College of Arts & Sciences Political Science

Master of Public Administration

Program Overview

The Master of Public Administration program (MPA) is designed to prepare students for careers in public service. 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.

The department, with its rich multidisciplinary faculty, diverse student body, and excellent facilities, offers a rich and challenging environment for graduate education in public administration.

At USD students experience high quality faculty and staff and learn in a supportive environment that will prepare them well for the challenges of the twenty-first century.

The program has a generalist focus, designed to prepare students with a strong theoretical background, as well as an experiential component to provide a practical experience for students to test out that theoretical knowledge.  We hope that this will give you the wisdom to know and the courage to act in the public interest.

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USD is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools to offer baccalaureate, masters, specialist, and doctoral programs.  The Master of Public Administration program is accredited by NASPAA, the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration.

Diversity Statement

The MPA program endorses the USD inclusive excellence as identified in the University of South Dakota's Diversity and Inclusiveness Statement.