Earning your M.P.H. degree is affordable through in-state tuition programs and financial aid opportunities.
The cost of the M.P.H. degree is approximately $32,700, not including student fees and books, for in-state residents and those eligible for the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education’s (WICHE) Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP).
Graduate Assistantships and Tuition Waivers
Although financial support is not guaranteed with admission to the University of North Dakota (UND), the M.P.H. Program strives to make graduate education in public health accessible for students by awarding a limited number of graduate assistantships and tuition waivers. Awards are based on need, merit, and experience. Full-time and second-year students are given priority for this type of financial assistance. The M.P.H. Program Assistant Director notifies students via email if they are awarded financial assistance by the M.P.H. Program.
Only on-campus students are eligible for M.P.H. graduate assistantships and tuition waivers. One exception is made for members of the North Dakota public health workforce who are employed by a local or state health department. These students are eligible for M.P.H. tuition waivers, but not for assistantships.
Assistantships are available for M.P.H. students through the SMHS, the School of Graduate Studies, and specific programs in the University.
Most M.P.H. graduate assistantships are awarded in the spring semester for use in the following academic year. These positions are 10 or 20 hour/week appointments, and they provide administrative or research support to faculty and staff.
Tuition waivers are awarded independently of graduate assistantships. A student receiving an assistantship may not necessarily receive a tuition waiver, and vice versa. Tuition waivers are awarded by the credit hour, and an award may cover between 1 and 9 credits/semester. Mandatory fees are not covered by tuition waivers. These must be paid by the student.
Non-M.P.H. Assistantships and Tuition Waivers
In addition to M.P.H. assistantships and tuition waivers, M.P.H. students may also qualify for this type of aid offered by other University units. For an up-to-date listing of open positions, visit the UND School of Graduate Studies. If a student is offered an assistantship and/or tuition waiver from a University unit outside of the M.P.H. Program, the student must inform the Program before accepting the assistantship and verify the parameters of the award.
Full-time employees of UND and other North Dakota University System (NDUS) schools are eligible for tuition waivers according to NDUS policy number 820.2e.
Please contact the M.P.H. Program Assistant Director at ashley.bayne@UND.edu or 701.777.6368 with questions about graduate assistantships and tuition waivers.
Visit UND Admissions to view current tuition rates, fees, and payment options.
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Bank of North Dakota Loan Consolidation
The Bank of North Dakota (BND) allows North Dakota residents (having lived at a physical address in North Dakota for the past six months) to refinance all students loans, most often resulting in a lowered interest rate.
Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP)
M.P.H. students from WRGP states are eligible for North Dakota resident tuition rate.