Political Science Graduate


You will acquire the skills to become successful in the public or private sector.  

Administrators create laws, set policy and provide for public safety. They are an incredibly important facet of a properly functioning public system.


Master of Science in Administration (M.S.A.)

A cross-disciplinary program that provides the primary tools and organizational skills necessary to effectively perform administrative roles in public service oriented organizations.

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  • Organizational Leadership
  • Health Services Administration
  • Long Term Care Administration
  • Human Resource Management
  • Criminal Justice Studies
  • Addiction Studies
  • Interdisciplinary Studies

Admission Requirements

Application requirements can be found at Graduate School Admission Requirements and include:

  1. Completed Graduate Application
    Apply Online
  2. $35 application fee
  3. One official transcript verifying receipt of an undergraduate degree and previous graduate credit earned
  4. Three letters of recommendation
    Letter of Recommendation Form
  5. Statement of Purpose
  6. Resume
  7. Professional experience (minimum of three years)
  8. Additional requirements exist for international applicants.  For more information, visit International Admission Requirements

For more detailed admission requirements, please refer to Administration in the current graduate catalog.

Application Deadline

  • Six weeks before classes start

The Classroom & Beyond

  • This active club organizes trips, brings speakers to campus, hosts an evening film series and sponsors other social and academic activities throughout the year.

  • Faculty led study trips to Italy and Ireland are now available. Political science, criminal justice and international studies majors are eligible to receive Farber Funding.

  • A wide variety of internship experiences are available to students, who are especially encouraged to intern with the U.S. Congress and the SD State Legislature.