Degree type(s): Master's
Degree field(s): Business & Finance
Location(s): Online
Program offerings by location and modality are subject to change.

Master of Public Administration (MPA) Online Degree Overview

The public sector is one of the fastest growing employment markets in the US; over the next five to seven years, an estimated 5.5 million new jobs will be available. In North Dakota alone, there are approximately 21,000 openings: 3,900 in Bismarck, 4,600 in Fargo and 3,600 in Grand Forks. As a result, public sector subject-matter experts who can lead community-driven endeavors and execute projects in a timely and efficient fashion are clearly needed and will continue to grow in the coming years.

A Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) online degree from the University of Mary will allow you to ready 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.

In addition to our online Master of Public Administration degree program, we also offer the MPA degree on-site and as a blended program that includes both online and on-site evening classes.

Master of Public Administration Online Program Highlights

The University of Mary is recognized as a leader in higher education and follows the highest educational standards as put forth by the Higher Learning Commission. The University's Christian, Catholic, and Benedictine values are reflected in the Public Administration Master’s Degree online program. In this program, students learn to utilize the proven best practices to lead effective, ethical and fiscally sound public administration projects and endeavors. Our mission is to educate students for professional and personal success! 

To meet your educational needs, Mary offers a unique blended learning community.

Students will benefit from:

  1. Hands-on experience which you can apply on day one
  2. Cutting-edge, public sector-driven education
  3. Flexible online course schedules for working professionals
  4. World-class faculty and administrators
  5. Available concentrations in Project Management, Energy Management, Executive, Health Care, Human Resources Management, and Healthcare Informatics
  6. Professional education grounded in timeless values such as respect, hospitality and service

The University of Mary’s online graduate degree program in Public Administration includes courses in public sector management, government fund and non-profit management, team dynamics, human resource management, ethics and more.

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) Online Degree Capstone

The MPA online degree program at the University of Mary features a capstone model. Our curriculum is based on researching material for your final capstone throughout your coursework as opposed to writing a traditional thesis at the end of your studies. 

You will lay the groundwork for your capstone as you progress through the MPA online program. Your MPA online degree program is customized to correspond with your experience and interests in the area of business, and you will be encouraged to delve into a capstone business topic that you are passionate about.

Master of Public Administration Career Outlook

Based on current retirement trends, those who graduate from the Master of Public Administration online program will find a wide and growing market for career opportunities--both locally and nationally.

In North Dakota alone, public sector vacancies are approximated at 21,000, including: 

  • 3,900 in Bismarck
  • 4,600 in Fargo
  • 3,600 in Grand Forks
Nationally, there are over 21 million public sector employees in the United States today, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). At the current rate of retirement (including approximately 5.5 million Baby Boomers set to retire over the next five to seven years) it is estimated that there will be 5.5 million job openings in the public sector.


Whether local or national, many positions within the public sector are mid- to upper-level management. A Master of Public Administration degree will not only prepare applicants for these vacated positions, but will also provide them a competitive differentiator during the selection process.

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.


Program Advisors: Raquel Fischer

For more information about our graduate programs, please contact Raquel Fischer at [email protected], or University of Mary Admissions at (800) 288-6279.

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:

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