New Degree Offering Targeted at Growing Need for Public Sector Employees

Bismarck, ND — With an eye squarely on the changing demographic of public sector employment in North Dakota and throughout the nation the University of Mary announced that starting January 2016, it is offering a new Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree. According to University of Mary President, Monsignor James Shea the Master of Public Administration program could not be better timed.

Monsignor James Shea

Monsignor James Shea, President of the University of Mary

“Public service is a hallmark of northern plains states and the United States as a whole. At the center of our rich and growing heritage, from the earliest confederation of native American tribes to the assemblies of immigrants who gave rise to the United States, are leaders who dedicated their lives and careers to the service of the common good,” stated Shea. “With large numbers of public sector employees set to retire in the next five to seven years it’s imperative we educate and prepare the next generation of leaders to serve and guide us in the public square in the decades to come.”

Offered through the Gary Tharaldson School of Business, the University of Mary’s Master of Public Administration program not only reflects changing employment trends but is also modeled to fit the most pressing leadership needs and wants in the public sector today—including optional concentrations in a variety of fields such as Project Management, Energy Management, and Healthcare.

University of Mary Logo“Naturally, we want to be where the marketplace is but the heart of our mission is educating servant leaders,” explained Shea. “Like all of our degree and certificate offerings, the Master of Public Administration program is designed based on the very latest industry knowledge and best practices so that our graduates are well-equipped to fulfill their calling by helping others do the same.”

Scott Davis, Executive Director of North Dakota’s Indian Affairs Commission and co-founder of the North Dakota Indian Business Alliance, said the Master of Public Administration program is a development that will serve North Dakota and the surrounding region for years to come.

“I am very excited about the University of Mary’s Master of Public Administration program. As someone actively engaged in building sustainable communities in both the public and the private sector, I can attest firsthand to the benefits it will provide to current and future leaders of our communities and state,” stated Davis.

An alumnus of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, Davis said the University of Mary’s Master of Public Administration program ranks among the best of its kind today.

“It’s truly a solid program, taught by instructors who are experts in their fields, and filled with expertise and know-how that public leaders can apply to their work the very next day.”

Director for Business Development for Houston Engineering and Mayor of the City of Bismarck, Mike Seminary, agrees.

“So much of what we do tends to focus on ourselves today. What the University of Mary is doing by introducing the Master of Public Administration program is to remind us that what we do for others—today, tomorrow, and well beyond—matters more,” stated Seminary. “The people of Bismarck, the state of North Dakota, and the northern plains will be well served by graduates of this program for generations to come.”

As part of the 36-credit program, students will complete courses in management and organizational behavior, law, statistics, ethics and operations management as well as capstone thesis. For more information about the University of Mary’s Master of Public Administration program visit