Degree type(s): Specialization; Master's
Degree field(s): Business & Finance
Location(s): Online; Bismarck, ND; Fargo, ND; Grand Forks AFB, ND; Watford City, ND; Ft. Riley, KS.; Billings, MT
Program offerings by location and modality are subject to change.

Public Administration Specialization Overview

By customizing your graduate business degree (MBA, MS in Business or MPM) with a Specialization in Public Administration at the University of Mary, you position yourself to lead in one of the fastest growing employment sectors in the United States today. 

The three-course Public Administration specialization will equip you with the public sector, human resource, and leadership competencies you require for serving community needs and demands at the federal, state, and local level. Students master the foundations of public administration, public sector leadership and government and non-profit fund management. 

Public Administration Specialization Highlights

  1. Evening and online program

    Earn your MBA, MS in Business or Master of Project Management degree with a Public Administration specialization in a flexible, accelerated evening or online program you can complete in as few as 15 months. Evening courses are available in Bismarck, Fargo, Watford City and Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota and online utilizing Canvas, our state-of-the-art online learning platform.

  2. World-class faculty

    Study with world-class faculty who are recognized as experts in their communities and in the region, and who bring real-world business experience to the Gary Tharaldson School of Business.

  3. Enriched with values and personal support

    Get valuable support throughout your master’s degree program with personal advising and career mentoring services. You will also study in a business program grounded in Christian, Catholic, and Benedictine values that will enrich your life and career.

Why Choose a Specialization in Public Administration?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. will see an estimated 5.5 million new job openings in the public sector over the next five to seven years; in North Dakota alone, there will be an estimated 21,000 public sector job openings: 3,900 in Bismarck, 4,600 in Fargo and 3,600 in Grand Forks.

Hence, the need for public administration leaders who can guide and execute community-focused projects in an effective and efficient manner will continue to rise in the foreseeable future.

In addition to completing the curriculum for your degree program, you will take the following courses to fulfill the Public Administration specialization: 

  • BUS 650 Foundations of Public Administration
  • BUS 660 Leadership in the Public Sector
  • BUS 692 Public Finance and Budgeting