Gain the operational skills you need to improve government or nonprofit programs —and advance your career in the process—with an evening or online MBA with a Public Administration specialization.

From city parks departments to federal benefits programs, the public sector provides a wide range of services that are used every day. Providing these services efficiently and effectively requires professionals with top-level operational skills. Our Master’s of Business Administration with a Public Administration specialization will enhance your skills, allowing you to advance your career while improving the public or nonprofit services people need.

At a Glance

7.11 Million
Number of jobs currently in public administration.

Program Length

As little as 16 months


  • Online
  • Evening courses at our locations in Bismarck, ND; Fargo, ND; Grand Forks AFB, ND; Watford City, ND; Billings, MT; and Fort Riley, KS

Tuition per Credit


Is This the Degree For Me?

Who It’s For

  • Civil Service Professionals
  • Educators
  • Policymakers
  • Nonprofit Professionals
  • All other professionals who want to enhance their ability to improve the operational side of public programs

Career Paths

  • Civil Service Operations Manager
  • Nonprofit Director
  • City Resource Specialist
  • Program Director
  • Government Department Head
  • Policy Analyst
  • Budget Analyst
  • Mayor 

What You’ll Learn

In our MBA with a Public Administration specialization, you will gain advanced quantitative knowledge focused on the successful operations of organizations, with an in-depth examination of public programs and government agencies. When you graduate, you will be prepared to:

  • Synthesize content from professional journals and scholarly research to make conclusions regarding operational practices.
  • Assess public sector best practices using quantitative and qualitative methodologies.
  • Evaluate the contemporary global environment in an integrated manner to propose solutions.
  • Demonstrate professional communication skills.
  • Interpret results from multiple support tools to inform decision making.
  • Handle operational tasks focused on accounting and finance.
  • Understand business processes and how to modify them for different situations.


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    The Gary Tharaldson School of Business at the University of Mary has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas, USA.

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Program Details

Your first step is to apply for candidacy by submitting the application for admission. Candidacy means you are on your way to completing the admissions process! You will need to be accepted into your program before you can enroll in classes.

Upon receiving candidacy you will need to submit the following to be considered for admissions into a graduate program:

  • Official transcripts showing a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75.
    • Graduated from the University of Mary? Then we’ll get your Mary transcript for you!
    • At most other schools, you can request transcripts by going to the National Student Clearinghouse or by contacting the registrar’s office. 
    • Have your transcripts sent to:
      Office of Admissions
      University of Mary
      7500 University Drive
      Bismarck, ND 58504
    • Or request to send electronic transcripts to [email protected]
  • Application/enrollment fee - This will be collected at the time you fill out the online application.
  • Online
  • Evening courses at our locations in Bismarck, ND; Fargo, ND; Grand Forks AFB, ND; Watford City, ND; Billings, MT; and Fort Riley, KS

  • Tuition: $520/credit
  • Application fee: $45
  • Technology fee: $30 per credit
  • Parking fee (evening class participants only): $25 per semester

For a full list of fees, visit our Tuition and Fees page.

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