B.S.P.A./M.P.A. Combined Degree

The Public Administration program offers two options for exceptional undergraduate students wishing to pursue Masters-level work: the Combined Bachelor to Masters Program (CBM) and the Accelerated Bachelor to Masters Program (ABM). The intent of the combined programs are to allow qualified students to complete the requirements for both degrees in one year beyond that required to receive the baccalaureate degree. Students may apply for these programs upon completion of 60 credits toward the Bachelor’s degree but prior to their fourth year of academic work. All requirements for both degrees must be met.   Up to six credits of prior-approved coursework may be double counted under the CBM program, and up to twelve credits of prior-approved coursework may be double-counted under the ABM program.  Double-counted credits may not include required courses for the BSPA or BA degree, but may include appropriate elective coursework, preferably at the 500-level or above.

CBM 5 Year Degree Admission Requirements

The Combined Bachelor's/Master's (CBM) program allows undergraduate students at UND an opportunity to complete the requirements for both the bachelor's and master's degrees at an accelerated pace. These students may double count up to 6 graduate-level credits for both degrees. The completion of this program differs from the Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's program in that it is not constrained to the 4+1 time frame. 

  1. 3.25 GPA overall and in major.
  2. Graduate Record Examination general test scores for review. The GRE requirement may be waived at the discretion of the MPA Program Director in accordance with program criteria. The decision of the MPA Program Director is final.
  3. Completion of 60 credit hours prior to year four. The MPA Program Director may approve minor deviations from the 60 credit minimum to facilitate appropriate graduate course sequencing.
  4. Minimum competence in public administration, policy, administrative services, and methodology. This competence is normally demonstrated by at least one course in each of the four fields (Political Science, Accounting, Economics, and Statistics), by special exams in the fields, or by practical experience. Accounting, Economics, and Statistics competencies may be met through the successful completion of self-paced boot camp courses on these topics from Ivy Software (http://ivysoftware.com).
  5. Twenty hours in social sciences, business administration and related fields.
  6. Students who do not meet requirements 4 and 5 will be given the opportunity to fulfill them.

ABM 5 Year Degree Admission Requirements

The ABM degree program allows exceptional undergraduate students at UND an opportunity to complete the requirements for both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees at an accelerated pace.  All requirements for both degrees must be met, and these students may double count up to 12 graduate-level credits towards the requirements for both their Bachelor in Political Science or Public Affairs and their Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree requirements.  ABM students must obtain their MPA degree within 12 months of completing the Bachelor's degree, provided that the degree requirements can be completed in that timeframe. 

High achieving high school students (GPA of at least 3.5/4.0 and an ACT score of 25 or higher) will initially be considered for “identified” status and become eligible for formal admission when they meet the same criteria that undergraduates must meet for admission into the ABM program.  Admission is a competitive process.  The following are minimum eligibility requirements:    

  1. Students must meet the School of Graduate Studies admissions eligibility requirements. 
  2. Students must have completed a minimum of 60 credits, including credits earned from advanced placement and dual credit.  Students must apply before completion of the undergraduate degree.
  3. Transfer students with a minimum of 60 credits-whether from the transfer institution alone or in combination with UND credits-must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0 at the time of admission to the ABM program.
  4. Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0 at UND at the time of admission into the ABM program.
  5. ABM program applicants must submit the standard application to the School of Graduate Studies, the application fee, a personal statement, 3 letters of recommendation, and transcripts. 
  6. Graduate Record Examination general test scores for review. The GRE requirement may be waived at the discretion of the MPA Program Director in accordance with program criteria. The decision of the MPA Program Director is final. 
  7. Additionally, ABM program applicants must submit a detailed Program of Study that describes the 12 credits of double counted courses, the courses that will be taken after being accepted into the MPA program, the courses that will be taken before graduation from the BS/BA program, and the expected graduation date for each degree.  The submitted program of study must be signed by the student, the student's undergraduate advisor, the student’s graduate advisor, and the MPA Program Director. 

Degree Requirements

  1. A minimum of 36 semester credits {6 (CBM) or 12 (ABM) credits may be part of undergraduate degree program but taken for graduate credit}.
  2. A minimum of 27 credits in public administration and up to 9 credits in cognate fields to total 36 credits.
  3. At least one-half must be at the 500-level.
  4. A maximum of 9 credits may be transferred to UND from other institutions.
     
Plan of Study Grid
Freshman Year
First SemesterCredits
ENGL 110 College Composition I 3
MATH 103 College Algebra 3
POLS 115
American Government I
or State and Local Government
3
POLS 120 Global Perspectives 3
Essential Studies: Lab Science 4
 Credits16
Second Semester
COMM 110 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
ENGL 130 Composition II: Writing for Public Audiences 3
Essential Studies: Humanities 3
Essential Studies: Fine Arts 3
Essential Studies: Social Science 3
 Credits15
Sophomore Year
First Semester
POLS 200
Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector (POLS 200 if pursuing the nonprofit track; POLS 250 if pursuing the public administration track)
or Introduction to Public Administration
3
ACCT 200 Elements of Accounting I 3
ECON 201 Principles of Microeconomics 3
POLS 215 Politics and Diversity 3
Essential Studies: Fine Arts or Humanities 3
 Credits15
Second Semester
POLS 361
Nonprofit Management (Undergrad) (POLS 361 if pursuing the nonprofit track; ECON 210 if pursuing the public administration track)
or Introduction to Business and Economic Statistics
3
Free Electives (Recommended 300 or above) 12
 Credits15
Junior Year
First Semester
POLS 300 Introduction Research Methods 3
MGMT 300 Principles of Management 3
Non Profit or Public Admin Elective 3
Free Electives 6
 Credits15
Second Semester
POLS 437 Administrative Processes 3
Non Profit or Public Admin Elective 3
Free Electives 9
 Credits15
Senior Year
First Semester
POLS 500 Research Methods 3
POLS 531 Foundations of Public Administration 3
Free Electives (Recommended 300 level or above) 9
 Credits15
Second Semester
POLS 501 Political and Public Policy Analysis 3
POLS 495 Senior Colloquium in Political Science and Public Administration 3
Free Electives (Recommended 300 level or above) 6
Free Grad Electives or Track Electives 3
 Credits15
Summer
POLS 580 Administrative Internship (May take during 5th year; see program guidelines for appropriate internship experience) 3
 Credits3
Fifth Year
First Semester
Free Grad Electives or Track Electives 12
 Credits12
Second Semester
POLS 532 Public Policy 3
POLS 570 MPA Capstone 3
Free Grade Electives 3
 Credits9
 Total Credits145