Political Science Graduate


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

Learn to become a strong leader within public and non-profit organizations and effect change for your organization and your cause.

Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.)
Graduates of the University of South Dakota's public administration program serve at all levels of government and nonprofit organizations in the United States and abroad.

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Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA)
Designed for seasoned public service professionals who seek to advance their understanding of administration in public and nonprofit organizations.

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M.P.A. Admission Requirements

Required Exam


Application Requirements

  • $35 Application fee
  • Undergraduate record and grade point average
  • Prior graduate education (if applicable)
  • Letters of recommendation (3)
  • Statement of purpose explaining why they have chosen to pursue graduate education in public administration, and a career in public service.

For Executive Master of Public Administration admission requirements, visit Online Executive Master of Public Administration.


The Classroom & Beyond

  • U.S. News & World Report ranks the University of South Dakota as the top 130th school among 272 listed, placing its Master of Public Administration program in the top 47 percent.

  • If you are thinking about a criminal justice or political science major and would like to utilize vital analytical thinking skills while improving your public speaking and trial abilities, think about joining to the nationally known USD Mock Trial Team. 

  • 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.