How to Apply

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Interested candidates must submit their application online during the month of November. Applications will be scored and class selections are made in December. There are no fees to participate in the program. For questions about the application process, please contact Assistant City Administrator Jason Tomanek at (701) 355-1300 or

Eligibility Requirements

Residents, business owners or students in Bismarck interested in participating in the Citizen Academy must meet the following criteria to apply: 

  • Must be at least 18 years old. 
  • Must be able to attend all sessions. 
  • One participant per household allowed. 
  • City of Bismarck employees wishing to apply to the program must receive written department approval. 

Graduation Requirements

To get the best experience from the Bismarck Citizen Academy, participants are expected to attend all sessions. Participants may only miss two sessions to graduate from the program. Orientation and Graduation sessions are mandatory.