Accreditation & Outcomes

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 National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration.

M.P.A. Program Annual Report

Internship Placement

Our students interned in the following organizations in 2020-2021:

  • BankWest
  • City of Vermillion
  • Office of Representative Dusty Johnson, Washington, DC
  • Lower Brule Sioux Tribe
  • National Music Museum
  • Project Turnabout
  • Rapid City Police Department
  • Sanford Health
  • Sanford Office of Grants

Employment Placement

Employment by sector of our most recent M.P.A. graduates.

2017-2018 2019-2020
National or central government in the same country as the program 0 0
State, provincial or regional government in the same country as the program 1 0
City, County, or other local government in the same country as the program 2 1
Government not in the same country as the program (all levels) or international quasi-governmental 0 0
Nonprofit domestic-oriented 2 3
Nonprofit/NGOs internationally-oriented 0 0
Private Sector - Research/Consulting 1 0
Private Sector but not research/ consulting 0 1
Obtaining further education 1 0
Military Service 2 0
Unemployed (not seeking employment) 0 0
Unemployed (seeking employment) 0 0
Status Unknown 1 0
Total 10 5

Graduation Profile

Completion rates for the class five years prior to the current annual report year.

2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020
Number of Students Entering Program 7 8 9 4 6
Number of Students Graduating Within 2 Years (Normal Progress) 5 6 6 4 4
Number of Students Graduating Within 3 Years 6 7 7 4 N/A
Number of Students Graduating Within 4 Years 6 7 8 4 N/A