College of Arts & Sciences Political Science

Executive Master of Public Administration Program

Program Overview

The Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA) program is designed for seasoned public service professionals who seek to advance their understanding of administration in public and nonprofit organizations. To that end, students build the essential skills needed to provide effective leadership, communication, innovation, and change management in the public and nonprofit organizations of the twenty-first century.  The program offers a curriculum rooted in core professional competencies which ensure that graduates of the EMPA program are prepared to lead and manage organizations; participate in the policy process; analyze, synthesize, think critically, solve problems and make decisions; articulate and apply a public service perspective; and communicate and interact productively with a diverse and changing workforce and citizenry.

Faculty members teaching in the EMPA program include experts in teaching and research in the fields of public policy and administration, along with highly experienced practitioner-scholars actively engaged in leadership roles within public and nonprofit organizations. Enrolled students become members of the University of South Dakota, the Department of Political Science, and the W. O. Farber Center for Civic Leadership, with opportunities to make contributions to each.  The department is also home to the Government Research Bureau, which has a distinguished history of conducting applied research through application of the most modern and innovative analysis tools. 

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