Application Requirements

Candidates for the M.P.A. program should:

  • Have an undergraduate GPA of greater than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Have GRE scores of at least 151 on the verbal section, 144 on the quantitative section or an LSAT score greater than 150
  • Provide a statement of purpose explaining why they have chosen to pursue graduate education in public administration and a career in public service

Program Requirements

The program requires 42 credit hours overall, including:

  • 30 hours of M.P.A. core coursework
  • Nine hours of electives
  • A three-hour internship

For law students enrolled in the joint J.D./M.P.A. program, the nine hours of elective coursework is fulfilled through approved law courses. Additionally, nine hours of political science courses are counted toward the J.D.

For more information, contact business@usd.edu.