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Prepare to lead and manage your organization.

The Master of Science in Administration Program from the University of South Dakota is a cross-disciplinary program that provides the primary tools and organizational skills necessary to effectively perform administrative roles in public service oriented organizations.   

This degree is delivered online, offering convenience and flexibility for working professionals. 

M.S. in Administration online coursework focuses on the practical application of administrative theory, and the development of an intellectual framework for analyzing and successfully addressing the challenges faced by modern administrators. Our online Master of Science in Administration programs benefit mid-career professionals working in a variety of settings, including government agencies, nonprofit and social service organizations, health care, and education – as well as private sector organizations that provide public services. Graduates of the M.S. in Administration program are prepared to lead and manage organizations; analyze, think critically, solve problems, and make decisions; adequately consider the ethical and legal implications of their administrative decisions; and communicate effectively with organizational members and stakeholders. If you're looking for online Master of Science in Administration programs that can help you develop your management and health care skills, look no further than the University of South Dakota.

Areas of Specialization: 

Organizational Leadership

Health Services Administration

Long Term Care Administration

Criminal Justice Studies

Addiction Studies

Interdisciplinary Studies

Human Resources

Admission Requirements: 

Applicants to the Master of Science (M.S.) in Administration program must meet all of the admission requirements of the Graduate School and are required to demonstrate their likelihood of success as graduate students in the program. Along those lines, the program will consider the following when making admissions decisions:

  1. Undergraduate record and grade point average (2.7 or greater on a 4.0 scale)
  2. Professional experience (Minimum of 3 years)
  3. Prior graduate education (if applicable)
  4. Three letters of recommendation
  5. Statement of purpose explaining why they have chosen to pursue graduate education through the MSA program

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

  1. Completed Graduate School Application
             Apply Online
  2. $35 application fee
  3. Statement of Purpose (250-word minimum)
  4. Resume
  5. Official transcripts from all institutions of higher learning attended
  6. Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
             Letter of Recommendation Form

For more information about the online Master of Science in Administration, contact USD Online at 800-233-7937 or by e-mail at

Laura Kelly

After a lot of research, I decided that the cost and flexibility of the Master of Science in Administration program at USD was a right fit for me.  I am confident earning an advanced degree will create enhanced professional opportunities.  Laura Kelly, President and CEO, Health Access Pueblo, Inc., Pueblo, Colo.