University of North Dakota

Online & Distance Education

Master of Public Administration (MPA)



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Public Administration (MPA); Master of Public Administration (MPA) with focus in Health Administration

Format: Online

Program Description:

Ranked #5 on's 2012 list of "Best Buys for Online MPAs." The online Master of Public Administration (MPA) program prepares you for administrative roles in all levels of government and the nonprofit and private sectors of business. A Health Administration track is also available for those interested in health-related careers. The Health Administration Track is designed to prepare individuals with diverse backgrounds already in the health care industry or those wishing to enter the fast growing and rapidly changing health care profession. This part-time, online MPA program focuses on developing the management and analytical skills necessary to: -Understand the public policy-making process. -Use critical thinking and analysis to aid in decision-making. -Communicate at high levels in written and oral correspondence. -Develop qualities and characteristics necessary to assume positions of leadership. -Understand and adapt to changing political, economic, and social environments. -Understand the importance of integrity and dedication in carrying out the public trust. As a graduate of the MPA program, you will have: -Enhanced communication skills. -Broad public administration education. -Outstanding analysis and decision-making skills. -Commitment to improving the quality of service provided to the public. This program is designed for working professionals. Fully online, you will participate in "live" Web classes typically held one evening per week. You are NOT required to come to campus at any time. Pay in-state tuition rates for online courses regardless of where you live. Compared to paying the out-of-state tuition rate, this can translate into big savings for you! Graduate certificates in Policy Analysis, Health Administration, or Public Administration are also available online.


Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). The University of North Dakota as a whole is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

International Student Requirements:

If English is not your native language, you must complete the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) prior to admission. If you have received a bachelor's degree or higher from the United States or English-speaking Canada, you are not required to fulfill the English test requirement.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

# of Credits Required: 35

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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