Political Science Graduate


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

Focused on the study of politics, government policies and domestic and international issues.

Master of Arts (M.A.)

A program designed to advance understanding and explanation in the fields of American politics & public policy, and international relations.

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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

A program designed to advance understanding and explanation in the fields of public administration and policy and American political institutions that is able to accommodate non-traditional students maintaining full-time employment, as well as traditional students who make doctoral studies their primary professional focus.

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  • American Politics and Public Policy (M.A.)
  • International Relations (M.A.) 

Emphasis Areas

  • American Political Institutions (Ph.D.)
  • Public Administration and Public Policy (Ph.D.)

Admission Requirements

Required Exam


Application Requirements

  • $35 Application fee
  • Statement of purpose
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended

Application Deadline

February 15 to be considered for an assistantship
July 15 for enrollment

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.

  • 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.