s): Master's
Degree field(s): Business & Finance
Location(s): Blended (Online / On-site); Bismarck, ND; Fargo, ND; Grand Forks AFB, ND
Program offerings by location and modality are subject to change.

Master of Public Administration (MPA) Evening Program Overview

With an estimated 5.5 million new job openings over the next five to seven years, the public sector is one of the fastest growing employment markets in the United States. Within five to seven years in North Dakota alone, there will be approximately 21,000 openings with 3,900 in Bismarck, 4,600 in Fargo and 3,600 in Grand Forks. Thus, the need for public sector subject-matter experts who can lead community-driven endeavors and execute projects in a timely and efficient fashion will continue to grow in the years ahead.

With a Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) degree from the University of Mary you will position yourself for career success. Students will gain public sector knowledge and expertise, refine management and human resource competencies, and develop leadership skills vital to serving the public.

MPA students can also adapt their degree program to fit one of seven areas of industry-driven concentration.

Optional areas of concentration for your MPA degree:

In addition to the MPA degree evening program at the University of Mary, the MPA degree is also offered online.

Master of Public Administration Degree Program Highlights

As a recognized leader in higher education, the University of Mary follows the highest educational standards as put forth by the Higher Learning Commission. The Public Administration Master’s Degree program reflects the University’s Christian, Catholic, and Benedictine values and the mission of educating students for both professional and personal success. Students learn to utilize the proven best practices to lead effective, ethical and fiscally sound public administration projects and endeavors.

The University of Mary offers a unique blended learning community to meet your educational needs.

Students will benefit from:

  1. Hands-on experience

    Mary's MPA program provides hands-on experience you can immediately apply in the public sector.

  2. Flexible course options

    The MPA program features online, flexible course schedules designed for working professionals who desire an education grounded in respect, hospitality and service.

  3. Highly qualified faculty

    The Master of Public Administration program at Mary includes cutting-edge, public sector-driven education delivered by world-class faculty.

The University of Mary’s graduate degree program in Public Administration includes courses in public sector management, public finance and budgeting, team dynamics, human resource management, ethics and more.

Master of Public Administration Career Outlook

A career in public administration provides opportunity to meet employment demands for individual leadership, financial management, policy analysis and other related skills. The need for public administration professionals in federal, state, and local government, health care, university systems, and nonprofit organizations continues to grow nationally and internationally.

Explore the public sector opportunities at these professional associations and job websites:

National Outlook

On a national level, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that there are over 21 million public sector employees in the United States today. At the current rate of retirement (including an estimated 5.5 million Baby Boomers set to retire over the next five to seven years) there will be approximately 5.5 million job openings in the public sector.

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) Degree Capstone

A final capstone is included in the MPA degree program at Mary. Instead of writing a traditional thesis at the end of the program, Mary’s curriculum is based on researching material for your final capstone throughout your coursework.

You will build the foundation for your capstone as you progress through the MPA program. At Mary, your MPA degree program is customized to align with your experience and interests, and you will be encouraged to examine a capstone business topic that you are passionate about.

  • Graduate Program Orientation
  • Foundations of Public Administration
  • Management/Organizational Behavior
  • Marketing
  • Human Resource Management
  • Operations Management
  • Statistics and Research
  • Law in the Managerial Environment
  • Ethics
  • Project Management
  • Leadership in the Public Sector
  • Public Finance and Budgeting
  • Graduate Business Capstone

We strongly encourage you to contact your personal admissions representative to discover all of the options that might be available to you. Financial aid is available, and in some cases, a scholarship may be available as well. 

Our admissions professionals will work together with our Office of Financial Assistance to ensure that you get the best financial aid package possible to finance your education.

Acceptance at the University of Mary does not automatically qualify you to pursue a program in one of the academic programs of study. Application requirements are specific to each major or academic program.

We recommend consulting your advisor for details. Applications are reviewed by the faculty members of the program. You will be notified that you have been admitted, admitted provisionally, or denied admission to the program.

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If you are considering a master’s degree in public administration, you might also be interested in the following graduate programs offered online, at distance learning locations, and/or at our main campus in Bismarck, North Dakota: