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Program Overview:

The mission of the Executive Master's degree of Public Administration program at the University of South Dakota is to strengthen the administrative competencies of public service professionals who are committed to leading public and nonprofit organizations with personal integrity, professional competence, constitutional principles and respect for human dignity.

The online Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA) program is designed for seasoned public service professionals who seek to advance their understanding of administration in public and nonprofit organizations. To that end, students build the essential skills needed to provide effective leadership, communication, innovation, and change management in the public and nonprofit organizations of the twenty-first century. This online distance learning Master's degree in Public Administration program offers a curriculum rooted in core professional competencies which ensure that graduates of the EMPA program are prepared to lead and manage organizations; participate in the public policy process; analyze, synthesize, think critically, solve problems and make decisions; articulate and apply a public service perspective; and communicate and interact productively with a diverse and changing workforce and citizenry.

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. A minimum of 5 years of cumulative professional experience, including three years at the middle-to-upper level (documented through a current resume)
  7. 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 more information about the online Executive Master of Public Administration, contact USD Online at 800-233-7937 or by e-mail at cde@usd.edu.

John Soubik Online EMPA

Online EMPA

Reasonable cost, no entrance exams, great curriculum and all from a real brick and mortar school.  Those are the reasons I chose USD.  John Soubik, Agency Workforce Planner for the Pennsylvania Dept. of Transportation, Coal Township, PA