Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs

Required 120 credits (36 of which must be numbered 300 or above) including:

I. Essential Studies Requirements (see University ES listing).

II. The applicable Nistler College of Business and Public Administration Requirements (see BPA listing).

III. Common Core Curriculum

POLS 115American Government I3
or POLS 116 State and Local Government
ACCT 200Elements of Accounting I3
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics3
MGMT 300Principles of Management3
POLS 437Administrative Processes3
POLS 495Senior Colloquium in Political Science and Public Administration3
Total Credits18

All students in the major follow the common core curriculum along with courses in one of the two tracks below: Public Administration or Nonprofit for a total of 33 credit hours to complete the major.

IV. Public Administration track


ECON 210Introduction to Business and Economic Statistics3
POLS 250Introduction to Public Administration3
POLS 300Introduction Research Methods3
Electives: select two from the following6
Elements of Accounting II
Human Resource Management
Organizational Behavior
Public Finance
Legislative Processes
Presidential Institutions and Management
Urban Politics and Administration
Public Policy Making Process
Other courses with academic advisor approval
Total Credits15

V. Nonprofit track


POLS 200Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector3
POLS 361Nonprofit Management (Undergrad)3
POLS 480Administrative Internship3
Electives: select two from the following6
Elements of Accounting II
American Constitution-Civil Liberties
Organizational Behavior
International Human Rights
Women and Politics
Organizational Theory and Analysis
Other courses with academic advisor approval
Total Credits15

VI.  Nistler College of Business & Public Administration Graduation Requirements:

  1. Earn a minimum  GPA of 2.00 (including transfer credits)
  2. Earn a minimum UND GPA of 2.00
  3. Earn a minimum GPA of 2.50 for all courses that apply toward the major (including transfer credits)
  4. Complete at least half of the major courses that apply toward the degree and major at UND.
  5. Major requirements are fulfilled by completion of the classes listed though students are encouraged to take other classes in Finance, Economics, or Accounting for career preparation.