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 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

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

  1. Completed Graduate Application
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  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. Official copy of GRE scores
  7. Applicants may submit a summary of any relevant professional experience and/or public service
  8. Additional requirements exist for international applicants.  For more information, visit International Admission Requirements

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

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

Application Deadlines

  • March 15 to be considered for an assistantship
  • July 15 for enrollment

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.

  • 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.