The Masters of Public Administration (MPA) is the only MPA program in North Dakota. It was established in 1976 and serves students on the main campus in Grand Forks and students in other locations through internet-assisted live classrooms.
Masters in Administration in Grand Forks in USA. The Masters of Public Administration (MPA) is the only MPA program in North Dakota. It was established in 1976 and serves students on the main campus in Grand Forks and students in other locations through internet-assisted live classrooms. The interaction of in-service students, along with traditional students provides a great synergy. Students with practical experience can help novice students integrate theory and practice, while traditional students bring a wealth of knowledge of recent academic developments.
The core of the program resides in the Department of Political Science & Public Administration. It also offers a track in Health Administration as well as a JD/MPA option. Our students come from a broad variety of backgrounds, from accountants to political scientists to zoologists. They also work at every level of government, as well as in the nonprofit sector. Some go on to work in the private sector.
Our faculty come from some of the best universities in the U. S. The department has won university awards for its teaching. Students can also get involved in research projects at the Bureau of Governmental Affairs which conducts research on issues of importance to state and local governments and non-profit organizations.
Master of Public Health Collaboration
The MPA program collaborates with the Master of Public Health (MPH) program at the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences.
The MPA at UND is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). The program was first offered in 1976. Through most of our history we have offered both a local program and a distance program, always offered in a live real-time format, whether delivered by faculty traveling to the distant site, through interactive video, or, currently, through synchronous internet-assisted delivery. All of our courses are hybrid format, delivered simultaneously to local students and distance students who sign in using video, audio, and high-speed internet.
Faculty members of the Department of Political Science & Public Administration are committed to teaching, as well as research and service. In this broad-based public administration curriculum, emphasis is placed on strengthening students' analytical, written, and verbal skills. Students are given individual attention and professors are accessible. The faculty make every effort to get to know students, both on-campus and at a distance. In addition to teaching, faculty have active research agendas. Their research keeps them at the cutting edge of the discipline and they perform extensive service in community and professional organizations.
The mission of the MPA Program at the University of North Dakota is to instill public service values and to prepare people to enter into or advance in government and related fields.
Goals and Objectives Related to the Mission
The MPA Program seeks to prepare its students for public service by developing and supplementing the following:
Skills related to critical and analytical thinking, decision-making, and communication.
An understanding of:
The theories and practice of public management, and the design and analysis of public policy.
The public context in which public administrators work, including the institutions, actors, processes, functions, challenges, and responsibilities of government.
The ability to practice effectively as an administrator in public, non-profit, or healthcare organizations.
A recognition of, and appreciation for, the role of diversity in public service delivery.
The MPA Program seeks to serve North Dakota by educating future State and community public service professionals and through the research activities of the Bureau of Governmental Affairs.
The MPA Program faculty are dedicated to:
Excellence and innovation in teaching.
Student service and mentorship.
Serving the community, North Dakota, and profession through teaching, service and scholarship.
Conducting research that is relevant and accessible to both practitioners and academics, and has the potential to improve the practice of public, nonprofit, and health administration.
Public Service Values
Through the above mission goals and objectives, the University of North Dakota's MPA Program seeks to promote an appreciation and respect for the following public service values in its students:
Dedication to service in the public interest.
Personal and professional ethics and integrity.
Pursuit of quality, performance excellence, and the efficient and responsible use of resources.
Promoting accountability by striving for transparency, accuracy, and accessibility.
Promoting, respecting, and upholding principles consistent with the democratic process, the rule of law, and/or U.S. and state constitutions, such as equality, fairness, representativeness, and due process in protecting rights.
Opposition to discrimination and harassment.
The exercise of compassion and empathy in service delivery.